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Bernie Sanders Would Put the U.S. Government in the Wind Farm Business

  • His $16.3 trillion plan envisions carbon-free economy by 2030
  • Sweeping programs would transform energy, auto industries
Operations At The Caithness Shepherds Flat Wind Farm

Photographer: Meg Roussos/Bloomberg


Bernie Sanders wants renewable energy to power U.S. homes and vehicles by 2030 -- and he wants to do it by enlisting the federal government in building and running new solar, wind and geothermal electricity projects.

The Vermont senator will unveil those goals in California on Thursday as part of a broad $16.3 trillion plan for combating climate change that tries to capitalize on voter enthusiasm for the issue while casting himself as more ambitious than competitors for the Democratic presidential nomination.