[guest post by Dana]
As the Climate Change town hall is happening on CNN as we speak, I wanted to share few quick items that the Democratic presidential candidates are trying to sell voters on this week.
First, Andrew YangAutomobile Buybacks!
Blitzer: …are we all going to have to drive electric cars?
Yang: We are all going to love driving our electric cars.
Blitzer: Will we have to drive electric cars?
Yang: Well, there will still be some legacy gas guzzlers on the road for quite some time because this is not a country where you’re going to take someone’s, you know, clunker away from them but you are going to offer to buy the clunker back and help them upgrade.
Next up, Beto O’Rourke’s Gun Buybacks!
O’Rourke was asked Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia, how he would address the fears of some Americans that the government would take away their assault weapons.
“I want to be really clear that that’s exactly what we are going to do,” the 2020 Democratic presidential candidate said. “Americans who own AR-15s, AK-47s, will have to sell them to the government. We’re not going to allow them to stay on our streets, to show up in our communities, to be used against us in our synagogues, our churches, our mosques, our Walmarts, our public places.”
Bernie Sanders is hoping to sell Americans on a whopping $16 Trillion Dollar Climate Change Plan!
At roughly $16.3 trillion, it’s the most expensive proposal to address the climate crisis from any 2020 Democrat…
The presidential hopeful…adds far more specifics to the…plan that was put forward, in part, by Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York.
“The scope of the challenge ahead of us shares some similarities with the crisis faced by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the 1940s. Faced with battling a world war on two fronts ― both in the East and the West ― the United States came together, and within three short years restructured the entire economy in order to win the war and defeat fascism. As president, Bernie Sanders will boldly embrace the moral imperative of addressing the climate crisis…”
…US to eliminate fossil fuel use by 2050 and “immediately” ending “all new and existing fossil fuel extraction on federal public lands.”
…bans fracking, fossil fuel imports and exports, mountaintop removal coal mining, and offshore drilling.
… cut carbon emissions by 71% from 2017 levels by 2030.
Sanders hopes to achieve this in part by “reaching 100 percent renewable energy for electricity and transportation by no later than 2030” by expanding the “existing federal Power Marketing Administrations to build new solar, wind, and geothermal energy sources.”
By transitioning to fossil fuel-free energy, Sanders plan said electricity will be “virtually free” by 2035.
Sanders’ plan states it will “pay for itself” over 15 years, including by “making the fossil fuel industry pay for their pollution, through litigation, fees, and taxes, and eliminating federal fossil fuel subsidies.”
The plan calls for declaring climate change a “national emergency” and seeks to create 20 million jobs “needed to solve the climate crisis.”
The plan says it would offer a “just transition” for fossil fuel workers, guaranteeing “five years of a worker’s current salary, housing assistance, job training, health care, pension support, and priority job placement for any displaced worker, as well as early retirement support for those who choose it or can no longer work.”
And here’s Uncle Joe peddling voters his unique policy known as Don’t Sweat The Details!
[Joe Biden’s] campaign is focused on a mission to “restore the soul of this nation.”
That’s also why the former vice president does not think anyone should get bogged down in the small details he mixes up on the campaign trail.
“That has nothing to do with judgment of whether or not you send troops to war, the judgment of whether you bring someone home, the judgment of whether you decide on a health care policy”…
…The Washington Post reported that a dramatic story he told about the war in Afghanistan conflated and confused facts from multiple different incidents.
Biden has said that he was not intentionally trying to mislead anyone with that story, and he argues that kind of mistake has nothing to do with his ability to serve as president.
“The details are irrelevant in terms of decision-making,” Biden told NPR.
These goobers are pretty funny. Unless they actually get into power…
[Ed. Oh, please, how does the government buy back what they never owned in the first place? Let’s be honest and just call it Compensated Mandatory Confiscation.]
(Cross-posted at The Jury Talks Back.)