Sanders calls for renewed focus on fighting climate change
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersCory Booker has a problem in 2020: Kamala Harris Wage growth shaping up as key 2020 factor for Trump Booker to supporter who wanted him to punch Trump: 'Black guys like us, we don't get away with that' MORE (I-Vt.) on Saturday called for a renewed focus on stopping climate change as thousands prepare to join Climate March protests around the country.

Sanders and Stanford University professor Mark Jacobson wrote in an op-ed in The Guardian that the U.S. must "aggressively transition our energy system away from fossil fuels and toward clean, renewable energy solutions."

"Climate change is already causing severe weather events like prolonged droughts, record-high temperatures, and rising sea levels because of melting Arctic sea ice," Sanders and Jacobson wrote.

"And while everyone will be affected by climate change, the people who had least to do with causing the problem will be impacted the most, including low income families and communities of color across America."


The article was published the morning of the Climate March, which will see thousands march on Washington and other cities across the U.S. to fight for environmentally friendly policies.

The article also touted Sanders proposed 100 percent clean energy bill proposed earlier this week.

Sanders and Sens. Jeff MerkleyJeffrey (Jeff) Alan MerkleyOnly four Dem senators have endorsed 2020 candidates More than 30 Senate Dems ask Trump to reconsider Central American aid cuts Long-shot goal of nixing Electoral College picks up steam MORE (D-Ore.) and Ed MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeyTlaib rallies in support of Green New Deal at Detroit town hall Ben & Jerry's backs Green New Deal: 'We have to act now' Warren praises Ocasio-Cortez in Time 100 MORE (D-Mass.) spoke at the rally with climate activists to announce a bill that would require the United States produce 100 percent of its energy from renewable or clean sources by 2050. 

"Not only is this possible and affordable, but it will also create millions of decent-paying, long-term and full-time jobs that our economy desperately needs. It would clean-up our air and water. And it would decrease our dependence on foreign oil and improve national security," the op-ed said.

Jacobson helped found The Solutions Project, a group focused on using more renewable energy.