The article is right to denoune the Green New Deal as the political sham it is, caught between two contradictory needs in modern bourgeois leftism to on the one hand speak to those concerned about the moral and cultural issues of constructing a better humanity and on the other those defending their material conditions of life right now. The article is right to link this dilemna to the Yellow Vest movement and other expressions of "anti-envrionmental social movements." The idea that there can be a state capitalist program that both protects the natural environment, while at the same time promoting the economic growth and development necesarry to sustain a certain standard of living is indeed either a deliberate ideological manipulation or a fantastical illusion borne of the magical thinking that comes from theories like MMT (debt doesn't really matter).
Still, I am not sure the article gets past the central problematic: is the irreconcilability of these two things a problem borne from the profit motive of capitalism alone or is it a reflection of a civilizational impasse of modernity in which the standard of living achieved by the Western working class under post-war Fordism-Keynsianism cannot be sustained as a technical matter without endangering the bioshphere that sustains human life. In other words, regardless of the underlying economic system, saving the planet requires either austerity against the global proletariat or a radical refashioning of social life such that the "good life" is measured in other ways than consumerized material abundance (but is that just austerity with another name?). In any event, the ideology of the Green New Deal proves attractive today precisely because it doesn't have to deal with that problem. It wishes it away with funny money.
One other note: I think the metaphor of the "destruction of nature," is problematic. Perhaps there is some polemical value in the construction, but as a philosophical or scientific matter (not sure which), I don't think nature can be destroyed--it can only be changed.