Beto For America

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Vision Executive Action $5 Trillion Investment Net-Zero Emissions Defend Communities Hit Hardest Environmental Justice

Climate change is the greatest threat we face—one which will test our country, our democracy, and every single one of us. Our longstanding inaction has not only impacted our climate but led to a growing emergency that has already started to sap our economic prosperity and public health—worsening inequality and threatening our safety and security. Climate change will be Beto’s top priority as president.

Beto’s plan includes the world’s largest-ever climate change investment in infrastructure, innovation, and in our people and communities; creates an enforceable standard that guarantees that we reach net-zero emissions by 2050—and get halfway there by 2030; and defends the communities preparing for and fighting against extreme weather. For everyone living today, and for those who will come after us, we need to act on climate change.

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Beto believes America should lead the world as we confront the greatest existential threat we face: Climate Change. As president, Beto will begin to cut pollution on Day One, and use his Executive Authority to: 

  • Re-enter the Paris Climate Agreement and lead negotiations for a more ambitious global plan by 2030
  • Cut methane emissions from existing sources in the oil and natural gas industry
  • Leverage $500 billion to decarbonize across all sectors, create unprecedented access to technologies for farmers and ranchers to profit from reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, and set a carbon budget for federal lands to reach net-zero emissions by 2030

Beto believes it’s time to make the biggest investment in combating climate change the world has ever seen. As president, he will: 

  • Mobilize $5 trillion to combat climate change, with significant investments in infrastructure, innovation, and our people and communities. That includes a $250 billion investment into innovation that will catalyze the discovery of new sciences and the creation of new businesses.
  • And by mobilizing over $1 trillion through grants and investments into our communities, Beto will be able to create sustainable housing and methods of public transportation, while improving the public health outcomes of those impacted by pollution and climate change.

Beto believes we need to reach net-zero emissions by 2050—and get halfway there by 2030. As president, Beto will:

  • Rigorously measure progress, scaling what works and scrapping what doesn’t
  • Enforce our laws to hold polluters accountable, 
  • Advance consumer choice and market competition
  • Leverage natural climate solutions
  • Require public companies to measure and disclose climate risks and emissions produced by their operations and supply chains

Beto believes we need to confront climate change today by protecting the communities most at risk. As president, Beto will:

  • Implement a ten-fold increase on spending for pre-disaster mitigation grants
  • Change the law to ensure we build back stronger after every disaster
  • Expand our federal crop insurance program
  • Invest in the climate readiness and resilience of our first responders
  • Bolster the security of our military bases at home and abroad

Beto believes no one should be exposed to toxic and polluting facilities simply because of what they look like or where they live—and yet, he knows race is the leading factor of where toxic and polluting facilities exist today. In Houston, for example, 97% of residents are people of color, and 90% of the individuals living in that neighborhood live within a mile of a facility deemed “high risk” for a catastrophic industrial accident. As president, Beto will:

  • Invest $1.2 trillion in the people and communities impacted by the effects of climate change. These funds will be invested in: 
    • Public health, transportation and public housing—and in combating exposure to toxic and polluting facilities, including through housing grants that help close the affordable housing gap in a way that promotes sustainability and quality of life.
  • Ensure that the Justice Department and EPA have the resources they need to ensure corporations that pollute communities do not do so with impunity.