"As President, Bernie Sanders will boldly embrace the moral imperative of climate change and mobilize the political will necessary for a wholesale transformation of our society, with massive investments in sustainable energy, energy efficiency, and a transformation of our transportation system", his plan says.
"With this aggressive and inspired plan, Senator Sanders has set a clear benchmark for meaningful climate and energy policy in the presidential race and beyond", said Hauter.
While the Vermont senator had already endorsed the sweeping Democratic proposal to combat climate change and had teamed up with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of NY on climate legislation, Sanders' climate plan provides the most detail yet on how he envisions the climate change moonshot taking shape if he is elected president.
President Donald Trump and his Republican allies have denounced Ocasio-Cortez's climate proposals as a socialist fantasy, and even other Democratic presidential candidates have expressed misgivings about the cost of the Green New Deal, and the risk that it would alienate moderate voters.
In regard to the plan's outcome, Sanders also claims it will ultimately pay for itself within the next 15 years, and create 20 million new jobs for Americans. Unlike the original GND, Sanders recognizes this reality and spills considerable ink on proposals to rejoin the Paris agreement, provide $200 billion to the Green Climate Fund, and other global initiatives. Sanders takes nuclear off the table - "This plan will stop the building of new nuclear power plants and find a real solution to our existing nuclear waste problem".
The language in Sanders's plan indicates he's ready to tussle with Big Oil: He says he would direct his Department of Justice to go after fossil fuel companies for both civil and criminal penalties.
Read the full proposal here.
Ensuring what activists call "a just transition" for workers in fossil fuel industries displaced by these changes, including a guarantee of five years of their current salary, housing assistance, job training, health care, pension support and job placement or early retirement packages. He also plans on establishing a $40 billion Climate Justice Resiliency Fund specifically to help communities of color prepare for climate impacts.
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.
"This is a pivotal moment in the history of America-and really, in the history of humanity", Sanders, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, said in a statement.
"So my question is you seem adamant about climate change", said the student. So if at the next round of debates, fellow candidate and Senator Kamala Harris utters her support for a "Green New Deal", as she has in the previous two, she'll essentially be saying she supports Sanders' plan.
First, the energy challenge: Sanders promises to reach "100 percent renewable energy for electricity and transportation by no later than 2030 and complete decarbonization by at least 2050".