Presidential candidate Joe Biden and politician Bernie Sanders have joined together to create the Biden-Sanders Unity Task Force. The effort is part of a series of climate change policies that have become part of Biden’s platform during his presidential race. Among the goals set by the platform is an increase in community solar energy systems and a five-year goal to install 500 million solar modules.
The Biden-Sanders Unity Task Force released a report that discussed future plans to help increase the awareness and implementation of renewable energy. Both Biden and Sanders have become vocal advocates for the environment, and the task force emphasizes the use of energy storage, clean transportation, and renewable sources. It also covers climate change, measures to close the racial wealth gap, health care, and criminal justice reform.
For its renewable energy goals, along with increasing community solar energy systems, the Biden-Sanders Unity Task Force will focus on making rooftop solar panel to require fewer regulations for faster installations, create a transmission plan that will generate more renewable energy, improve the current tax credit system for renewable energy programs, ensure that all solar and wind projects meet specific labor standards, and recommit to the Paris Climate Agreement that the current administration pulled out of.
The task force is running as a clear contrast to the policies of current president Donald Trump. Whereas Trump favors fossil fuels, the Biden-Sanders Unity Task Force hopes to push solar and wind energy to reduce the carbon footprint of the United States. Biden and Sanders hope to move away from the nation’s favoritism for fossil fuels like coal and provide communities with perks that come with using renewables. The two politicians created the task force in response to the devastating environmental tragedies, including the breaking of the Edenville and Sanford dams in Michigan.
Many of the task force’s plans will directly benefit the public. For instance, additional community solar energy production will allow more residents throughout the nation to partake in programs. Typically, community solar programs result in a credit on utility bills that offset part of the cost of monthly energy use.