[Vision2020] Bernie Sanders Announces Aggressive Anti-Global Warming Plan

Kenneth Marcy kmmos1 at frontier.com
Tue Dec 8 20:18:48 PST 2015

Bernie Sanders Announces Aggressive Anti-Global Warming Plan

Cenk Uygur speaks about Bernie Sanders's recently announced climate plan:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OVBHxhzV-98     Time Length: 7:20

Here's some background information Uygur used in his report:


On Monday, Bernie Sanders's presidential campaign unveiled a big new 
climate platform <https://berniesanders.com/people-before-polluters/> — 
Sanders's grand vision for how he'd like to tackle global warming. And 
there are two main components here:

 1. First, Sanders is proposing a slew of policies aimed at cutting US
    greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050 while
    trying to phase out nuclear power. Steps include: a carbon tax,
    major investments in renewable energy and electric vehicles, and aid
    for dislocated workers and vulnerable communities.
 2. Second, Sanders is touting a//strategy for weakening the influence
    of oil, gas, and coal companies, which, he argues, is /the/ key
    reason we haven't solved climate change yet. Actions here include:
    banning fossil fuel lobbyists from the White House, repealing tax
    breaks for oil firms, and blocking new drilling and fossil fuel
    exports where possible. It also includes getting the Justice
    Department to investigate companies, like ExxonMobil, suspected of
    funding climate denial. And it includes restricting corporate
    funding of electoral campaigns.

Much of the coverage so far has focused on the first part, the ambitious 
targets and the carbon tax. We'll get to those in a bit. But it's 
arguably the second part, the call for all-out war against fossil fuel 
interests, that sets Sanders's platform apart from traditional 
Democratic climate proposals.


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