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Bernie's Campaign Becomes 2020's First to Promise to Offset Their Carbon Emissions
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=50416"><span class="small">Aki Soga, The Burlington Free Press</span></a>   
Thursday, 21 March 2019 12:47

Soga writes: "Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., pledged on Thursday that his 2020 presidential campaign will be carbon neutral, a promise similar to the one he made for his 2016 bid."

Senator Bernie Sanders shakes hands with supporters at his 2020 campaign launch. (photo: CBS News)
Senator Bernie Sanders shakes hands with supporters at his 2020 campaign launch. (photo: CBS News)


Bernie's Campaign Becomes 2020's First to Promise to Offset Their Carbon Emissions

By Aki Soga, The Burlington Free Press

21 March 19

 

en. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., pledged on Thursday that his 2020 presidential campaign will be carbon neutral, a promise similar to the one he made for his 2016 bid.

"Bernie 2020 today announced its commitment to renewable energy projects and offsetting all carbon emissions produced from campaign travel activities, as part of his longstanding commitment to the fight against global climate change," read a statement emailed by his campaign.

Sanders, who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, came under fire for spending nearly $300,000 to fly in a private jet to events supporting Democratic candidates during the 2018 midterm elections.

The Sanders campaign said it spent nearly $5,000 on carbon offsets to counter the impact of the jet travel on climate change.

Climate change is a recurring theme in Sanders' campaign speeches and the Vermont independent is one of the co-sponsors of the Green New Deal, an ambitious set of policies aimed at addressing economic inequality and climate change.

On Feb. 7, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY, and Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., introduced a Green New Deal resolution with the framework for the policies needed to achieve the initiative's goals.

Full Sanders' campaign statement

WASHINGTON – Bernie 2020 today announced its commitment to renewable energy projects and offsetting all carbon emissions produced from campaign travel activities, as part of his longstanding commitment to the fight against global climate change.

“Bernie Sanders is a champion in the fight for climate justice and, like him, we know we need to address our emissions through action, not just rhetoric,” said Faiz Shakir, campaign manager. “We are proud to lead the way in the fight against climate change by acting boldly to move our energy system away from fossil fuels and towards sustainable energy sources.”

In an effort to balance out the carbon emissions produced by travel activities associated with both himself and his staff, Sanders is partnering with NativeEnergy, a Vermont-based leader in emissions reduction project investments, to support renewable energy projects and invest in carbon reduction projects. Bernie 2020 will also offset event venue and attendee-related emissions.

In 2016, Bernie also offset the emissions from all of his staff’s campaign offices and travel activities, and he addressed the emissions from his 2018 Vermont Senate campaign by supporting an innovative emissions reduction project on a Vermont dairy farm.

Bernie is a co-sponsor of the Green New Deal resolution and has introduced the boldest legislation in the Senate to combat climate change by rapidly transitioning away from fossil fuels to 100 percent renewable energy, creating millions of good-paying jobs in the process.

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+7 # DongiC 2019-03-21 16:25
Sanders is leading the way on the environmental front by offsetting the carbon emissions resulting from his campaign. A very nice gesture and a great example for his supporters. Go, Bernie, go.
 
 
+6 # DD1946 2019-03-22 08:38
His workers unionizing as well! He walks the walk.
 
 
+2 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-03-22 07:10
I'm not a fan of "carbon offsets" or the principle of carbon neutrality. When it says above,

"The Sanders campaign said it spent nearly $5,000 on carbon offsets"


that really means that Sanders purchased the rights to the carbon consumption of some tree forest or a lake. Now he can claim that because the trees or lake are consuming carbon, Sanders is reducing the total carbon in the atmosphere. No! He is "offsetting" the carbon of his jet with already existing consumption..

The problem with this theory is that the trees were consuming carbon long before anyone thought of selling that function of trees on the open market to people like Sanders.

My parents were farmers. They had a lot of forest land. They were approached by some investment company that wanted to buy their carbon sequestration rights. Then these rights would be sold on Wall Street to someone like Sanders. They refused. Their trees were consuming carbon as they always did.

Carbon offsets don't reduce the amount of carbon in the atmosphere. In fact, they only legitimize the release of carbon into the atmosphere. Sanders can claim he is not polluting because he bought carbon offsets. No. He is polluting. The trees will always consume carbon and if Sanders stopped producing carbon, then there would be real reduction.

Why doesn't Sanders run his campaign from a train. He could get a whole car from Amtrak and house his whole staff in that car. They could stop at all small towns across the US.
 
 
+3 # Street Level 2019-03-22 14:34
While that might be true I haven't seen another candidate even make so much as a mention of this let alone actually make an attempt.
He's not perfect but he's the closest and by far the best candidate and I do get your point.
 
 
+1 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-03-22 18:13
Street -- yes, I agree with you. Sanders is way ahead of everyone else.
 
 
+1 # librarian1984 2019-03-22 16:01
Authenticity leads.

And I must say, it's awfully nice to see presidential candidates competing to see who can get farthest left. (Even if most of them have no intention of following through.) It tells us they do know what people want.

Remember that Trump ran to the left of HRC on several issues. Populism is in vogue.

Hallelujah.