Jane Fonda: Sanders would be a 'climate president'

Actress and activist Jane Fonda on Friday announced that she is backing Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOVERNIGHT ENERGY:  EPA announces new clean air advisors after firing Trump appointees |  Senate confirms Biden pick for No. 2 role at Interior | Watchdog: Bureau of Land Management saw messaging failures, understaffing during pandemic Overnight Health Care: Takeaways on the Supreme Court's Obamacare decision | COVID-19 cost 5.5 million years of American life | Biden administration investing billions in antiviral pills for COVID-19 Democratic senators press PhRMA over COVID-19 lobbying efforts  MORE (I-Vt.) in the White House race, citing his plans to tackle climate change. 

“We have to get a climate president in office, and there’s only one right now, and that’s Bernie Sanders,” Fonda told USA Today. “So, I’m indirectly saying I believe you have to support the climate candidate.”

Fonda has emerged as an outspoken advocate of efforts to combat climate change, making appearances at weekly protests in Washington that often ended in her arrest. 

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Climate change is one of the top issues in the primary race, which has now narrowed to Sanders and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenChinese apps could face subpoenas, bans under Biden executive order: report OVERNIGHT ENERGY:  EPA announces new clean air advisors after firing Trump appointees |  Senate confirms Biden pick for No. 2 role at Interior | Watchdog: Bureau of Land Management saw messaging failures, understaffing during pandemic Poll: Majority back blanket student loan forgiveness MORE as the top main candidates.

The Vermont lawmaker in August put out a sweeping climate plan that calls for the transition to relying solely on renewable energy for electricity and transportation by 2030 and complete decarbonization by 2050. To push the transition forward, the proposal would create 20 million “good paying, union jobs” in several fields, including steel and auto manufacturing, construction, energy efficiency retrofitting and sustainable agriculture. 

“This is a pivotal moment in the history of America, and really, in the history of humanity," Sanders said at the time. "The climate crisis is not only the single greatest challenge facing our country; it is also our single greatest opportunity to build a more just and equitable future, but we must act immediately."