Kirsten Gillibrand announces $10 trillion plan to fight climate crisis
While President Donald Trump is pretending that climate change does not exist, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) has released a plan to tackle the very real crisis head-on.
The 2020 Democratic presidential candidate put the fight against climate change front and center in her campaign over the weekend by publishing a comprehensive plan, which she announced in a blog post on Medium.
“Climate action should be this generation’s moonshot,” Gillibrand wrote. “To save our planet, the energy, talents, and commitment of every American will be required, from our farmers and workers to our scientists and entrepreneurs. The next president has to be willing to take bold leaps to lead this effort and stand up to the climate change deniers, polluters, and oil and gas special interests. I will, because we can’t afford not to.”
Indeed, temperatures in Europe broke records this past week and July is set to become the hottest month ever recorded on Earth.
As part of her plan, Gillibrand vows to enact the Green New Deal that would immediately transition the United States from fossil fuels to clean energy, creating millions of jobs in the process. She also intends to reaffirm that clean air and clean water are human rights and will invest up to $10 trillion to make this future a reality.
“As president, I will restore U.S. climate leadership with ambitious and immediate action to enact the Green New Deal, mobilize $10 trillion in public and private funding over the next decade and set us on the course to achieve net-zero carbon and other greenhouse gas emissions,” she wrote. “I’ll make climate polluters pay, transform our economy with good-paying green jobs, and protect clean air and clean water as fundamental human rights.”
She then reached back in time and quoted former President John F. Kennedy in an effort to inspire the nation to join her in support for a cleaner world.
“As President Kennedy once said about the moonshot, we should do this not because it is easy, but because it is hard,” she concluded. “It will be a measure of our excellence, innovation, and entrepreneurialism as a nation. We can, and will, rise to meet the biggest challenge of our time.”
Gillibrand’s plan is being praised by environmental groups such as Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace.
It’s an ambitious plan, but one that is necessary if we want to save our planet and ourselves.
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