Washington: Democratic presidential hopeful Jay Inslee unveiled an extensive plan to restore the U.S. leadership in the fight against climate change that involves proposals to settle hundreds of climate refugees and raise barriers on the import of fossil fuels.
“Climate change is contributing to an expanding refugee crisis both directly, with 24 million people displaced on average each year around the world since 2008 due to extreme weather events, and indirectly, as climate change impacts force people to migrate in search of food, water, shelter, or to avoid conflict,” the plan described.
Democratic participants competing for the party’s nomination to take on Republican president Donald Trump in the 2020 elections are looking to differentiate themselves with the strongest plan to curb global warming, a major concern in the presidential race.
The Washington state governor has made a plan to bring the U.S. to net-zero carbon emission by the end of 2045 by replacing the use of oil, gas, and coal with renewable sources through huge investments in clean energy infrastructure and technology.
Many other Democratic contenders, including Joe Biden, have framed similar objectives for eliminating greenhouse gas emissions, which are heavily impacting the climate n the form of droughts, sea level rise, floods, and powerful storms.
These plans may work as a reversal of Trump’s energy agenda, which is focused on reducing or weakening the climate and environmental protection activities to escalate coal mining and oil and gas drilling.
The plans also specify proposals to make sure that international investments are not given for fossil fuel projects, including “implementing widespread prohibitions against financing for fossil fuel projects overseas”