Bloomberg climate plan would halve U.S. carbon emissions in 10 years

(Reuters News, 13 Dec 2019) The plan would target 80% clean energy by 2028, and would be the first of several schemes to move the country toward 100% clean energy as fast as possible, ideally before 2045.

Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg on Friday unveiled a climate plan to slash U.S. carbon emissions by 50% in ten years, by slapping tougher pollution standards on new gas-fired power plants and replacing coal with cleaner energy sources like wind and solar.

The billionaire former New York City mayor has been active on climate change for years.

The plan catches him up to a crowded field of Democratic presidential hopefuls who have already detailed aggressive plans to eliminate U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, tapping into what has become a crucial issue for Democratic voters.

Bloomberg announced his candidacy last month, putting him among 15 Democrats vying to take on Republican President Donald Trump in the November 2020 election.

"We have to start working as hard as we can building a 100% clean energy economy because the alternative is just too bad for all of us," Bloomberg said at a news conference, adding that he believes Trump is "the wrong person for the job."

Trump has expressed doubts about the science of climate change, has rolled back climate regulations to boost drilling, and has moved to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement - an international accord to fight global warming.

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Reuters News, 13 Dec 2019: Bloomberg climate plan would halve U.S. carbon emissions in 10 years