Buttigieg expands on climate plan with new proposals

Buttigieg expands on climate plan with new proposals
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Democratic presidential candidate Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegReuters poll finds Sanders cutting Biden national lead to single digits Biden says he'll adopt plans from Sanders, Warren Buttigieg guest-hosts for Jimmy Kimmel: 'I've got nothing else going on' MORE on Friday released new climate proposals as part of his environment agenda.

The former South Bend, Ind., mayor wants to conserve 30 percent of U.S. lands and oceans by 2030, double clean electricity generation by 2025 and make the U.S. more resilient to the effects of climate change. 

“America’s public lands power local economies, preserve sensitive habitats and cultural heritage, and protect our clean air and water," Buttigieg said in a statement. 

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“My administration will protect our public lands for posterity while ensuring that they are a key part of the solution to tackling the climate crisis,” he added.

Recent rankings of Buttigieg's plans by environmentalists have placed him among the middle of the pack.

Buttigieg this week was given a 4 out of 10 on the Center for Biological Diversity Action Fund's scorecard, place him third out of the six candidates it evaluated.

He has been given a B-plus by Greenpeace, coming fourth out of 10 candidates, including the eight Democrats running for the White House as well as President TrumpDonald John TrumpWith VP pick, Biden can't play small ball in a long ball world Coronavirus hits defense contractor jobs Wake up America, your country doesn't value your life MORE and his Republican challenger, former Massachusetts Gov. Bill WeldWilliam (Bill) WeldTrump becomes presumptive GOP nominee after sweeping primaries Trump sweeps through mini-Super Tuesday primaries Trump glides to victory in Super Tuesday GOP primaries MORE

The White House hopeful's new proposal calls for building a zero-emission clean electricity system by 2035 and achieving net-zero emissions from public lands by 2030.

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He also targets environmental rollbacks eyed by the Trump administration, saying he would "restore the integrity" of bedrock conservation laws such the National Environmental Policy Act and the Endangered Species Act.

He also calls for restoring the original boundaries to the Bears Ears National Monument established by former President Obama amid plans from the Trump administration to shrink it.

To make the U.S more resistant to the effects of climate change, Buttigieg is proposing the establishment of "Regional Resilience Hubs" to provide resilience data and to invest $5 billion in grants that can be used for resilience projects. 

Buttigieg's aim to conserve 30 percent of lands and oceans follows a similar proposal from former presidential candidate Sen. Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetHillicon Valley: Facebook launches portal for coronavirus information | EU sees spike in Russian misinformation on outbreak | Senate Dem bill would encourage mail-in voting | Lawmakers question safety of Google virus website We need a massive economic response to counter the threat of the coronavirus Senator calls for cybersecurity review at health agencies after hacking incident MORE (D-Colo.). 

Bennet and Sen. Tom UdallThomas (Tom) Stewart UdallDemocrats press Pompeo to help Americans stranded abroad amid coronavirus Democrats press FEC pick to recuse himself from Trump matters Overnight Energy: Watchdog blasts planning behind BLM relocation | Progress on Senate energy bill | Dems eye two measures for inclusion ahead of vote MORE (D-N.M.) have introduced a resolution that would require such conservation.

-- Updated at 12:12 p.m.