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Bernie Sanders unveiled an ambitious climate change plan Thursday with a $16 trillion price tag that promises to create 20 million new jobs and end unemployment in America.
Billed as the 'Green New Deal,' the 2020 presidential candidate's proposal capitalizes on the notoriety of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez's climate change framework of the same name and declares global warming a climate emergency.
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'Bernie will declare a national emergency on climate change and take immediate, large-scale action to reverse its effects,' the white paper on the senator's plan says. 'This is an existential threat and we will do whatever it takes to confront it.'
The plan will pay for itself over 15 years and make the United States total reliant on renewable energy for electricity and transportation, an outline boasts.
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Sanders drops highly-criticized recommendations to eliminate all sources of methane, including farting cows, and end airplane travel, and refocuses his plan around an Obama-era plan to build high speed rail system across the entire nation.
He also pledges to invest heavily in an electric vehicle charging infrastructure.
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'We will move beyond oil toward an electric car. Concerns of cost and whether there will be access to a charging station have prevented many people from being able to choose this low-carbon option. We are going to change that,' the proposal declares.
It insists, 'When Bernie is president, he is going to fully transform our energy sector away from fossil fuels, ensuring no one is priced out of this transition.'
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Sanders' plan does more than just wean the U.S. off fossil fuels. He vows to prosecute oil companies and penalize them for the release of pollutants.
He advocates for both criminal and civil suits in his plan yet leaves it up to states and local governments in a rare endorsement of federalism to determine how they'd like...
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