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President of the United States
Joseph Biden
Donald J. Trump
Howie Hawkins
Jo Jorgensen

Environment

[Biden will make investments to] move ambitiously to generate clean, American-made electricity to achieve a carbon pollution-free power sector by 2035. This will enable us to meet the existential threat of climate change while creating millions of jobs with a choice to join a union.

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The Biden Plan will ensure the U.S. reaches net-zero emissions no later than 2050.

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[Biden will] create a new Advanced Research Projects Agency on Climate, a new, cross-agency ARPA-C to target affordable, game-changing technologies to help America achieve our 100% clean energy target.

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[Biden] will not only recommit the United States to the Paris Agreement on climate change – he will go much further than that. He will lead an effort to get every major country to ramp up the ambition of their domestic climate targets.

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Biden will establish an Environmental and Climate Justice Division within the U.S. Department of Justice.

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The Biden Administration will take action against fossil fuel companies and other polluters who put profit over people and knowingly harm our environment and poison our communities’ air, land, and water, or conceal information regarding potential environmental and health risks.

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[Biden will take Executive Action] protecting America’s natural treasures by permanently protecting the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and other areas, establishing national parks and monuments that reflect America’s natural heritage, banning new oil and gas permitting on public lands and waters, modifying royalties to account for climate costs, and establishing targeted programs to enhance reforestation and develop renewables on federal lands and waters with the goal of doubling offshore wind by 2030.

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[President Trump] signed legislation to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to domestic energy production.

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President Trump and his administration acted aggressively to increase exports of energy resources to the global market [which] allowed financing for coal and fossil energy projects.

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President Trump signed an Executive Order to expand offshore oil and gas drilling and open more leases to develop offshore drilling.

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In May 2017, the Trump administration created a Superfund task force designed to streamline the Superfund cleanup program.

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President Trump kept his campaign promise to get America out of the Paris Climate Agreement.

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The Trump administration reversed a moratorium on new leases for oil and gas development on federal lands.

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The administration approved the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, supporting an estimated total of 42,000 jobs and $2 billion in wages.

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President Trump rescinded the Clean Power Plan.

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The Green Economy Reconstruction Program will zero out greenhouse gas emissions and build a 100% clean renewable energy system by 2030. It will reconstruct all economic sectors for zero emissions, clean energy, and ecological sustainability—not only electric power production but also zero-waste manufacturing, regenerative agriculture, green buildings, and electrified transportation.

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Enact a federal ban of fracking. Enforce water pollution laws against fracking pads and make the industry pay for clean up.

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The fossil fuel industry should be nationalized so a democratically-accountable public authority can ensure that what fossil fuels still need to be used during the transition to 100% clean energy are produced as cleanly as possible and that the revenues from fossil fuels are reinvested in renewables instead of more coal, oil, and gas infrastructure and production. Pending nationalization, the federal government should enforce the laws on the books against air and water pollution by fossil fuel companies. The laws should be strengthened to hold the executives of fossil fuel companies personally criminally liable for breaking those laws.

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[Hawkins] favor[s] the decommodification of housing through Community Land Trusts. By capturing the unearned increase in value of the land underneath buildings for the common use of the community land trust through a ground lease, the cost of the use value of a building for living is separated from the price of the exchange value (commodification) that the building can command on the market for landlords and sellers. [Hawkins] also favor[s] land value taxation to accomplish the same end across society, but [he] would structure the Land Value Tax to support the grassroots democracy of CLTs.

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Our ecosocialist Green New Deal encompasses two major programs, an Economic Bill of Rights and a Green Economy Reconstruction Program. Implementing the Green New Deal will require ecosocialism—social ownership in key sectors in order to democratically plan the coordinated reconstruction of all economic sectors for ecological sustainability.

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The only sacrifices will be made by the very wealthy and large corporations, who will contribute most of the funds needed to pay for this program via higher taxes for them, accompanied eventually by lower taxes for the rest.

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[Jorgensen] will work to remove government barriers to replacing coal burning and oil burning power plants in the United States with safe, non-polluting, high-tech nuclear power plants and allowing off-grid use of solar power. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) should streamline its regulations to allow for more plants to be constructed and put into use. Most pollution is generated in developing countries, so reducing pollution worldwide requires cost-efficient, zero-emission energy sources like nuclear.

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Scientists, entrepreneurs, and inventors are guaranteed to discover the answers to our questions, and are even more likely to do so without government involvement impeding their progress. Those same individuals in the marketplace of ideas can better decide which energy sources should be a priority, rather than Washington bureaucrats. Additionally, we must reduce barriers and red tape that entrench existing energy sources like fossil fuels and prevent competition and innovation, which can help to create cleaner energy.

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[Jorgensen] will return to each state some of the many responsibilities that have been entrusted to the federal government. Local communities and individuals are nearly always better equipped to decide upon what will work for their economy while preserving the environment.

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The federal government gives about $15 billion annually to oil and coal companies. And this doesn’t even include the cheap public land leases that disproportionately go to these companies. This is nothing but corporate welfare. [Jorgensen] will work with Congress to end all energy subsidies and level the playing field.

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Some in our government wish to impose a “Green New Deal” which would cost taxpayers nearly $100 trillion and would cripple our workers and consumers through top-down initiatives that offer little in the way of realistic results. This kind of legislation is neither rational nor workable. We cannot leave as important a priority as our environment to a government that can’t even deliver mail on time.

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My White House will bridge the divide that we currently see between fiscal responsibility and environmental conservation. I will show Americans who are deeply concerned about the environment that protecting it does not require taking on crippling debt.

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