Using presidential power: Sanders plan has no chance of passing a GOP-controlled Senate, but The Washington Post's Dino Grandoni writes that Sanders is going further than other Democrats not just in terms of spending, but also by promising to use executive power to enact much of his plan if elected.
Main image: U.S. Senator and Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaking to a crowd of almost 1,600 students at Roosevelt High School in Des Moines, Iowa, on January 28, 2016.
Sanders, who is making his second run for the Democratic Party's nominee as president, said he would declare climate change a national emergency and rejoin the Paris climate accord that President Donald Trump pulled the US out of in 2017.
Jack Shapiro, senior climate campaigner with Greenpeace USA, said, "If fossil fuel executives and lobbyists reading Sanders' plan are scared, they should be".
Mr. Sanders was an early supporter of the Green New Deal, an ambitious but nonbinding congressional plan for tackling global warming and economic inequality. Evan Weber, political director for the Sunrise Movement, a key backer of the Green New Deal movement, told The Intercept,"It definitely is the biggest and boldest plan and vision out there", adding, "both in the sheer scale of it and also in a lot of the mechanisms for achieving that scale, that really seem like [Sanders is] pushing the boundaries of how American society now is structured".Читайте также: Hong Kong protesters throng streets in heat and heavy rain
"With this aggressive and inspired plan, Senator Sanders has set a clear benchmark for meaningful climate and energy policy in the presidential race and beyond", said Hauter.
"Sanders has talked the talk on climate change from day one of his campaign".
The Vermont independent would also cut off billions in subsidies to fossil fuel companies and impose bans on extractive practices, including fracking and mountaintop coal mining, while halting the import and export of coal, oil and natural gas. "It is a global issue", Sanders said this week in Iowa. Under Sanders' Green New Deal, the federal government would provide five years of unemployment insurance, a wage guarantee, housing assistance, and job training to "any displaced worker" who loses their job during the transition to a clean-energy economy. He calls for eliminating all emissions from the transportation sector by 2030.
But while the Green New Deal (original) and its effect in shifting the conversation on climate in politics has been up to this point most closely identified with Ocasio-Cortez, today's announcement could essentially transfer the concept to Sanders. The plan does not include a carbon tax, which Sanders has supported in the past.
The US would generate 100 per cent of its electricity from renewable energy by 2030 and achieve "full decarbonisation" by 2050, according to the plan.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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