2020 hopeful Bennet proposes $1 trillion climate change fund

May 20, 2019 - 10:12 am

DENVER (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bennet wants to commit $1 trillion for underwriting research and projects to address climate change, set aside about one-third of U.S. lands and ocean territory for conservation and reach net-zero U.S. emissions by midcentury.

His campaign's climate plan also would require utilities to offer consumers green-energy options.

The Colorado senator joins two rivals for the 2020 nomination, former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, who already have released detailed proposals on the issue.

Bennet's timetable of net-zero emissions no later than 2050 is longer than some activists have called for, but he says it's realistic and in line with what scientists say is needed.