Senator Elizabeth Warren (D) continued her presidential campaign in Iowa with a town hall at Simpson College in Indianola on Sunday afternoon.
After her extensive remarks, she took questions.
A question and response on Climate:
Question: …um, the climate crisis. [Senator Warren: “Yeah.”] There’s not an Iowan, not an American, not an Earthling, human or non-human for whom this doesn’t represent an existential crisis. And yet it’s inexplicably and inexcusably missing from the wider conversation, both on the stump and on the stage. And I know you agree with this because you spoke so well to it today and I know you agree with this because you have a plan for that. In fact, you have several. And they’re quit robust and good. What I worry about is that, uh, the voters don’t understand how essential that plan is to all your other plans, and, in fact, to all of their plans. So my question is, can we count on you to raise that, the climate crisis, to the forefront of the election where it belongs? And, if so, what will that commitment look like?
Senator Elizabeth Warren (D): Okay. So, first answer is yes. [cheers][applause] Yes and. And, here’s, here’s the point I want to make ’cause Ryan’s right. Uh, go to elizabethwarren.comto to look at the climate stuff. It’s got a lot in it. Including the latest piece I just rolled out which is about environmental justice. About how it is that black children and black brown children are more likely to have breathed pollution from before they born and all through their lives. And suffer health consequences and diminished future opportunities because the dumps are located near their neighborhoods. Because industrial growth…because the trash that’s spewed into the air and poisons that are thrown into the water have been closet to their neighborhoods. So, when we think about environmental issues there a whole lot of pieces on this we have to think about. And we can’t do them as afterthoughts. We can’t do environmental generally as afterthoughts, but we can’t do these four pieces, including environmental justice. So I urge you, as we talk about this to pick up the different pieces.
I’ll give you one more that I just think is critical. We all are talking on stage, all the Democratic candidates, about how much money we’re going to invest. Me, too. I’ve got a lot of ways to invest money. Uh, I’ve got a green manufacturing plan that is going to produce about one point two million good factory jobs. Green jobs that are going to help us save the environment. Union jobs that are going to help families rebuild economically. I hope you’ll take a look at that.
Because another piece we have to be willing to talk about, many folks are not, and that is the role of regulation. Think about it this way. There are just three industries that produce seventy percent of the carbon we throw into the air…The first one is housing and buildings, right, our housing and buildings. The second one is cars. And the third one is electricity, how we produce electricity. So I’ve got a plan. I picked this up from Governor Jay Inslee ’cause I think it’s such a terrific plan. [Voice: “Yeah!”] [applause] By 2028 new building has a zero carbon footprint. By 2030 all new cars and light duty trucks that are produced, zero carbon footprint. And by 2035 all electricity that is produced, zero carbon footprint. Three regulations in place and we cut our carbon emissions by seventy percent by 2035. [applause][cheers]
That’s not all we need to do, there’s much more. We need to think about this globally, which I do. I’ve got a lot of plans around this. But here’s the part I want to go to just to pull this back together. Noting is going to happen so long as Washington remains as corrupt as it is. So anyone who tells you, oh I’ve got great plan and number A, terrific plan number B, and fabulous plan number C, and isn’t willing to say I’m going to beat back the influence of the big polluters, of the carbon based industry, of the Koch brothers, it’s not gonna happen.
Oh, there may be some bills that get passed that have wonderful names. Right. Like clean up everything and the future only…[laughter] and unicorns. [laughter] Right?
But to make real change we have got to beat back the corruption in Washington. We have got to beat back the influence of money.
So, you ask me what’s it going to look like? And the answer is, all I can talk about is corruption. [applause] I will absolutely…[applause][cheers]
And when Mark Zuckerberg doesn’t like it, too bad for Mark Zuckerberg. [cheers][applause]
But, it is about having the courage to call out the corruption. And let me tell you one other, just how this is going to fit together. It’s that we’ve got to attack the corruption head on. So that we can disrupt it. So we can put it on its back feet. So that we can start making the changes we need to make, and I mean making them fast, on every single possible front. It is absolutely critical that we do this. I want to say a lot more about this. It’s the reason, also, that I’m in the fight. Say, I’m going to get rid of the filibuster on the first day. Otherwise those guys, the money interests will continue to have a veto over everything that comes through Congress.
We simply cannot afford this anymore. We need to make change starting January 2021. We need to make it fast. We need to make it right. And we to be in this fight, all of us, all the way. [cheers][applause]