Bernie Sanders, Senator Vermont and an optimistic Democratic Presidency, will visit Kentucky and West Virginia just after he has released his plan to address climate change.
Sanders are to speak in Louisville, Kentucky, Sunday and in Morgantown, West Virginia, Monday.
Its detailed climate plan published Thursday calls for climate change “the biggest challenge facing our country.” T
Like many of the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, Sanders supports "Green New Deal" to move the country from fossil fuels to renewable energy by 2030.
Sanders' climate plan prioritises aid for those who have worked in fossil fuel industries, such as coal miners that can be displaced at this transition.
“The country's fossil fuel workers worked for more than a century, working in dangerous and precarious jobs to provide their families,” the plan says. “When we are in the White House, compensation and assistance will be given to displaced workers first; the balance sheets of fossil fuel corporations and billionaire investors will come to an end. ”
The plan calls for $ 16.3 trillion in direct public investment and calls for the creation of 20 million jobs in the resolution of the climate crisis.
More than $ 1 trillion would be used to help displaced miners and other workers. Sanders 'plan would provide up to five years' unemployment insurance for displaced workers and would guarantee that new wages would pay comparable wages. Displaced miners would be entitled to housing assistance, job training and health care.
Chris Woolery is with the Kentucky Kentucky, a non-profit organization for Community Economic Development, or MACED. He said Sanders' proposal is comprehensive and speaks to the challenges facing communities in eastern Kentucky.
“We are in the middle of the move, whether we want or not,” he said. “I think it's the most important thing about how we manage that? And how do we care for the most affected people? ”
Carl Shoupe, Kentucky's coal transfer and energy transfer activist, said Sanders stressed “direct transfer” to those who worked in fossil fuel industries, that he initiated other Democratic Presidential candidates. do the same.
“By Bernie's wonderful efforts in these questions, you know that many people are talking about this now,” he said. “We're excited but people are talking about this just.” T
The Sanders plan is opposed to both the mining and labor industry. The head of the United Workers calls on America to "almost impossible."
Sanders is not the first candidate to outline ways to address the needs of communities affected by coal as the country moves from fossil fuels.
Former Vice President Joe Biden, Old Kirsten Gillibrand New York, and former hedge fund manager and activist Tom Steyer have put forward policy proposals to address coal miners displaced from the transition from fossil fuels. Other candidates, including Massachusetts Senren Elizabeth Senren and former Rep. Texas Beto ORourke, include proposals in their climate proposals to support displaced workers and communities affecting coal.
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