Policy > Combat Climate Change
Combat Climate Change
Net-zero emissions by 2050.
New York City's coastline could be underwater by 2100. The past four years have been the four hottest on record, and July 2019 was the hottest month ever recorded. Greenland is expected to lose 440 billion tons of ice this year, a rate that was the “worst-case scenario” for 2070. The West is on fire, the middle of the country is flooded, and the Atlantic is seeing hurricanes of increasing frequency and intensity. At the same time, the top 5 US oil and gas companies posted revenues over $760 billion, and the federal government subsidizes the industry around $26 billion annually.
We need to:
Build a sustainable economy by transitioning away from fossil fuels to renewable energy, upgrading our infrastructure, and improving the way we farm and use land. Public financing options will allow individuals to make the right decisions for their families.
Build a sustainable world. The United States, throughout history, has led the world in times of crisis. We’re the most entrepreneurial country in the history of the world. It’s time to activate the American imagination and work ethic to provide the innovation and technology that will power the rest of the world.
Move our people to higher ground. Natural disasters and other effects of climate change are already causing damage and death. We need to adapt our country to this new reality.
Reverse the damage we’ve done. Research needs to be done on removing carbon from our atmosphere, cooling the planet and rejuvenating ecosystems.
Hold future administrations accountable. We need to pass a constitutional amendment that creates a duty on the federal and state governments to be stewards for the environment.
Federal Budget Overview (Direct Spend)
$400 billion invested in Democracy Dollars over 20 years
$10 billion invested in a debt forgiveness fund for rural co-ops
$200 billion invested in Grid Modernization over 15 years
$50 billion invested in the next generation of safe, clean nuclear power over 5 years
$250 billion invested in net-zero emission ground transportation over 15 years
$80.8 billion invested in net-zero emission air transportation over 15 years
$285.5 billion invested in sustainable agricultural, forestry, and land methods use over 15 years
$5 billion invested in research for sustainable materials over 5 years
$45 billion invested in National Labs over 15 years
$3 trillion to finance loans for household investments in renewable energy over 20 years
$60 billion invested in vocational and apprenticeship programs over 15 years
$70 billion invested in combating rising sea levels over 20 years
$25 billion in pre-disaster mitigation grants for high-risk hurricane communities over 10 years
$122.5 billion invested in fire prevention and combating wildfires over 5 years
$90 billion to establish and fund the Climate Change Adaptation Institute over 20 years
$800 million invested in geoengineering research methods
$200 billion discretionary spending to fund additional necessary programs over 20 years
TOTAL INVESTED OVER 20 YEARS: $4.87 Trillion