Sanders unveils plan to confront 'billionaire fossil fuel industry'


Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said Monday that his far-reaching climate plan would cut pollution and "reclaim our democracy from the billionaire fossil fuel industry."

The socialist candidate's 16-page-plan aims to take his political revolution to the "fossil fuel billionaires" and "finally put people before the profits of the polluters" by cutting U.S. carbon pollution 80 percent by 2050 from 1990 levels, placing a tax on carbon pollution and doubling the number of Americans working in the clean energy industry to 10 million people.

"Right now, we have an energy policy that is rigged to boost the profits of big oil companies like Exxon, BP and Shell at the expense of average Americans. CEOs are raking in record profits while climate change ravages our planet and our people — all because the wealthiest industry in the history of our planet has bribed politicians into complacency in the face of climate change," Sanders wrote in his plan. "Enough is enough."