Sanders calls for renewed focus on fighting climate change
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSenate Democrats push for arms control language in defense policy bill Top adviser on Sanders: 'He's always been underestimated' 'The Simpsons' pokes fun at Trump's feud with 'the squad' 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 MerkleySenate Democrats push Trump to permanently shutter migrant detention facility Senate Dem seeks answers from DHS on reports of pregnant asylum seekers sent back to Mexico Schumer backs Pelosi as impeachment roils caucus MORE (D-Ore.) and Ed MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeyJoseph Kennedy mulling primary challenge to Markey in Massachusetts Overnight Energy: Trump sparks new fight over endangered species protections | States sue over repeal of Obama power plant rules | Interior changes rules for ethics watchdogs To cash in on innovation, remove market barriers for advanced energy technologies 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.