“What the scientists tell us is that the projections they made about the damage for global warming were wrong. They understated the problem. What they’re now saying is that if we don’t get our act together and start cutting greenhouse gas emissions in a very significant way we’re talking about this planet heating up by eight degrees Fahrenheit by the end of the century. And that is calamitous for this planet. We have got to do something about it,” Sen. Bernie Sanders said Monday on the premier of “All In With Chris Hayes” on MSNBC.
Sanders and Sen. Barbara Boxer, chairman of the Senate environment committee, have introduced legislation to tax carbon and methane gas emissions to reduce the use of fossil fuels that contribute to climate change. Their measure also would encourage U.S. companies to move to cleaner forms of energy and increase efficiency of existing fossil fuels. Rebates to consumers would reduce the impact of the tax on their energy bills. The revenue raised also would be used to help invest in clean energy technologies and solve our budget problems.
“The point has to be made that we now have the technology in terms of energy efficiency, in terms the decreased price for solar panels, in terms of the need for wind. Geothermal is going all over the country, biomass. We now can do it,” Sanders said. “If there was a political will in the White House and in the Congress, we can transform the energy system. We can create millions of jobs. We could lead the world and be an exporter around the world of that type of technology. That`s the future, not oil.”