Hickenlooper rolls out climate plan

Hickenlooper rolls out climate plan
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White House hopeful John HickenlooperJohn Wright HickenlooperPoll: Trump trails three Democrats by 10 points in Colorado The Hill's Campaign Report: Battle for Senate begins to take shape The Hill's Morning Report — Trump and the new Israel-'squad' controversy MORE released his plan to tackle the climate crisis on Thursday, joining a growing list of Democratic candidates to have done so.

The former Colorado governor's climate platform emphasizes global leadership, market-based solutions and increased investment in green tech and jobs.

It explicitly rejects frameworks like the Green New Deal, which many other candidates support, that call for job guarantees and other changes to the U.S. economy.

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"These plans, while well-intentioned, could mean huge costs for American taxpayers, and might trigger a backlash that dooms the fight against climate change," the plan reads.

That break from the field is consistent with Hickenlooper's rejection of what he calls socialism and attempts to appeal to more moderate voices in the Democratic Party.

If elected, he would have the U.S. rejoin the Paris climate agreement, the worldwide effort to contain global temperature increases that President TrumpDonald John TrumpFacebook releases audit on conservative bias claims Harry Reid: 'Decriminalizing border crossings is not something that should be at the top of the list' Recessions happen when presidents overlook key problems MORE exited.

His plan notes that the original Paris goals are "not enough," promising to commit $100 billion each year in climate financing to developing nations and condition some aid and foreign assistance on climate change efforts.

Hickenlooper joins South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegSanders leads Democratic field in Colorado poll Poll: Trump trails three Democrats by 10 points in Colorado Castro qualifies for next Democratic primary debates MORE (D) and former Rep. John DelaneyJohn Kevin DelaneyDelaney shakes up top campaign staff Poll: Nearly 4 in 5 say they will consider candidates' stances on cybersecurity Native American advocates question 2020 Democrats' commitment MORE (D-Md.) in calling for a carbon tax to "unleash market forces to help solve the emissions challenge."

While other Democrats have championed the idea of pricing carbon emissions, the concept has seen mixed acceptance in states and neighboring countries like Canada. 

The plan also calls for $200 billion in investments in transportation and renewable energy sources, plus $150 billion to upgrade the electrical grid. 

It would increase research and development into renewables and carbon capture technology as well.

Hickenlooper would also launch a "Climate Corps Program" to incentivize people to pursue careers in green tech.

He is the sixth Democratic presidential candidate to release a comprehensive climate action plan, following Delaney, former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHarry Reid: 'Decriminalizing border crossings is not something that should be at the top of the list' Warren offers plan to repeal 1994 crime law authored by Biden Panel: Jill Biden's campaign message MORE, Washington Gov. Jay InsleeJay Robert InsleeCastro, Steyer join pledge opposing the Keystone XL pipeline Eight Democratic presidential hopefuls to appear in CNN climate town hall Andrew Yang promises mass pardon to those imprisoned for nonviolent marijuana offenses MORE, Colorado Sen. Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump searches for backstops amid recession worries Biden, Buttigieg bypassing Democratic delegate meeting: report The Hill's Campaign Report: Battle for Senate begins to take shape MORE and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas).

Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenHarry Reid: 'Decriminalizing border crossings is not something that should be at the top of the list' Warren offers plan to repeal 1994 crime law authored by Biden Panel: Jill Biden's campaign message MORE (D-Mass.) and Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerCastro qualifies for next Democratic primary debates Eight Democratic presidential hopefuls to appear in CNN climate town hall Biden, Buttigieg bypassing Democratic delegate meeting: report MORE (D-N.J.) have both introduced policy plans that touch on curbing carbon emissions.