Article of Interest: Democratic Presidential Contenders Chart Different Paths to Clean Energy

Posted: November 14, 2019

The 2020 Democratic contenders may be united on many issues, but how to reach America’s clean energy future is still a topic of contention among the candidates.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (VT) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (MA) are both in favor of aggressively removing fossil fuels from the grid by 2030. Former Vice President Joe Biden also supports slashing fossil fuels, but advocates for a deadline of 2050.

One of the biggest differences in energy policy among the Democratic frontrunners is their plan for the future of nuclear energy. While Sanders and Warren are adamantly against the expansion of nuclear power plants and want to wean off existing plants, Biden has argued that developing our nuclear fleet can help reach our climate goals.

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SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN: Democratic Presidential Contenders Chart Different Paths to Clean Energy