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Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez upset new USMCA trade deal makes no mention of ‘climate change’

Sen. Bernie Sanders, who is beginning to out-poll 2020 Democratic presidential frontrunner and former Vice President Joe Biden in some surveys, lamented the newly-signed United States Mexico Canada Agreement because it makes no mention of “climate change.”

The agreement, which passed in the U.S. Senate on Thursday, does not contain “a single damn mention of ‘climate change,” Sanders (I-Vt.) wrote on Twitter.

“250 pages. 37,500 words. Not a single damn mention of ‘climate change,’” he wrote, adding: “Trump’s NAFTA is a giveaway to the fossil fuel industry.”

“I voted NO because the future of our planet is more important than the short-term profits of Exxon Mobil and Chevron,” he claimed along with a video detailing his decision.



“So here you have an existential threat to the future of America, to the future of our entire planet, and what the scientists are telling us, we have very few years to get our act together to take on the fossil fuel industry, to transform our energy system away from fossil fuel to energy efficiency and sustainable energy,” Sanders claimed.

“And here you have a major trade agreement, which, in fact, will make it easier for the large oil companies to destroy our planet from Mexico.”

Sanders has also suggested on the campaign trail this cycle that fossil fuel executives are “probably criminally liable” for climate change, and he also hinted that he is in favor of prosecuting them as president.

In addition to Sanders, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) also slammed the USMCA as it is known, calling it a “carbon emissions nightmare.”

“Trump’s NAFTA 2.0 is an enormous, multinational prize for climate deniers and the fossil fuel industry,” Ocasio-Cortez, who has endorsed Sanders’ candidacy, wrote in a tweet.




“It’s a carbon emissions nightmare that locks the US in for YEARS & blocks whoever wins the presidency in 2020 from negotiating a better deal,” she continued. “It’s a bad idea, folks.”

“Socialist Bernie Sanders just proudly voted AGAINST new jobs and higher wages for Americans workers,” the Trump campaign wrote in an email to supporters in reaction to Sanders’ position.

“Sanders is willing to sacrifice blue-collar jobs and better wages, even as he enjoys flying fossil fuel burning private jets on an almost daily basis,” it continued.

While scientists and climatologists agree that the weather patterns and overall climate both change over time, they are in disagreement over the cause. Some believe that human activity is causing the changes, while others say changes are simply part of Earth’s evolution, pointing to past periods of excessive warmth and cold during periods of far less human technological development.

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