In an open letter addressed to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), more than four dozen U.S. climate scientists boldly support his Green New Deal denouncing former vice-president Joe Biden’s claim that the deal isn’t backed by science. The scientists went as far as saying the Green New Deal is necessary to “solve our climate crisis.”
“Not only does your Green New Deal follow the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) timeline for action, but the solutions you are proposing to solve our climate crisis are realistic, necessary, and backed by science,” the open letter said.
Biden, who made the claim during a campaign event in Iowa, said “there’s not a single solitary scientist that thinks” the Green New Deal “can work:”
I'm a scientist, and I think it can work. https://t.co/w2TlbQz4wv— Eric Holthaus (@EricHolthaus) January 24, 2020
Sanders’ Green New Deal calls for “100 percent renewable energy for electricity and transportation by no later than 2030 and complete decarbonization by at least 2050.”
Sanders said the plan is necessary to address the climate crisis and responded to Biden’s claim at a campaign in Iowa:
.@BernieSanders responds: "My good friend Joe Biden has recently said, and I quote, "not a single, solitary scientist" endquote agrees with my plan. well Joe, you're wrong. Many leading scientists agree with our plan. " https://t.co/RIMk5bhTKU pic.twitter.com/7VoBsrQ4S3— People for Bernie (@People4Bernie) January 26, 2020
“Well, Joe, you’re wrong,” Sanders said.
The open letter reads:
Dear Senator Sanders:
The top scientific body on climate change, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel onClimate Change (IPCC), tells us we must act immediately to bring the world together to stop the catastrophic impacts of climate change. The Green New Deal you are proposing is not only possible, but it must be done if we want to save the planet for ourselves, our children, grandchildren, and future generations. Not only does your Green New Deal follow the IPCC’s timeline for action, but the solutions you are proposing to solve our climate crisis are realistic,necessary, and backed by science. We must protect the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the planet we call home.