Bernie Sanders Proposes Huge Environmental Action Plan

The plan essentially aims to remove all fossil fuel supported systems in the US by 2030. The Sanders Green New Deal strives to remake essentially all aspects of U.S. society by eliminating support for the fossil fuel industry and booming clean energy through investments in wind, solar, energy efficiency, and electrified transport. The plan’s ambition comes with the characteristic Sanders candor, “The federal government electrified America as part of the New Deal. The United States of America put people on the moon 50 years ago. We can sure as hell transform our energy system away from fossil fuels to 100 percent renewables today and create millions of jobs in the process.” The plan would require an investment of $16.3 trillion, the biggest spend a Democratic candidate has proposed thus far, with $1.52 trillion going directly to renewable energy and $852 billion to the build-out of energy storage. To pay for it all, the Sanders campaign said it would eliminate fossil fuel subsidies, cut back global military spending on oil-related activities, and rely on new income tax revenue from the 20 million jobs it said the plan will create. The Sanders administration would also rake in money from electricity revenues between 2023 and 2035, after which it said electricity will be “virtually free,” as well as making the wealthy and large corporations pay their fair share." This call from the Sanders camp is exactly what we need to see in our leaders in order to make the big changes that this planet demands. We can’t tip toe around trying to make small changes here and there in how we produce and use our energy, we each have to do as much as we can asap in order to give ourselves and our kids the best chance to evade living on a toxic planet.