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Buttigieg would use Defense Department to fight climate change

Buttigieg would use Defense Department to fight climate change

Democratic presidential candidate Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegWhat a Biden administration should look like Conservative operatives Wohl, Burkman charged in Ohio over false robocalls LGBTQ voters must show up at the polls, or risk losing progress MORE on Wednesday unveiled a climate change plan that calls for the United States to have net-zero emissions by 2050.

The South Bend, Ind., mayor's plan would create a Climate Watch Floor established within the Department of Defense in order to address what Buttigieg called "the security challenge of our time.” 

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Buttigieg said the climate plan would create 3 million jobs through focusing on clean energy and infrastructure over a 10-year period. The plan also creates a new senior climate security role within the Defense Department.

The proposal also calls for "a bold and achievable Green New Deal,” the climate resolution championed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Trump strips protections for Tongass forest, opening it to logging | Interior 'propaganda' video and tweets may violate ethics laws, experts say | Democrats see Green New Deal yielding gains despite GOP attacks Ocasio-Cortez says she doesn't plan on 'staying in the House forever' Ocasio-Cortez: 'Trump is the racist visionary, but McConnell gets the job done' MORE (D-N.Y.).

CNN noted that a campaign spokesman said Buttigieg's plan would cost as much as $2 trillion.

“To discourage the pollution that accelerates climate change at home and abroad, we'll set a price on carbon — and offset the cost to consumers by giving that money back as a dividend to working Americans,” he wrote in an op-ed published by CNN Wednesday. Buttigieg will appear Wednesday evening in the network's climate change town hall.

The release of Buttigieg’s climate change plan follows those of Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWhat a Biden administration should look like Overnight Defense: Dems want hearing on DOD role on coronavirus vaccine | US and India sign data-sharing pact | American citizen kidnapped in Niger Conservative operatives Wohl, Burkman charged in Ohio over false robocalls MORE (D-Mass.) and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, who both released their plans Tuesday ahead of the CNN town hall.

“We’re running out of time. Experts tell us that we have 10 years to get on the right path, or global warming will reach catastrophic levels by 2050,” Buttigieg wrote. “But the timeline that compels us to act isn’t set by Congress—it’s being dictated by science.”