Senator Bernie Sanders released a $16.3 trillion Green New Deal plan on Thursday morning. The plan is designed to eliminate the use of fossil fuels in the United States by 2050 in order to fight the ongoing climate change crisis. It’s the most expensive Democratic proposal yet (the second highest is Elizabeth Warren’s $2 trillion green manufacturing plan) to fight global warming and greenhouse gas emissions.
The original Green New Deal, which was championed by congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, got Sanders’ support early on. His new plan will be referred to by the same name, and treats climate change as a national emergency (which it is). He already has the endorsement of the Sunshine Movement, which called “the most ambitious plan we’ve seen so far.”
The new plan’s main goals will be to build new sustainable power sources across the U.S. (using wind, solar and geothermal energy) and commit $200 billion to impoverished nations in their fight against global warming.
In regard to the plan’s outcome, Sanders also claims it will ultimately pay for itself within the next 15 years, and create 20 million new jobs for Americans. The plan would be funded by placing higher taxes and fees on oil-industry giants.
Sanders is sure to receive pushback from conservatives, with many big-name players still somehow regarding climate change as a hoax. Nonetheless, this climate change crisis will certainly play a big part in the 2020 election.