Democratic Presidential contender Bernie Sanders released his climate change agenda on Monday, which will help in ending the nation’s dependency on oil, coal and nuclear energy.
U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont has unveiled his plan that is supposed to create 10 million jobs in clean energy, including geothermal, wind and solar power. The plan also envisions banning oil and gas lobbyist from working in the White House, as well as ending new fossil fuel lease sales on public lands and cutting carbon emission much faster in the course of few decades. The plan is supposed to be much more comprehensive in cutting carbon emissions than the one that President Barack Obama has.
According to Reuters, Bernie Sanders stated “It’s time for a political revolution that takes on the fossil fuel billionaires, accelerates our transition to clean energy and finally puts people before the profits of polluters.”
Sanders has unveiled his climate change agenda in time when 190 world leaders have met on the ongoing climate change conference in Paris in order to reach a mutual agreement to curb the threat of climate change.
Bernie Sanders, a self-proclaimed democratic socialist, is the main rival of Hillary Clinton in the race for the Democrat nomination for the 2016 Elections for President of the United States and he has been pushing her to the left ever since he announces his candidacy for White House. In fear of losing support, Clinton has adopted many progressive stances, including her stance on curbing climate change.
However, she has not been as progressive as Sanders is in regards to climate change, because Sanders has been direct and very open in his opposition to the Keystone XL oil pipeline. Clinton, on the other hand has announced her opposition to the pipeline shortly before President Obama decided to reject it. She also is very pragmatic in not lifting the ban of most oil exports, when it comes to tradeoffs for clean energy and she has stated that it would be very irresponsible to make an abrupt stop of gas, oil and coal extraction on public lands, because such policy should take time.
Sanders has also pledged to ban mountaintop mining, as it is the practice in the Appalachian states and instead he would invest in the communities of those states. However, it is not specifically outlined how much money it would take for investment in that particular region.
He is a co-sponsor of a bill that would ban future fossil fuel lease sales on public lands and will introduce a legislation to provide fossil fuel workers a benefits package, such as education opportunities, healthcare and job training.