Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks at the Iowa Federation of Labor convention, Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, in Altoona, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Sanders outlines climate plan that builds on Green New Deal

August 22, 2019 - 7:00 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is releasing a $16.3 trillion climate plan. It builds on the Green New Deal and calls for the United States to move to renewable energy across the economy by 2050 and declare climate change a national emergency.

The Vermont senator had already endorsed the sweeping Democratic proposal to combat climate change and had teamed up with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York on climate legislation. But his climate plan released Thursday provides the most detail yet on how he envisions the climate change moonshot taking shape if he is elected president.

Sanders describes his plan as a "ten-year, nationwide mobilization centered on equity and humanity" that would create 20 million new jobs.

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