Greg Nash

White House hopeful John Hickenlooper 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.

{mosads}”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 Trump 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 Buttigieg (D) and former Rep. John Delaney (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 Biden, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas).

Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) have both introduced policy plans that touch on curbing carbon emissions.

Tags 2020 Democratic primary Carbon tax Climate change Cory Booker Donald Trump Elizabeth Warren Jay Inslee Joe Biden John Delaney John Hickenlooper Michael Bennet Pete Buttigieg

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