The debate for the climate change is well on, and the Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, is certainly feeling the rush to do something significant about it. “Climate change is a global emergency,” the Senator said on Thursday. He also conveyed that the situation demands awareness and that he has a $16.3 TRILION strategy – that’s Trillion with a “T” – to fight the catastrophe.
As per Sanders’ website, his election campaign apart from legalization of marijuana, also focuses on reaching 100 per cent renewable energy. His vision presumes achieving the targets in the department of electricity and transportation by 2030, while complete decarbonization by 2050.
According to the plans laid out by Democratic Presidential candidate, he would make this transitional shift by “expanding the existing federal Power Marketing Administrations to build new solar, wind, and geothermal energy sources.”
Presently, the four federal Power Marketing Administration (PMA) include, the Bonneville Power Administration; Western Area Power Administration; Southeastern Power Administration; and Southwestern Power Administration. The administrations along with Tennessee Valley Administration, function electric systems and sell the electrical output of federally owned and operated hydroelectric dams in 34 states.
However, the Senator will create one more PMA to cover the remainder of states and territories “and expand the existing PMAs to build more than enough wind, solar, energy storage and geothermal power plants.” Such a move would also help in completely removing non-sustainable generation sources.
“So if we believe that climate change is real, if we believe what the scientists are telling us, we have got to be bold. We have got to be comprehensive. We have got to be aggressive. That is what that plan is about,” Sanders told MSNBC’s Chris Hayes.
His claims are also a direct contradiction to President Donald Trump, who has not put much emphasis on climate change and has instead blamed forest management for the issue.
“Billions of dollars are sent to the State of California for Forest fires that, with proper Forest Management, would never happen,” Trump tweeted in January during California fire outbreak.
Sanders’ plans are certainly aiming in the right direction, yet the allocation of trillions could still spell trouble, especially when the amount of debt on America is already high.