During the first night of the second round of the Democratic presidential primary debates, the self-described democratic socialist Sanders claimed that there “ain’t nobody” as for-the-workers in Congress as he is and called for a “just transition” to renewable energies from fossil fuels and for Congress to take “on the fossil fuel industry” during a spat with Bullock.
The senator also claimed that the nonbinding resolution dubbed the Green New Deal was a “bold idea.”
“Look, Steve, there ain’t nobody in the Congress who’s more strongly pro-worker than I am,” claimed Sanders. “So when I talk about taking on the fossil fuel industry, what I am also talking about is a just transition.”
“What the Green New Deal is about — it’s a bold idea. We can create millions of good-paying jobs; we can rebuild communities in rural America that have been devastated,” added Sanders. “So we are not anti-worker.”
The Montana governor destroyed Sanders with his retort, pointing to his days as a “union-side labor lawyer” and calling for lawmakers to let “the scientists drive this” and not promote plans like the Green New Deal that “are written for press releases.”
“Look, Bernie, I was a union-side labor lawyer. I’ve fought day after day, and I know. But we’ve set this up as a false choice far too often. Are we actually going to address climate change? […] Or are we going to give people a better shot at a better life? You can do both, but let’s actually have the scientists drive this. Let’s not just talk about plans that are written for press releases that will go nowhere else if we can’t even get a Republican to acknowledge that the climate is changing.”
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As IJR Red previously reported, the center-right think tank the American Action Forum estimated that the Green New Deal would cost the country between $51 trillion and $93 trillion if implemented.