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Monday, December 7, 2015

How to cut 80% of emissions by 2050, and save our sorry selves...

How, then?

Elect Bernie Sanders.

His platform calls for swift shift to renewable power system, a ban on extreme extraction activities, and end of subsidies for Big Oil

"In order to derail Big Oil's influence on U.S. climate policy, Sanders said he would "ban fossil fuel lobbyists from working in the White House," and overturn the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling that has "enabled billionaires to increasingly control the political campaign finance system." Sanders also addresses a number of the more controversial aspects of current U.S. energy policy. His plan: calls for an outright ban on offshore and Arctic oil drilling, as well as mountaintop removal coal mining; supports state efforts to ban fracking; blocks natural gas exports and legislative efforts to lift the crude oil export ban; places a moratorium on nuclear power plant license renewals; and increases fuel economy standards, among other things.

Further, Sanders describes what he called a Clean Energy Workforce of "10 million good-paying jobs," under which citizens will be trained to meet the demands within the new energy system. What's more, Sanders vowed to bring "climate deniers to justice," citing the recent revelations that for decades ExxonMobil knew and suppressed information related to global warming. "Right now, we have an energy policy that is rigged to boost the profits of big oil companies like Exxon, BP, and Shell at the expense of average Americans. CEO’s are raking in record profits while climate change ravages our planet and our people—all because the wealthiest industry in the history of our planet has bribed politicians into complacency in the face of climate change," Sanders said."

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/12/07/sanders-climate-revolution-would-cut-80-emissions-2050