Bernie Sanders says he’ll have much more to say on climate change.
The Vermont senator, who is taking on Democratic White House front-runner Hillary Clinton from the left, tells National Journal that he plans to roll out a specific platform.
Sanders says the plan will go beyond his expansive legislative proposals to date, which include a tax on carbon emissions floated with Sen. Barbara Boxer and a recent bill to prevent new oil, gas, and coal development on federal lands and waters.
“We need to be extraordinarily bold in transforming our energy system away from fossil fuel,” Sanders said in the Capitol. “We are going to be very aggressive, and we will come out with some very specific ideas.”
Asked what’s up his sleeve beyond the proposals and policy views he has already offered to date (including support for the fossil-fuel-divestment movement), Sanders replied: “I think you are going to see a greater boldness, to be honest with you.
“I am very proud of the legislation that I introduced with Senator Boxer, but I think what we have seen in the last two or three years is an … indication that the problem is perhaps a lot worse than we had anticipated, which means to me that we have to be even bolder in addressing it,” he said.