SCRIPPS RANCH, UNITED STATES
Solar installers from Baker Electric place solar panels on the roof of a residential home in Scripps...
BERNIE SANDERS -
"We need a president who welcomes their hatred," U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont says in his plan, referring to fossil-fuel executives he sees as blocking action on climate.
His plan, dubbed the Green New Deal after a resolution sponsored by progressives in Congress, would mobilize $16.3 trillion to generate all U.S. electricity from renewable sources by 2030 and create publicly owned utilities.
Gasoline-fueled cars would be phased out, while electric car-charging stations and public transport would get government support.
The plan would also ban new nuclear plants, currently the top source of carbon-free power, and the burying of carbon emissions from fossil fuels, a technique favored by the United Nations.
He and rival Elizabeth Warren have said they would ban fracking - a drilling technique that pumps water and chemicals into rock formations underground - nationwide, prompting the American Petroleum Institute to launch a campaign touting the benefits of oil and gas.
The Sunrise Movement, the influential youth climate activist group that has risen to national prominence, endorsed Sanders saying he "grasps the scale of the climate crisis." But Republicans and some labor leaders worry his plan is too extreme and would hurt the economy. REUTERS/Mike Blake