Sanders: Trump couldn't be 'more wrong' on climate

Sanders: Trump couldn't be 'more wrong' on climate

Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersAvenatti ‘still considering’ presidential run despite domestic violence arrest Sanders rolls out bill aimed at getting Walmart to raise wages Left wants a vote on single-payer bill in new Congress MORE (I-Vt.) said Thursday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpAvenatti ‘still considering’ presidential run despite domestic violence arrest Mulvaney positioning himself to be Commerce Secretary: report Kasich: Wouldn’t want presidential run to ‘diminish my voice’ 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.” 

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Sanders and Sens. Jeff MerkleyJeffrey (Jeff) Alan MerkleyMerkley seeking to change Oregon law so he can run for president and Senate in 2020: report ICE has record number of people in custody: report Schumer’s headaches to multiply in next Congress MORE (D-Ore.) and Ed MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeyHouse Dems can take on climate change — if they don’t get distracted by Trump Dems find easy target in Trump commerce chief Trump mulls replacing Commerce chief Ross by end of year: reports 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.”