Combating Climate Change: Save the Planet

cc-newwebsite-meta-fbThe majority of the world’s scientists agree that the debate is over. They agree that global climate change is real, that it is caused by emissions released from burning fossil fuels and it poses a catastrophic threat to the long-term longevity of our planet.

This effects everything and all of us. There is a financial cost, public health cost, and national security cost. Climate change effects our clean air and water quality which makes it a public health problem. Climate change is intensifying global conflicts and terrorism over natural resources which makes it a national security challenge.

2015_temp_recap_animation_620We haven’t tackled this global issue because executives and lobbyists for coal, oil, and gas companies have blocked every attempt to make progress on climate change. They have thrown enormous amounts of money at elected official up and down the ballot to buy their loyalty.

Right now, we have an energy policy that is rigged to boost the profits of big oil companies like Exxon, BP, and Shell at the expense of average Americans. CEO’s are ranking in record profits while climate change ravages our planet and our people – all because the wealthiest industry of our planet has bribed politicians into complacency in the face of climate change. Enough is enough. It’s time for a political revolution that takes on the fossil fuel billionaires, accelerates our transition to clean energy, and finally puts people before the profits of polluters.

– Senator Bernie Sanders

Today, nearly a full quarter of the world’s electricity comes from clean, sustainable resources like the sun and wind. Right now, solar panels cost 80 percent less than they did in 2008. The world’s nations are moving in the right direction.

In the summer of 2015, the leaders of the seven major industrialized nations, and the United States agreed to a long-term goal of phasing out fossil fuels and move to a clean energy economy.

There is only one candidate that I know will take on climate change and all of the forces opposed to the fight. That candidate is Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

The debate is over. The vast majority of the scientific community has spoken. Climate change is real, it is caused by human activity, and it is already causing devastating harm in the United States, and to people all around the globe. So what are we doing about it? We will act boldly to move our energy efficiency and sustainable energy sources like wind, solar, and geothermal because we have a moral responsibility to leave our kids a planet that is healthy and habitable.

– Senator Bernie Sanders

Senator Bernie Sanders introduced the Clean Energy Worker Just Transition Act to provide comprehensive benefits to workers as they transaction to making the solar panels, wind turbines, and batteries of tomorrow. He co-sponsored the Keep It in the Ground Act to ban future fossil fuel leases on our public lands. The bill would keep over 90 percent of the potential carbon emissions from fossil fuels on our federal lands and waters underground forever.

Senator Sanders introduced the Low Income Solar Act which would increase low-income families’ access to solar energy by making it more affordable for people who own their own home and help incentivize access to community solar projects. He secured $3.2 billion for the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant initiative in the past stimulus bill. He introduced the Residential Energy Savings Act to provide federal loans to states to perform energy efficiency updates to provide home owners with valuable energy savings.

Senator Sanders has been a champion of the Weatherization Assistance Program (WA), the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), and the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

5ffcb69ca03b42309c701ce8aa54ce22_1119_cc_deniers3_state_FBoptAs President, Senator Sanders would:

  • Cut U.S. carbon pollution by 40 percent by 2030, by over 80 percent by 2050 through putting a tax on carbon pollution, repealing fossil fuel subsidies and making massive investments in energy efficiency and clean, sustainable energy such as wind and solar power.
  • Create a Clean-Energy Workforce of 10 million good-paying jobs by creating a 100% clean energy system.
  • Create a national environmental and climate justice plan that recognizes the heightened public health risks faced by low-income and minority communities.
  • Create clean, domestic energy alternatives to power our cars and trucks.
  • Put a price on carbon
  • Stand with Vermont and other states to ban fracking for natural gas
  • Close the loopholes that allow the chemical, oil, and gas industries to pollute our air and water.
  • Protect public lands by promoting natural resource conservation and habitat preservation
  • Fight to overturn Citizens United
  • Increase fuel economy standards to 65 miles per gallon by 2025
  • Build high-speed passenger and cargo rail
  • Build electric vehicle charging stations
  • Update and modernize the enrgy grid
  • Ban Arctic oil drilling
  • Ban offshore drilling
  • Ban fossil fuel lobbyists from working in the White House
  • Ban mountaintop removal coal mining and invest in Appalachian communities
  • Stop dirty pipeline projects like the Keystone XL
  • end the huge subsides that benefit fossil fuel companies