Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley called global warming an excellent business opportunity and doubled down on creating a “100 percent clean electric grid by 2050” at Sunday night’s Democratic debate.
The presidential hopeful wrote an editorial in June saying if he becomes president in 2016, he will use his executive power to transition the country to renewable energy.
“I believe, within 35 years, our country can, and should, be 100% powered by clean energy, supported by millions of new jobs. To reach this goal we must accelerate that transition starting now,” O’Malley wrote.
O’Malley doubled down on that campaign promise during Sunday’s debate.
“I believe the greatest business opportunity to come to the United States of America in 100 years is climate change,” O’Malley said when the debate’s moderators asked him about global warming .
“I put forward a plan to move the U.S. to a 100 percent clean electric grid by 2050 and create 5 million jobs along the way,” the Democratic presidential candidate added.
When asked about global warming, O’Malley’s opponents — Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sander — gave non-detailed answers about what should be done about global warming.
Former Secretary of State Clinton — who has come under fire recently following news the FBI is expanding its investigation into her long-running email sandal — gave fleeting mention to renewable energy being a part of her economic growth strategy.
Sanders simply said, “The debate is over. Climate change is real.”
Sanders managed in recent weeks to fold the issue of climate change into his overarching campaign message, using his position in the Senate to introduce the Climate Protection and Justice Act, which he claims would help cut carbon emissions by 40 percent by 2030, and 80 percent by 2050.
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