Last updated on: 9/26/2011 | Author: ProCon.org

Bernie Sanders Biography

Title:
US Senator (I-VT)
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"
Reasoning:

“The United States today spends some $400 billion a year importing oil from countries like Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, Mexico, Russia, and Venezuela. Think for a moment what an incredible impact that same $400 billion a year could have on our country if that money were invested here and not abroad, in such areas as weatherization, energy efficiency, sustainable energies like wind, solar, geothermal, biomass, public transportation and automobiles that are energy efficient or don’t use fossil fuels at all.

What we are talking about is an energy revolution that leads us toward energy independence, the cessation of support for foreign dictatorships and the ability to avoid Mideast wars fought over oil. What we are talking about is an energy revolution that will substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions and enable us to address the global warming crisis that threatens our planet with increases in floods, drought, extreme weather conditions, disease and wars fought over limited natural resources. What we are talking about is an energy revolution that will result in cleaner air, water and food and make us a healthier nation…

I see a future where, by 2025, we are producing a quarter or more of our electricity from clean, sustainable energy sources…

I see a future where instead of creating 330 jobs to build yet another fossil-fuel power plant, we create 4,000 jobs building a solar thermal plant that has no carbon dioxide emissions and does not pollute our air because the only fuel is endlessly renewed, no-cost sunlight…

Yes, we can dramatically cut greenhouse gas emission. Yes, we can create an energy independent nation. Yes, we can create millions of good paying green jobs in the process. Let’s do it!”

“We Need an Energy Revolution,” www.huffingtonpost.com, July 23, 2009

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • US Senator (I-VT), 2007-present
  • Member: Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and the Environment and Public Works Committee
  • US Representative (I-VT), 1991-2007
  • Former lecturer, John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University
  • Former lecturer, Hamilton College
  • Mayor, Burlington, VT, 1981-1989
  • Former Director, American People’s Historical Society
Education:
  • BA, political science, University of Chicago, 1964
Other:
  • Married to Jane O’Meara Sanders, president of Burlington College
  • Has four children: Levi, Heather, Carina, and David
  • Born in Brooklyn, NY
Quoted in:
  1. Will Increased Oil Drilling Help the US Solve Its Energy Crisis?
  2. Should the United States Authorize the Keystone XL Pipeline to Import Tar Sand Oil from Canada?