Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) on Monday rolled out his most ambitious policy proposal to date, calling for the United States to invest $5 trillion over the next decade in an effort to cut the country’s greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050.
O’Rourke aims to update aging U.S. infrastructure, accelerate innovation and invest climate sustainability in local communities. His campaign said it would be the “largest investment in fighting climate change in history.”
The climate proposal also includes executive actions that O’Rourke’s campaign said he would sign on Day One if elected. Under his plan, the U.S. would re-enter the Paris climate agreement and there would be a moratorium on new oil and gas sales on federal lands and offshore, while setting a 2030 net-zero emissions target for federal lands. Emissions from drilling on public lands currently account for roughly a quarter of all U.S. emissions.
“The greatest threat we face — which will test our country, our democracy, every single one of us — is climate change,” O’Rourke said in a statement.
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