As president, Tom will declare the climate crisis a national emergency on his first day in office, and will begin implementing his Justice-Centered Climate Plan, with or without Congress. He is prepared to use the emergency powers of the presidency to take on the climate crisis, protect the American people, redouble our commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement, and establish our global leadership as we build a safer, more sustainable world.
Tom’s five-pillar framework for the Justice-Centered Climate Plan addresses the urgency and global nature of the climate crisis while creating millions of good jobs, providing everyone in the U.S. with clean air and water, ensuring an inclusive process for workers transitioning from fossil fuel industries, and prioritizing justice for communities that have been treated as environmental dumping grounds for too long.
The Justice-Centered Climate plan will get the U.S. back on track to be a global leader in climate change solutions. Tom will lead us in moving from an extraction economy — where fossil fuel companies strip value from people and communities — to a regenerative economy, where we invest in people and places for the long term.
Justice-Based Pollution Reduction Targets and Actions
Asthma-inducing air pollution is a pervasive problem that affects low-income, indigenous, and communities of color first and worst. Tom’s plan to neutralize global warming pollution by 2045 starts by prioritizing the creation of good jobs while ensuring every American can breathe clean air by 2030. We will establish climate-smart transportation, and construct and retrofit buildings to be cleaner and safer.
Community-Led Civilian Climate Corps
The people closest to the problems understand the solutions that will work best in their communities. Tom’s plan will lift up local voices and build a Civilian Climate Corps — a combined service, training, and job creation effort — to implement tailored solutions specific to the needs of individual communities.
A Regenerative Economy
Our government should hold our public lands, waters, and skies in trust for the American people — not as a stockpile of future profits for big polluters. Tom’s plan honors people in legacy energy industries who have devoted their lives to keeping our lights on and our vehicles moving by offering a $50 billion investment program to build up local economies and protect worker’s wage benefits. This plan will invest in local economies, end government giveaways to big polluters, and restore and expand public nature areas, working lands, and parks.
Our use of taxpayer dollars must align with our climate targets, protect workers, and help Americans build inclusive and prosperous communities. That’s why we will shift the way we invest in our infrastructure to be smarter about climate change, prioritize clean manufacturing, and require companies to disclose and internalize the costs of their risky fossil fuel holdings.
A Resilient Disaster Plan to Restore America’s Global Leadership
To create a safer, more secure America, we need to secure our military bases against extreme weather, improve our disaster prevention systems, and strengthen our response and recovery strategy. Tom’s plan will put our global purchasing power and diplomacy to use by advancing climate action, and will re-establish this country as an economic, moral leader on fighting the climate crisis.
Climate change cannot wait.
Interested in learning more about each of the 5 pillars? Read the Justice-Centered Climate Plan here.
Tom has a history of investing in the power of people across this country to take on corporate polluters — and winning. In 2012, he was the primary backer of Proposition 39, a statewide ballot measure which closed a corporate tax loophole to provide more than $1.7 billion for clean energy and air quality investments in California schools. In 2017, he supported community leaders in stopping the construction of a polluting gas plant in a heavily polluted community. He also supported the passage of a ballot initiative to fast-track clean energy growth in Nevada, and supported efforts to speed clean energy adoption in Michigan.
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