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Sen. Mike Lee said he was trying to show how foolish many of the components of the Green New Deal are by showcasing pictures of tauntauns—fictional animals from "Star Wars" which Lee said we would be forced to ride due to the the GND's restrictive emissions standards. Lee's argument ended with a call for Americans to give birth to more babies in order to combat climate change. 

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His speech also included a picture of "President Ronald Reagan firing a machine gun while riding on the back of a dinosaur."

You will note both the rocket launcher strapped to his back, and the stirring patriotism of the velociraptor holding up the tattered American flag.
Now, critics might quibble with this depiction of the climactic battle of the Cold War, because – while awesome – in real life there was no climactic battle, with or without velociraptors.
The Cold War was won without firing a shot.
But that quibble actually serves our purposes here today, Mr. President.
Because this image has as much to do with overcoming Soviet communism in the 20th century as the Green New Deal has to do with overcoming climate change in the 21st.
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According to Politico, Lee claimed this was all a rhetorical device. 

Lee on Wednesday insisted his floor stunt, which propelled the senator into a Twitter trending topic, was meant to illustrate how silly he believes the non-binding resolution to be.
“This isn’t going to pass — not today, not any time soon certainly. Rather, after reading the Green New Deal, I’m mostly afraid of not being able to get through this speech with a straight face,” he said on the floor. “For, Mr. President, I rise today to consider the Green New Deal with the seriousness it deserves.”
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Most people were shocked at the cavalier way the senator was discussing the Green New Deal–a serious attempt to combat climate change. At one point he went so far as to describe a lengthy scene from the movie "Sharknado."

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Most people expressed general shock.

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The Washington Post, though, discussed the many ways Lee's argument for producing more babies as a way to combat was actually contradicted by science. 

“Climate change . . . is a challenge of creativity, ingenuity and technological invention,” Lee said. “And problems of human imagination are not solved by more laws, but by more humans. More people mean bigger markets for innovation. More babies mean more forward-looking adults — the sort we need to tackle long-term, large-scale problems.”
This recommendation, to add more people to the planet, doesn’t track with science or reason. A 2017 research article determined that one way an individual could contribute to eliminating greenhouse gases is to have one fewer child.
...Lee was not advocating for a global baby boom, but specified that it’s the birth of more American children who will lead to climate change solutions.
“American babies, in particular, are likely going to be wealthier, better educated, and more conservation-minded than children raised in still-industrializing regions,” Lee said.
Actually, the smartest high school students are consistently located outside of the United States. In fact, in a 2015 study, U.S. students ranked 38th of 71 countries in math and 24th in science. Singapore, Japan, Taiwan and Finland led the rankings.
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