“Carbon Fee and Dividend” Proposal
By Bradley Short
Former Maryland representative John Delaney recently uncovered a plan aiming to attack the growing dangers of climate change. The 2020 democratic candidate put forth a $4 trillion proposal that taxes carbon as well as reduces 90% of the United States’ carbon emissions by 2050.
In hopes to reduce climate change, Delaney is focusing on the advancement of green technology. To fund this, he would cut the government’s current subsidies to fossil fuels (nearly $1 trillion annually). This proposal also includes the redistribution of the carbon tax to Americans. Delaney is setting a concrete plan for the future and will make this ”a first 100 day priority in my administration”.
Donald Trump recently made a joke as the entire midwest was under heavy cold weather, saying “What the hell is going on with Global Warming? Please come back fast, we need you!”. With different ideologies than Trump, Delaney is forming a direct approach to fighting global warming, saying, “Failure to act threatens our prosperity, national security, food supply, and the natural world”.
With Delaney’s plan on reconstructing the government's spending budget, it will be intriguing to see what other candidates have in store for their presidential plans.