Former NYC mayor and 2020 Democrat candidate Michael Bloomberg is jumping on the ‘Green New Deal’ train in a blatant attempt to endear himself to the climate change obsessed left.

During a campaign stop in Virginia over the weekend, he promised to close U.S. coal plants.

Carl Campanile reports at the New York Post:

Bloomberg would shut down coal plants if elected president

Mike Bloomberg would shut down the nation’s remaining 251 polluting coal power plants and halt construction of 150 new gas facilities as part of a sweeping program to slash carbon emissions and boost clean energy alternatives if elected president.

Bloomberg’s plan — unveiled Friday during a campaign stop in northern Virginia — aims to cut US carbon emissions in half over 10 years and put the country on course to get 80 percent of its electricity generated from green energy sources, like wind and solar, by 2028.

The proposal would end taxpayer subsidies for fossil fuels and offer incentives for clean energy. Additionally, it would impose more stringent carbon and pollution standards for new gas plants, effectively barring new construction.

Somehow, I doubt this is going to earn Bloomberg an endorsement from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Josh Siegel of the Washington Examiner has more:

Michael Bloomberg wants to shut down coal by 2030 and start killing gas plants

Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg wants to close all of the nation’s coal plants by 2030 and have 80% of America’s electricity be carbon-free even sooner.

Bloomberg released a “100% clean power plan” Friday to replace the nation’s remaining 251 coal plants with clean electricity and stop the construction of new gas plants to achieve 80% clean electricity by 2028.

The electricity target is the first component of Bloomberg’s pledge to fully decarbonize the economy by 2050 at the latest — a goal matched by nearly the entire Democratic primary field.

Bloomberg, a late entrant to the presidential race, wants to get halfway to that goal by 2030, cutting greenhouse gas emissions 50% by then.

“We’ve proven that you can transition to clean energy and strengthen the economy at the same time,” said Bloomberg, the former New York City mayor and climate change philanthropist. “As president, I’ll accelerate our transition to a 100% clean energy economy.”

Does everyone remember what happened when a 2016 candidate vowed to put coal miners out of business? Bloomberg should ask Hillary how that worked out for her.

Progressives may not like coal, but it turns out energy independence and jobs are very popular with voters.

 

 
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