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David Turnbull,, 202-316-3499

Oil Change U.S. Response to Sen. Bernie Sanders Green New Deal Plan


Today, Senator Bernie Sanders released a Green New Deal plan as part of his campaign for the Democratic nomination for president. In response, David Turnbull, Strategic Communications Director with Oil Change U.S., released the following statement:

"Senator Bernie Sanders has been a climate champion for decades during his time in the House and Senate, and we're thrilled to see this comprehensive plan from him during his presidential run. Today, Senator Sanders has delivered a robust and impressive plan with ambitious goals and, critically, a clear stance of taking on the fossil fuel industry driving our climate crisis.

"This plan is the latest in a series of strong climate plans from 2020 candidates, and continues the race to the top for candidates vying for consideration by an electorate that puts climate change at the top of its list of concerns. With his comprehensive approach that includes an end to new fossil fuel infrastructure, a ban on fossil fuel development on public lands, and the removal of billions in fossil fuel subsidies, Senator Sanders joins the impressive collection of climate plans from Democratic contenders that continues to raise the bar for what real leadership to confront the climate crisis looks like.

"As Donald Trump drools over Greenland's rapidly melting landscape, Democratic candidates are focused on the real work of building a robust response to the climate crisis that may actually give the Greenland ice sheet a fighting chance at avoiding total collapse. This is the crucial work our country should be focused on, and we're glad to see Senator Sanders' plan that meets the urgency of the crisis we face head-on and names fossil fuel industry executives as the clear villain."

Oil Change International is a research, communications, and advocacy organization focused on exposing the true costs of fossil fuels and facilitating the ongoing transition to clean energy.

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