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(CNSNews.com) - "Climate change is a global emergency," Sen. Bernie Sanders declared, and on Thursday, he unveiled a $16.3 TRILLION plan -- that's Trillion with a "T," to fight climate change.
According to Sanders' campaign website, he aims to reach 100 percent renewable energy for electricity and transportation by no later than 2030 and complete decarbonization by 2050 at latest. He would do this by "expanding the existing federal Power Marketing Administrations to build new solar, wind, and geothermal energy sources."
Takeover - Words
A federal takeover, in other words.
The four existing federal Power Marketing Administrations (PMAs) include the Bonneville Power Administration; Western Area Power Administration; Southeastern Power Administration; and Southwestern Power Administration. They, along with the Tennessee Valley Administration, operate electric systems and sell the electrical output of federally owned and operated hydroelectric dams in 34 states.
Sanders - PMA - States - Territories - PMAs
Sanders said he will create one more PMA to cover the remaining states and territories -- "and expand the existing PMAs to build more than enough wind, solar, energy storage and geothermal power plants."
Combined with a new EPA federal renewable energy standard, this will fully drive out non-sustainable generation sources," the plan says.
Sanders - Plan - Thursday - Night - MSNBC
Sanders discussed his plan Thursday night with MSNBC's Chris Hayes:
"So if we believe, Chris, that climate change is real, if we believe what the scientists are telling us, we have got to be bold. We have got to be comprehensive. We have got to be aggressive. That is what that plan is about."
Hayes - Sanders - Takeover - US - Energy
Hayes noted that Sanders is basically proposing a federal takeover of U.S. renewable energy generation, "essentially a Tennessee Valley Authority extension for the whole country, am I understanding that correctly?" Hayes asked.
"Yes," Sanders replied, "you're in the ballpark, that's right. Look, the TVA has done a lot of good work. It produces electricity from hydropower and other sources.
"What we need to do is have...
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