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The 2016 Presidential Candidates' Views on Environmental Issues

Although both democratic candidates are “green” compared to their GOP counterparts, Bernie Sanders is a darker shade. In the third democratic debate, Sanders stood by his claim that climate change is the No. 1 threat facing America and a direct contributor to the rise of ISIS. He’s also displayed a tireless effort to debunk climate change skeptics in Congress.

Sanders’ energy plan aims to decrease carbon emissions 80 percent from 1990 levels by 2050, which would include 10 million new jobs, a tax on carbon, and a moratorium on nuclear plant licenses, among other things. He also introduced legislation last year that would set aside $200 million in Department of Energy loans as grants to slap solar panels on low-income housing. The plan mimics Obama’s own announced last year. Sanders also wants more investment in high-speed rail and electric charging stations.

Oh, and he’s pledged to ban fossil fuel lobbyists from the White House and “bring climate deniers to justice.

By John Fitzgerald Weaver

John Fitzgerald Weaver is a solar developer; known digitally as the 'Commercial Solar Guy.' As a project developer and installer, he’s sold and managed 50+ solar projects, valued over $25 million, ranging in size from 5kW to 1500kW. He’s been involved in many aspects of the solar supply chain –- as a company founder, developer, project manager, manufacturer, permit runner, salesman, contractor and financier. In his free time he tries to get away and clear his mind by climbing mountains, or more regularly by enjoying an IPA or scotch, and really loves the strange connection between politics, energy, finance, and environment in the energy world.

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