To fight climate change, a new bill would ban all fossil fuels by 2050

In a publicity stunt tied directly to the People’s Climate March, Sen. Jeff Merkley (Ore.-D) will announce new legislation that would ban fossil fuels by 2050.

Merkley said he will introduce the bill the week of April 24, ahead of the planned rallies across the country. The legislation, co-sponsored by Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt-I), is called the “100 by ’50 Act.”

Merkley said in a statement the legislation is in response to the election of Donald Trump and an “anti-science Congress.” The same Congress he’ll need to pass his new bill.

Merkley said now more than ever is the “time to push for a bold new strategy to tackle #Climate Change.” That means a “fundamental shift” in how America produces and uses energy.

But even under President Obama and a Democratic-led congress, fossil fuel usage and fracking continued to grow and helped make America one of the largest natural gas and oil producing countries.

They also bandied about the idea of a carbon tax, but that was killed by congressional Democrats from oil and gas producing states. It also polled as a highly unpopular idea by Americans.

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    Amber

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    OK Merkley and Sanders seeing as neither of you will be around in 2050 why not show
    you aren’t hypocrites and from this day forward stop using any fossil fuel based products and services ?
    No jets , no heat , drop most foods etc etc .
    Come on guys put on your big boy pants and show the way for the rest of your lives . You might even be membered for something other than ranting spitting loons .

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      Rhee

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      hear, hear! these nincompoops who propose such a thing should be first to lead by example. it would be interesting to see how Merkley and Sanders could survive without a whit of fossil fuel; they’d literally have to be naked in the forest since virtually all their clothing is produced with fossil fuels, not to mention food and iphones. just hope they know how to knit fig leaves together…

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        Old44

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        They will have to knit them with sticks.

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    ricky

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    That some-bitch and his bill will be 23 days too late

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    Spurwing Plover

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    Of all the political animals out there by far the demacratic donkey is the #1 stupidists of them all whats this pinhead thinks this will accomplish? Just to appease these stupid eco-wackos Someone needs to confiscated all his limos and evict this pea-brain from his home

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    Chris

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    What a silly, meaningless, thoughtless idea. Just when we have an opportunity to get affordable, life-saving and life-improving energy to 1.3 billion of the poorest humans, an alarmist decides to make himself feel better. I like Amber’s idea. Let him and Bernie lead the way; no airplanes, no AC, no cars; nothing that uses coal, oil, or natural gas; effective immediately.

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    Spurwing Plover

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    This is just what the radical enviromentalists would want people freezing in the winter or sweltering in the summer welcome to the World of Greenpeace/Sierra Club/EDF/ and all the rest of the Deep Ecologists who would want the human race to go extinct so they can return the wold back to the utopia in their little wacky weed inspire dreams while watching crap like AVATAR,BEFORE THE FLOOD,A INVONVEBNT TRUTH and THE 11th HOUR

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    Amber

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    And people were surprised the Democrats lost ? No wonder their former union pals are walking away from these nut jobs . If they phased out at least half the politicians would anyone notice ?

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    Me

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    The most moronic thing is all the countries in the North! Yeah rich politicians really don’t give a crap about people after they are elected, especially liberals! It is a tax revenue for them, and then they have to give it away to the UN! They will give some as promised and then later raise the taxes as needed! Like always!

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    Spurwing Plover

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    Merkley is a idiot a total idiot what else dose this born again eco-nutcase want? and with Earthday coming up just wait for the green nuts to come tumbling from the nut tree and of course with a repubican in the whitehouse the green nuts with be puring into the streets thicker then flies to a trash dumper full of dead jackasses carcasses and the idiot groups like the Center for Biological Diversityw hining a border fence will stop wildlife for migrating(Not Birds and Butterflies)and look at the useful idiots in the picture above using paint,plastic and paperto show their total ignorance

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    amirlach

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    The Left criticises those who want to repeal Obama Care without any replacement. Yet they want to replace fossil fuels without any viable replacement. Rather Ironic.

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    Sonnyhill

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    There seems to be some friction between the “leave it in the ground” environment crew and Trudeau. Trudeau has approved two pipelines, and a third, Energy East, is still being considered. Liberals want the tax revenue, Kathleen Wynne will benefit through transfer payments. Hypocrites, eh?

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    Amber

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    Trudeau is trying to impose a carbon tax to feed the only thing he is qualified to do .
    Tax and spend other peoples money . When Mr Photo OP is finally kicked out the earths temperature will have done what it wants and this goof that thinks “budgets balance themselves”will have left a fiscal train wreck for future generations to clean up .
    The people who want to ban fossil fuels should stop using them immediately .
    All talk and no action earns no credibility .

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    iheartagw

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    Bernie Sanders hates poor black African children.

    He wants their mothers to continue cooking meals with cow dung for fuel.

    A racist black hater.

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