With the departure of the Government of Washington this week, Jay Inslee of the Democratic primary of 2020, there is now an opening for one of the other candidates to become a champion of climate change.
It seems that Sen. Bernie Sanders wants to be this candidate.
Congratulations to @JayInslee on his influential campaign to bring the climate crisis to the fore in the national conversation. There is no more important question for humanity. Together we will work to move the Green New Deal and create millions of jobs.
̵1; Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders)
August 22, 2019
The Vermont senator's campaign on Thursday unveiled its version of the Green New Deal, a measure first proposed by Democratic Republic of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markie. Like the original non-binding resolution backed by the New York congressman, Sanders' proposal promises to create millions of jobs while eliminating the need for fossil fuels. And like the plan of the same name, unveiled in February, the Sanders terrain promises to provide a "fairer and fairer future."
And all this for the low, low price of just $ 16.3 trillion, according to the senator's own estimates. Of course, this can be a lot of money, but it is significantly cheaper than the Ocasio-Cortez deal, which can cost anywhere between $ 52 and $ 93 trillion.
The Sanders scheme calls for a special elimination of fossil fuels by 2050. In return, the senator promises an additional 20 million jobs.
"The climate crisis is not our only greatest challenge to our country," the senator's plan says, "it is also our greatest opportunity to build a fairer and fairer future, but we must act immediately. "
He adds:" We need a president who has the courage, the vision and the record to deal with the greed of fossil fuel contractors and the billionaire class who are taking the climate action. We need a president who welcomes their hatred. Bernie will force our country to launch the Green New Deal and unite the world to defeat the existential threat of climate change. "
To combat the adverse effects of climate change, Sanders proposes the following allocation of public funds:
And much, much more.
The senator's campaign promises that the plan will be paid out within 15 years, in part by forcing the fossil fuel industry to "pay for their pollution, through litigation, fees and taxes and the elimination of federal fossil fuel" subsidies. "Who knew you could tax and sue $ 16 trillion from a local market cap industry, which is a small fraction of that amount.
Most interesting, however, is what is largely missing from the 35 climate change documents.
China is mentioned only five times and India is mentioned only once. No country is explicitly recognized as a leading polluter in the world, adding more than enough carbon emissions to offset any reductions in the United States. Sanders' proposal never explains how he intends to deal with the carbon footprint of either side.
In fact, one of the only mentions of China appears in the context of the US accusation of outsourcing pollution to foreign countries, which only highlights the issue. Another mention of China comes in the context of a senator who promises "to support less industrialized countries in the Global South without China to help them reduce emissions by 36 percent from 2017 levels by 2030. . "The word" nuclear "appears only five times throughout the document. These mentions appear in one paragraph calling for an end to the "construction of new nuclear power plants" and "a real solution to our existing nuclear waste problem".
In other words, this proposal is not serious, but at least it costs much less than the earlier one!