Kamala Harris Pitches $10 Trillion Plan To Combat Climate Change, 2nd Most Expensive Among 2020 Candidates

Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris wants the United States to spend a whopping $10 trillion to combat climate change, she announced on Wednesday, unveiling her plan for the country to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045.

The plan is the second most expensive plan among 2020 candidates, falling only to Senator Bernie Sanders’ $16.3 trillion pitch.

“My plan ⁠— a Climate Plan For the People ⁠— is about putting people first, justice for communities that have been harmed and accountability for those responsible,” Harris said, announcing her plan, the Washington Examiner reports. “There are too many families that have been and continue to be harmed as a result of environmental racism and injustice.”

From the Washington Examiner:

And her timeline for carbon neutrality, or net-zero emissions, is faster than the mid-century target set by most other candidates, a timeline that U.N. climate scientists say is necessary to avoid the worst consequences of climate change. Net-zero emissions means that no more carbon emissions are produced within the country than are eliminated from the atmosphere.

Harris seeks for the U.S. use 100% carbon-neutral electricity by 2030, while cutting overall U.S. emissions 50% by that time. She also wants all new passenger vehicles sold in the U.S. to be zero-emission by 2035.

As Harris is slowly falling further behind in the polls to former Vice President Joe Biden, Sanders, and fellow Senator Elizabeth Warren, the lawmaker could be using the climate change push to garner support.

According to the report, the timing of Harris’ announcement is also key as it comes just ahead of CNN’s seven-hour town hall on climate change. The event will give several of the Democratic presidential candidates a full stage to speak and address questions for how they would address the problem if they win the 2020 election.

Here’s more, from the report:

Harris, the California senator and former attorney general of the state, is positioning herself as a candidate who sees climate change as an all-encompassing issue that should be addressed alongside other societal issues such as racial and economic disparities.

Like other candidates, such as Cory Booker and Elizabeth Warren, she seeks to ensure that addressing climate change benefits low-income, minority, and indigenous communities, which is a key theme of the Green New Deal, the liberal plan for revamping the economy to mitigate climate change and curb inequality.

Harris says she would push Congress to pass legislation she introduced in July with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez that would require congressional climate and environmental bills to have an equity score, similar to a Congressional Budget Office score.