On The Issues - Environmentalists for Bernie
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“When we talk about our responsibilities as human beings and as parents, there is nothing more important than leaving our planet healthy and habitable for our kids and our grandkids.”

 

– Bernie Sanders, Los Angeles, August 10, 2015

Sen. Sanders has fought for the environment over his entire political career. He has a remarkable 95 percent lifetime score from the League of Conservation Voters after more than 20 years of service to the State of Vermont in both the House of Representatives and the Senate, and has been endorsed by Friends of the Earth Action. He is a supporter of a movement-centered approach to achieving environmental justice and a sustainable future. He marched in the streets of New York with people from around the world at the People’s Climate March. He also recognizes that solving the ecological crisis and bringing about environmental justice requires bringing about deep structural changes in the American economic and political systems. We must take back our democracy. Click here to lean more about Bernie’s overall environmental record.

Click here to learn more about Senator Sanders’ overall environmental record.

Bernie Sanders strongly believes climate change is real, catastrophic, and largely caused by human activities. He believes only aggressive immediate action can offset its future impacts. He often refers to it as the “great planetary crisis we now face”. Bernie unabashedly stands behind the findings of the National Climate Assessment and the IPCC’s fifth assessment report. In fact, he has recently called climate change the greatest national security threat currently confronting the United States.

Click here to learn more about Senator Sanders’ stance on climate change.

In November 2015, Senator Sanders announced his support for a new climate bill that would ban all new fossil fuel development on US federal lands and terminate current leases that aren’t producing. The bill, called the Keep It In The Ground Act, would also ban offshore drilling for oil and gas in the Arctic and the Atlantic and would stop new leases for offshore drilling in the Pacific and the Gulf of Mexico.

Click here to read more about Senator Sanders’ stance on Keeping Fossil Fuels in the Ground.

Bernie Sanders has a demonstrated commitment to getting big money provided by corporate polluters out of American politics.

Click here to learn more about Senator Sanders’ stance on the Pollution of Democracy. 

Bernie Sanders believes that our current system of regulation is not adequately addressing the disparate environmental and human health threats confronting people of color and working class  communities where they “live, work, and play,” and needs to be addressed.

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We must transform our energy system away from fossil fuels and into clean, efficient, and renewable energy systems. Millions of homes and buildings need to be weatherized, our transportation system needs to be energy efficient and we need to greatly accelerate the progress we are already seeing in wind, solar, geothermal, biomass and other forms of sustainable energy. Transforming our energy system will not only protect the environment, it will create good paying jobs.

Click here to learn more about Senator Sanders’ stance on the Renewable Energy.

“The United States must help lead the world in combating global warming and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It would be incomprehensible to give approval to a tar sands oil project when producing tar sands oil creates 82 percent more carbon emissions than conventional oil, and when it poses the risk of extremely damaging oil spills. I agree with NASA scientist James Hansen who has stated that fully exploiting the tar sands would mean ‘game over’ for our efforts to reverse global warming.” Bernie Sanders

Click here to learn more about Senator Sanders’ stance on new fossil fuel infrastructure

Bernie Sanders believes in promoting sustainable agriculture and supporting the nation’s family farmers and ranchers. He wants healthy food access for all Americans, regardless of socioeconomic status, race, age, gender identity or any other excluding factor. Sanders states that “one of the basic priorities [in the United States] is that we make sure that no one goes hungry…”
Click here to learn more about Senator Sanders’ stance on the Food and Agriculture Policy.

Throughout his tenure in Congress, Bernie has led fights against environmentally harmful trade deals such as North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) with China. Today, Bernie aims to coalesce with environmentalists, organized labor, religious organizations and bipartisan political actors to fight the insidious Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal.
Click here to learn more about Senator Sanders’ stance on the Free Trade and the Environment.

Bernie Sanders has been a strong supporter of protecting our air and water over the course of his more than 20 years of service to the State of Vermont in both the House of Representatives and the Senate.

Click here to learn more about Senator Sanders’ stance on clean air.

Click here to learn more about Seantor Sanders’ stance on clean water.

Bernie Sanders supports efforts to promote just government policies and practices in the oil, gas, and mining industries overseas, particularly in terms of supporting the rights of communities in both the Global South and North to have greater power in making decisions about the extraction and development of energy and natural resources.

Click here to learn more about Senator Sanders’ stance on international resource rights.

Conservation and National Parks

Bernie Sanders strongly believes in strengthening our laws and programs that protect wilderness and national parks, wildlife habitat, and endangered species. In 2015, he introduced the Rebuild America Act. For years, we have underfunded the parks that provide recreational opportunities for all Americans and that help preserve our nation’s history, heritage and natural wonders. Our federal, state and local parks systems now face a $100 billion funding gap for deferred maintenance and much needed upgrades.The Rebuild America Act will invest $3 billion a year to improve our National Parks, Monuments, Heritage Areas and Landmarks for current and future generations to enjoy.