The greatest threat we face — which will test our country, our democracy, every single one of us — is climate change.
The planet has warmed more than 1-degree Celsius just since 1980 — helping to cause historic fires, floods, hurricanes and droughts seen throughout the world and in the U.S. This warming is caused by our own excesses, our emissions and our own inaction in the face of the facts and the science.
But we have 12 years to shift course and avert the deadliest impacts that will follow warming of 3 or 4 degrees, or even more. The next president must ensure that we unleash the ingenuity and political will of hundreds of millions of Americans to meet this moment before it's too late.
That’s why today I want to share our plan to fight climate change. The action steps enclosed begin on day one. But given the gravity of the work that lies ahead, we know that this fight will require much more than a president signing a handful of executive orders. We will need a full mobilization of our democracy and economy — every single one of us, joining together — to defeat the gravest of threats to humanity.
Take a moment now to read more about our plan on our campaign website. Then forward this email to your friends and family — we need everyone all-in on this.
We begin by cutting pollution on day one, reentering the Paris Climate Agreement and curbing fossil fuel production on public lands. We continue by making a historic investment in infrastructure, innovation, and people that mobilizes $5 trillion over the next 10 years to confront climate change head on. And we will leave nothing to chance: our administration will establish legally enforceable standards to guarantee that we achieve net-zero emissions by the year 2050 and get halfway there by 2030.
In all of this, we will be there for and lift up the people and communities most affected by the dangers and destruction of global warming. Our administration will increase funding ten-fold to help vulnerable communities prepare for extreme weather. And we will be there for these communities when disasters do strike.
Much as The Greatest Generation met the existential threat to the western democracies nearly 80 years ago, and at the same time helped to lift millions of Americans into the middle class, we have an opportunity now to meet an existential threat to this planet by ensuring that public health policy, economic policy, and the engine of a far more conscientious capitalism is put to work in service of our ability to meet this challenge.
There’s much more in the plan to read, so I would encourage you to take a look at our website. But I also want you to know that this is just the beginning. As we travel across the country and hear more great ideas from the American people in their communities, we will be adding more policy proposals along the way.
Today, our campaign is traveling throughout the Central Valley of California to discuss our plan. This is a region that has borne many of the most devastating consequences of climate change but also exemplifies the innovation and ingenuity necessary to take on this challenge.
This moment of maximum peril may also be our moment of maximum potential. Let us show ourselves, our children, and the world that when we come together, there is no limit to what we can achieve.
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