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Bernie Sanders unveils climate plan to end US oil, coal and nuclear dependence

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Bernie Sanders speaking at a 2016 rally (Marc Nozell/Flickr)

U.S. Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders unveiled a climate change plan on Monday that seeks to end the country’s dependence on oil, coal and nuclear energy and could pressure party front-runner Hillary Clinton.

The Vermont senator’s plan envisions 10 million new jobs in clean energy such as wind, solar and geothermal power. It would ban oil and gas lobbyists from working in the White House, end new fossil fuel lease sales on public lands, and would cut carbon emissions faster in coming decades than the goals set in President Barack Obama’s clean power plan.

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“It’s time for a political revolution that takes on the fossil fuel billionaires, accelerates our transition to clean energy and finally puts people before the profits of polluters,” Sanders, who calls himself a democratic socialist, said in a statement. The plan can be seen here: https://berniesanders.com/people-before-polluters/

He released the plan as leaders from nearly 190 countries in Paris hoped to reach an agreement on curbing climate change.

Sanders is Clinton’s main rival for the party’s presidential nomination for the November 2016 election, and his positions have pressured the former secretary of state to move more to the left on environmental and other issues.

Clinton came out in opposition to the Keystone XL oil pipeline, after Sanders urged her to, and shortly before Obama axed the project last month. But on wider energy and climate issues she has taken a pragmatic approach, saying she would not oppose lifting the 1970s-era U.S. ban on most oil exports, if it came with tradeoffs for clean energy, and that it would not be responsible to abruptly halt oil, gas, and coal extraction on public lands.

The Sanders plan would stop exports of U.S. natural gas and all crude oil. He is also the co-sponsor of a bill to ban future fossil fuel lease sales on public lands.

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Sanders would ban mountaintop coal mining, a common practice in Appalachian states, and would invest in the area’s communities. But his climate plan does not specify how much money it would invest in the region. Sanders is introducing legislation that would provide fossil fuel industry workers a benefits package, including educational opportunities, job training and healthcare, as the country transitions to clean energy.

Clinton last month proposed a $30 billion plan to help displaced workers in coal-producing states find new jobs and continue receiving health benefits.

Sanders, who is worried about the waste from nuclear plants, would also place a moratorium on nuclear power plant license renewals.

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(Reporting by Timothy Gardner; Editing by Jonathan Oatis)


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The View hosts mock Republicans for ‘shooting themselves in the foot’ on election conspiracies

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The hosts of "The View" couldn't help but notice that the Republicans are making it more difficult to get their own voters out to support Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) for the special election in January.

The problem the GOP has to overcome is that the overwhelming majority of Republican voters believe that the 2020 election was "rigged" by Democrats. It puts Republicans in a difficult place because now they have to combat that message with assurances that the Georgia special election isn't already rigged for the Democrats.

"I'm really sick of all of this," Whoopi Goldberg bemoaned. "I'm sick of people blaming American citizens for cheating in their own elections. I'm sick of this. You're blaming Republican governors. You're blaming people who are saying, 'Actually, no.' Why would they fight against their own interests, and, again, I will say if the Democrats had done this, why has everybody still got a job? None of this makes any sense to me."

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Georgia Republicans turn on Gov. Brian Kemp: He ‘will be primaried’

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Georgia Republicans were already unhappy with Gov. Brian Kemp, and his refusal to interfere in President Donald Trump's election loss may have been the last straw.

Trump claims credit for Kemp's election win two years ago, but he and other Republicans have withdrawn their support after the governor has declined to get involved in the president's efforts to overturn his loss to Joe Biden in Georgia and other states, reported The Daily Beast.

“[Kemp] will be primaried," said Kay Godwin, the chair of the Pierce County GOP. "Just hoping and praying we get the right one this time.”

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Georgia secretary of state: ‘There are those that are exploiting the emotions of many Trump supporters’

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Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger warned on Monday that outside groups are trying to take advantage of the "emotions" of President Donald Trump's supporters with false information about the recent and upcoming elections.

"There are those that are exploiting the emotions of many Trump supporters with fantastic claims, half-truths, misinformation and, frankly, they are misleading the president as well," Raffensperger explained at a Monday press conference.

The Georgia official went on to announce investigations into over 250 claims of election irregularities.

"Upholding the law matters, truth matters, and your vote matters," he insisted. "Anyone telling you to boycott an election is not on your side. You're right to vote is sacred. Don't let someone con you out of it."

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