The Green New Deal makes some sense but unrealistic

The Green New Deal proposed by energetic U.S. Rep. AOC (Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) of New York makes some sense but is unrealistic. Our planet needs to find a way to wean ourselves off our limited amount of oil and natural gas.

But AOC’s plan to accomplish this in 12 years is not fully thought through — for example, it would require us to eliminate airplanes, a tough pill to swallow for us islanders living in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

In the past our country accomplished landing on the moon in a decade, which President Kennedy’s chief science adviser complained was unrealistic. He was told in 1961, “We don’t have the fuels, the electronics, or the metals to do anything like that, let alone in a decade.”

The goal of landing a person on the moon and returning him safely back to Earth was accomplished in less than a decade in the 1960s.

I have proposed a goal for Maui, as it has never been done on this large a scale. I want to create the ideal society.

In 2009 I wrote the pamphlet, or mini-book, “Creating Mauitopia: Making Maui a Real Paradise” (updated edition available for free at

We will bring into fruition the first large-scale utopian society and make Maui truly no ka oi in a few decades, including implementing our local green new deal.

Like going to the moon, creating Mauitopia is hard but realistic. Let’s do it!

Ori Kopelman