Epoch Times: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a self-described socialist who is vying for the Democratic presidential nomination, released a “Green New Deal” plan that his campaign estimates will cost $16 trillion.
Sanders, who was runner-up to Hillary Clinton in 2016, says that the United States “must act immediately” to combat “the climate crisis,” calling it “the single greatest challenge facing our country.”
“Climate change is a global emergency. The Amazon rainforest is burning, Greenland’s ice shelf is melting, and the Arctic is on fire. People across the country and the world are already experiencing the deadly consequences of our climate crisis, as extreme weather events like heat waves, wildfires, droughts, floods, and hurricanes upend entire communities, ecosystems, economies, and ways of life, as well as endanger millions of lives,” he said on his campaign website.
“Communities of color, working-class people, and the global poor have borne and will bear this burden disproportionately.”
“The scientific community is telling us in no uncertain terms that we have less than 11 years left to transform our energy system away from fossil fuels to energy efficiency and sustainable energy, if we are going to leave this planet healthy and habitable for ourselves, our children, grandchildren, and future generations,” he added. more here