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Great display, Bloomberg deserves credit to buy in the polls; Peter Doocy reports.
Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg calls for a 50 percent reduction in carbon emissions over the next 10 years to fight climate change.
To reach this goal, the former New York mayor and multi-billionaire business-and media-mogul on Friday unveiled a plan that would shutter all of the 251 remaining coal-fired power plants throughout the country up to 2030 and replace them all with clean energy. He would also be the exit from gas power plants.
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In a speech in Alexandria, Va., Bloomberg warned that “we have to start working as hard as we can economy, building a 100 percent clean energy, because the alternative is just too bad for all of us.”
Standing on a pedestal with a ‘the END of COAL by 2030″ campaign banner, he raised his goals – position 80 percent clean electricity by the end of his second term in the White house, and the country is moving in the direction of 100 percent clean energy by the year 2045 or 2050.
One of the first steps Bloomberg says he will, if he would be elected President, the end of all subsidies for fossil fuels, the implementation of strict carbon and health pollutant standards for new gas plants, and put a stop to the construction of a new generation of fossil fuel power plants.
Bloomberg also promises to prioritize communities that have suffered the most have been left behind by coal pollution, or back, in the transition to clean energy.
In announcing his plan, Bloomberg taking aim at President Trump, criticize GOP incumbents for a lack of commitment in the fight against climate change.
“The President refuses to lead on climate change, so that the rest of us must. I’ve already contributed all-in on this fight for more than a decade – and to close more than half of the nation’s dirty coal-fired power plants, with cutting in New York City’s carbon footprint by 14 percent, after he was committed to a coalition of cities, States and companies, the Paris agreement, I know we can win,” Bloomberg said.
“We have proven that the transition to clean energy, and strengthening the economy at the same time. As President, I’m going to our conversion to a 100 percent clean energy economy will accelerate,” he said.
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To save Trump vowed to the coal industry, as he campaigned for the presidency in the election of 2016. The President had mixed success in the White house, in following through on its commitment.
But open-targeting, the industry remains politically risky in certain swing States, including Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
Bloomberg also said he would work “quadruple our investment in research and development across multiple Federal agencies with the private sector to unlock more private capital for clean energy investments and work on sustainable development. And we also have to end the war on science that the Trump lead management.”
Asked by Fox News about the price for his proposals, Bloomberg said: “I know how you could possibly stretch the estimate of the cost of something to 2050. No economist or mathematician is well-enough to do the calculations.”
Bloomberg poured millions of his own money to Finance the fight against climate change.
The candidate who is the subject of a Central pillar of his presidential campaign, spoke in person at the beginning of this week on a un world climate conference in Spain, during the official U.S. delegation held a lower profile to the Assembly.
On Wednesday, Bloomberg, along with former Gov. Jerry Brown of California as part of the efforts of America’s Pledge, the coalition of governors, mayors, business people and others, focusing on achieving global climate objectives.
Climate change was one of the leading issues in the race for the democratic presidential nomination. It was a top issue for Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee, who dropped his White house bid earlier this fall. And it is a top issue for the current candidate Tom Steyer, a billionaire environmental and progressive advocate and organizer.