Sanders Releases ‘Green New Deal’ He Says Will Create 20 Million Jobs

Clay Curtis
August 25, 2019

Jack Shapiro, senior climate campaigner with Greenpeace USA, said, "If fossil fuel executives and lobbyists reading Sanders' plan are scared, they should be". It also calls for the U.S.to completely ditch fossil fuels by 2050.

As noted by the New York Times, the proposed bill by Sanders would declare "climate change a national emergency; envisions building new solar, wind and geothermal power sources across the country; and commits $200 billion to help poor nations cope with climate change".

The Sanders plan channels the rhetoric of the climate movement, calling for a World War II-style mobilization to halt and reverse the effects of global warming over a decade. "Programs such as the Historically Underutilized Business Zones will be expanded under the Green New Deal to promote job growth in economically distressed communities".

Sanders is just the latest Democratic presidential contender to release details of his climate plans.

"Bernie promises to go further than any other presidential candidate in history to end the fossil fuel industry's greed, including by making the industry pay for its pollution and prosecuting it for the damage it has caused", The Green New Deal says.

Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., rolled out an ambitious and encompassing $16.3 trillion climate change proposal Thursday that calls for the United States to exclusively rely on renewable energy for electricity and transportation by 2030 and fully decarbonize the economy by 2050.

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The proposal is comprehensive with the considerable investment, with Sanders saying his administration could create 20 million new jobs in steel and auto manufacturing, construction, energy efficiency retrofitting, coding and server farms and renewable power plants.

Sanders in his plan promises to "aggressively enforce" the Clean Air Act, through the Environmental Protection Agency, to restrict unsafe emissions. Elizabeth Warren and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, who released a robust suite of cross-sector plans before ending his campaign on Wednesday.

The plan includes new labor protections for workers, too, promising five years of unemployment insurance, guaranteed wages, vocational training and job placement for those who may have lost work in the transition to a green economy. In recent remarks on the campaign trail, he has promised to reassert USA power internationally by taking a more assertive role in climate talks.

Across the world, Sanders noted on his website, there is an overwhelming abundance of evidence testifying to the severity of the climate crisis and the urgent need for bold action.

"The reality is Bernie Sanders actually supports socialism, and we know that socialism will actually decrease union workers and jobs in their field", he said Thursday. Any serious plan to address climate chaos must start with a ban on fracking and a halt to all new fossil fuel development.

"The climate crisis is the greatest challenge facing humanity".

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