Speaking at a rally in Sacramento on Thursday, Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders unveiled a plan that would “launch a decade of the Green New Deal."
Bernie's climate change strategy would cost the U.S. roughly $16.3 trillion and would factor climate change into every policy action -- from immigration to foreign policy -- while promising to create 20 million jobs in the process. According to Sanders, the U.S. achieve "full decarbonization" by 2050 and generate 100% of its electricity from renewable energy by 2030.
Speaking in front of about 5,000 people both inside and outside the park, Bernie accused fossil fuel companies of sacrificing the entire planet in the name of profits, even if only for the short term.
“We are going to invest massively in wind, solar and other sustainable energies,” Sanders told the crowd.
Bernie's plan would aggressively move the U.S. off fossil fuels in the electricity, transportation and building sectors. Sanders also expressed his desire to restore the Paris Climate Agreement, in which the U.S. would once again lead the way spend trillions of dollars to assist fossil fuel workers. It also bans the practice of fracking to extract natural gas and oil, as well as importing and exporting fossil fuels, and practically prohibits nuclear power plant license renewals.
“We cannot turn our backs on this crisis,” Sanders said. “We have got to lead the entire world in a new energy direction.”
As climate change continues to become more and more important for younger Democratic voters, many other presidential hopefuls have adopted very similar plans and proposals in an attempt to leap frog one another. Among those who have talked about these proposals are Cory Booker, Beto O' Rourke, Joe Biden, Cory Booker, and Elizabeth Warren.
The "Green New Deal" has become a political talking point for Trump and Republicans in Congress who call the plan socialist, radical and too expensive.
Just as Trump once claimed the wall would "pay for itself" by saving the U.S. billions of dollars a year, Bernie says his version of the "Green New Deal" would "pay for itself in 15 years."