Want to learn more about Bernie Sanders? The Essential Bernie Sanders and His Vision for America is your ultimate guide to the presidential candidate.
Authored by Jonathan Tasini, published by Chelsea Green Publishing and endorsed by Bernie Sanders himself, this book offers you a unique look at Bernie Sanders’ policy positions.
Below is the introduction to the Environment section of the book, penned by Jonathan Tasini.
Bernie is a longtime champion of preserving the environment and battling climate change. He has been a proponent of the clean air and water acts, and advocated weatherization and energy efficiency legislation. In his days as mayor, he reclaimed the Burlington waterfront from huge oil tanks and unused railroad ties to create a waterfront park. He also started a volunteer tree-planting program to replace thousands of trees that had been lost to Dutch Elm disease.
More recently, he’s led the opposition to the Keystone Pipeline. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) called Bernie’s proposal for a carbon tax to discourage the use of coal, oil, and other fossil fuels the “the gold standard” of climate change legislation. He has also proposed major investments in clean, renewable energy. On Earth Day this year, Sanders and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) introduced legislation to eliminate tax breaks and other subsidies for the fossil fuels industry.