Even as you read this — before the horrendous “New Green Deal” now being praised and hyped by most Democrats and every socialist in the House of Representatives is even voted on in the U.S. Congress — the light bulbs in 23 New York City housing projects are being changed.

Not because the existing lights don’t work, mind you, but because regulations there require that the old incandescent bulbs be replaced with “energy saving” LED bulbs.

The cost of that project?

MORE THAN $1,900 FOR EACH ONE- TO TWO-BEDROOM APARTMENT.

Let that figure sink in.

That’s because the law there requires those bulbs to be removed and replaced by unionized bulb changers, who earn $81 in base pay and $54 in benefits per hour, bringing the total cost of that one “green” project to $33.2 million, according to figures reported by the Wall Street Journal.

And with no offense whatsoever to those unionized workers, that is a categorically ridiculous amount of money that is being wasted.

But here’s the scary part: New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ “New Green Deal” bill, if approved as written, requires the similar refitting of EVERY BUILDING IN THE UNITED STATES — RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL — WITH ‘ENERGY EFFICIENT’ DEVICES.

Yep, that means YOURS and MINE ... at OUR expense, NO MATTER WHAT IT COSTS.

To replace such appliances and devices isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but that should be OUR CHOICE, not Mz. Ocrazio-Cortez’.

Every one of you reading this right now would have to shell out enormous and obscene amounts of cash to refurbish your homes/businesses to AOC’s insane standards.

Oh, one more thing ... don’t think that you could replace all of these bulbs and devices yourself, or hire Joe the non-union neighborhood handyman to do it for you ... the “NGD” bill DEMANDS that the work be done, and I quote here, through “high-quality union jobs that pay prevailing wages”.

Ocasio-Cortez’ problem is, she’s never lived in the real world. Her fairy-tale world has very apparently been so centered around the likes of Sen. Bernie “Mr. Socialist” Sanders’ “big government is better” garbage that she cannot (or does not feel the need to) understand simple economics.

I am all in favor of taking care of our environment ... but through common-sense means that won’t bankrupt this nation and the folks who call it home, please and thank you.

I am also not naive enough to think, as does Ocasio-Cortez, that the impractical and nonsensical “green” agenda she is so head-over-heels infatuated with will happen within the next 10 years. Probably not the next 20, if you want to be honest, and for a couple of reasons: 1) the technology to make much of it happen in an affordable, workable manner does not exist today; and 2) to ban fossil fuels would decimate a segment of our economy that amounts to some 20% of our total GNP and send millions to the unemployment lines.

Alternative sources of energy such as wind and solar are great ... as long as you have lots of land/space on which to install those devices, and as long as the sun shines and the wind blows. But when its cloudy or a breezeless day, you still have to have FOSSIL FUEL BACKUP in order to produce power.

Electric cars are OK, too, but I would venture to say there aren’t enough charging stations in the entire state of Tennessee to handle the number of vehicles in a town the size of Surgoinsville, for crying out loud. So, when the batteries die, YOU NEED GOOD OL’ GAS TO MOVE SAID VEHICLE FROM POINT A TO POINT B.

Memo to AOC: it ain’t that hard to understand.

The left-wing liberal looney tunes in Congress — including several Democrats who are now running for president (God help us!) — also want to ban air travel, raise the minimum wage to $15-$20 per hour, and do away with farms and ranches that raise beef cattle and other meat-producing animals because they — how shall I put this delicately? — fart, which contributes to global warming and greenhouse ... er, gases.

Ocasio-Cortez’ colorfully descriptive word, readers, not mine!

There is also talk of taxing most of us at a 70% rate ... 90% if you happen to earn more than $1 million a year.

How out-of-touch can one person be? You can’t make this stuff up, folks!

I really don’t know why Ocasio-Cortez is so bent on bankrupting America to save the country in 10 years, because she also thinks the world will end in 12, so — as I say with tongue firmly in cheek — if that’s the case, why bother??? All we have to do is hang on another couple of years afterward and the Good Lord himself will take care of what happens then!

Actually, if Ocasio-Cortez would read the Bible she would learn that NO ONE except God himself knows the day and time that the Earth will cease to exist, and I just don’t think she has more insight into when that moment will happen that the Architect of the Universe.

Just sayin’!

If she also studied 6th grade earth science she would know that this third rock from the sun upon which we live has undergone many “climate” changes in its history. It warms up, it cools down. Sometimes in big and destructive ways. But through it all, the Earth has always survived and miraculously healed itself.

Again, just sayin’.

We should be very worried about the scheming that’s going on amongst the Socialistcrats in DC right now, because if this nightmare of a “green” bill is approved, it will open the floodgates to even more iron-fisted “Big Brother” controls and outright communistic control of every aspect of our lives, jobs, and pocketbooks.

Socialism doesn’t work any place in the world where it has been tried and it won’t work here. The dismal failure of the Obamacare healthcare debacle is proof of that.

America was founded on the principles of FREEDOM and CAPITALISM.

We need to remember that come election day 2020.

That’s my view and I don’t apologize for one word of it.

What say you?