On Tuesday night, Sept. 3, 2019, CNN broadcast a town hall on television in which 10 leading candidates for the spot of Democratic Party nominee in the 2020 U.S. presidential election. These presidential hopefuls largely unveiled their very own, personalized plans for dealing with climate change if they were to actually make it into the White House in January 2021, when the winner of the upcoming presidential election is slated to be sworn in to his or her position.
Kamala Harris, a Senator from California, shared her climate change plan in the wee hours of Wednesday morning, Sept. 4, online, calling for a whopping total of $10 trillion of government spending over the decade-long period beginning in 2021 and ending in 2031.
Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren released her plan Monday, Sept. 2, the same date upon which New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, and one-time Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing Julian Castro each released their own climate change plans. Pete Buttigieg, the Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, released his climate change plan earlier this morning, on Wednesday, Sept. 4.
The rash of proposed, hypothetical climate change plans are so popular among candidates gunning for the spot of nominee of the Democratic Party in the next presidential election because of increased concern from the American public regarding the future of the planet Earth’s environment. While it’s likely that, virtually no matter what our current generation does here on the third rock from the Sun, nothing substantial is going to happen, future generations of people are certain to face the detrimental effects of climate change, including serious economic problems; the loss of tons of coastal area, which harbors some of the most populated cities in the country; and the increased occurrence of severe natural disasters such as hurricanes and earthquakes.
Cory Booker’s plan would ask Congress to form the United States Environmental Justice Fund. This program would put forth some $50 billion each year through 2030 “to advance environmental justice and invest communities left long behind” through getting rid of lead pipes through which drinking water flows; getting rid of mines for hard minerals, coal, and uranium; and making urban spots throughout the nation home to some 100 million trees to help cut down on the effects of air pollution.
Jay Inslee, who has since dropped out of the race, was the first candidate to come out with his own take on a climate change plan. Inslee was lauded last night by Elizabeth Warren during the televised CNN town hall.