Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders, Manchin escalate fight over .5T spending bill Sanders blames media for Americans not knowing details of Biden spending plan Briahna Joy Gray: Proposals favored by Black voters 'first at the chopping block' in spending talks MORE (I-Vt.) said Thursday that President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump criticizes Justice for restoring McCabe's benefits Biden: Those who defy Jan. 6 subpoenas should be prosecuted Hillicon Valley — Presented by LookingGlass — Hackers are making big money MORE is “more wrong” on climate change than any other policy.
“Donald Trump is wrong about a lot of things, but there is no area where he is more wrong than on the issue of climate change,” Sanders said at a small renewable energy rally outside the Capitol.
“No, Mr. President, climate change is not a hoax. Climate change is real; climate change is caused by human activity. … Mr. President, your job is to listen to the scientific community that is virtually unanimous in telling us that we have to transform our energy system away from fossil fuels to energy efficiency and sustainable energy.”
Sanders and Sens. Jeff MerkleyJeff MerkleySenate to vote next week on Freedom to Vote Act Democrats call on White House to explore sharing Moderna technology abroad Lawmakers introduce bill to limit data collection at border crossings MORE (D-Ore.) and Ed MarkeyEd MarkeyBiden likely to tap Robert Califf to return as FDA head Biden faces pressure to pass infrastructure bills before climate summit Senate Democrat says Facebook offers 'crocodile tears about protecting children' 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.
That bill, however, will likely gain no traction in a Congress controlled by the GOP, which generally supports Trump’s effort to promote American production of fossil fuels like coal, oil and natural gas.
All three senators took aim at Trump’s energy agenda. Markey called Trump’s executive orders to help fossil fuels “completely and totally unacceptable” and said this month’s March for Science and People’s Climate March show the public wants more renewable energy.
Merkley said climate change is already having an impact on the environment in the U.S., adding that a switch to renewable energy would turn that industry into a jobs engine.
“The smart investment is in renewable energy, from every perspective,” he said. “Now is the time that we have to quit just looking at these facts and we have to act.”