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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 ButtigiegButtigieg: Bipartisan deal on infrastructure 'strongly preferred' OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden ends infrastructure talks with key Republican | Colonial Pipeline CEO grilled over ransomware attack | Texas gov signs bills to improve power grid after winter storm Biden ends infrastructure talks with key Republican 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 TrumpTrump DOJ demanded metadata on 73 phone numbers and 36 email addresses, Apple says Putin says he's optimistic about working with Biden ahead of planned meeting Biden meets Queen Elizabeth for first time as president MORE and his Republican challenger, former Massachusetts Gov. Bill WeldWilliam (Bill) WeldThe Memo: What now for anti-Trump Republicans? Ralph Gants, chief justice of Massachusetts supreme court, dies at 65 The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden visits Kenosha | Trump's double-voting suggestion draws fire | Facebook clamps down on election ads 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 BennetSenate panel advances nominations for key Treasury positions Democrats blast Biden climate adviser over infrastructure remarks Colorado lawmakers invite Harris to tour state's space industry MORE (D-Colo.). 

Bennet and Sen. Tom UdallTom UdallSenate Democrats befuddled by Joe Manchin Study: Chemical used in paint thinners caused more deaths than EPA identified Oregon senator takes center stage in Democratic filibuster debate MORE (D-N.M.) have introduced a resolution that would require such conservation.

-- Updated at 12:12 p.m.