Former Texas Democrat Representative and 2020 presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke announced a $5 trillion plan to attack climate change.
O’Rourke took his climate change agenda on the road to announce his plan.
— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) April 29, 2019
The former U.S. congressman from Texas is pitching a 10-year plan that seeks to spur investment in clean technology and energy efficiency, achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and shore up communities vulnerable to the effects of climate change.
O’Rourke’s plan includes proposing federal spending, coupled with state and local funds, in an effort to cut U.S fossil fuel use to achieve net-zero emissions of greenhouse gases by 2050. Part of the plan includes spending about $250 billion on research and development.
O’Rourke plans to fund the program by making tax code changes including ending tax breaks for traditional energy companies.
Read the plan here.
This is O’Rourke’s first major policy initiative and his plan generated media coverage.
Beto O'Rourke unveiling climate change plan just before he meets with a scientist in Yosemite, a national park with breathtaking views and scars from wildfires…setting the scene for a conversation on climate change.
Working w/@lauradolancnn & @katesullivandc on this one. pic.twitter.com/eJBfuKR8MK
— Leyla Santiago (@leylasantiago) April 29, 2019
O’Rourke is trying to use climate change to make an appeal to Democrat primary voters.