Bernie Sanders pledges to offset campaign travel costs; first 2020 presidential candidate to go carbon neutral

“Bernie Sanders is a champion in the fight for climate justice and, like him, we know we need to address our emissions through action, not just rhetoric.”

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Sen. Bernie Sanders, (I-Vt.), presidential candidate for 2020 promised to be carbon neutral during his current campaign.

His announcement comes as part of his “longstanding commitment to the fight against global climate change,” according to Sander’s campaign statement.

“Bernie 2020 today announced its commitment to renewable energy projects and offsetting all carbon emissions produced from campaign travel activities, as part of his longstanding commitment to the fight against global climate change.”

Sanders, who is a co-sponsor of the Green New Deal, is committed to renewable energy projects and “offsetting all carbon emissions produced from campaign travel activities,” the Burlington Free Press reported.

“Bernie Sanders is a champion in the fight for climate justice and, like him, we know we need to address our emissions through action, not just rhetoric,” Faiz Shakir, campaign manager, said.

Sanders will partner with NativeEnergy, a Vermont-based company that specializes in emissions reduction project investments, to offset any campaign travel associated generated from himself and his staff members along with any event and attendee-related emissions.

The Vermont senator and democratic presidential hopeful is the first candidate to pledge such a commitment as Sanders continues to make climate change a central plank of his 2020 campaign.

“We are proud to lead the way in the fight against climate change by acting boldly to move our energy system away from fossil fuels and towards sustainable energy sources,” Shakir said.

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