Combating the Climate Crisis: The Biden Sanders Unity Platform


“Climate change is a global emergency….Thousands of Americans have died.

“Like so many crises facing the United States, the impacts of climate change are not evenly distributed….

“Democrats believe there is a better way. We can and must build a thriving, equitable, and
globally competitive clean energy economy that puts workers and communities first and leaves
no one behind. We will help rebuild our economy from the COVID-19 pandemic and President
Trump’s recession by mobilizing historic, transformative public and private investments to
launch a clean energy revolution….

“We will take immediate action to reverse the Trump Administration’s dangerous and destructive
rollbacks of critical climate and environmental protections. We will rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement and, on Day One, seek higher ambition from nations around the world, putting the
United States back in the position of global leadership where we belong. We will restore
protections for irreplaceable public lands and waters, from Bears Ears National Monument to the
Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. We will follow science and the law by reducing harmful
methane and carbon pollution from the energy sector….

“Democrats will make investments to create millions of family-supporting and union jobs in clean energy generation, energy efficiency, clean transportation, advanced manufacturing, and
sustainable agriculture across America. We believe that federal investments in infrastructure
should help cut carbon pollution, build resilience and protect communities from the impacts of
climate change, promote racial equity and sustainable economic development, and come with
livable wages and robust labor protections that empower workers.

“To reach net-zero emissions as rapidly as possible, Democrats commit to eliminating carbon
pollution from power plants by 2035 through technology-neutral standards for clean energy and
energy efficiency. We will dramatically expand solar and wind energy deployment through
community-based and utility-scale systems. Within five years, we will install 500 million solar
panels, including eight million solar roofs and community solar energy systems, and 60,000
made-in-America wind turbines….

“Democrats recognize the historic wrongs that have been perpetrated against Native American
tribes and communities, including with respect to infrastructure permitting decisions.”

There is much more in this position paper, which was prepared by a committee co-chaired by Former Secretary of State John Kerry and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Read the full plan here.

Praise from the Sierra Club

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