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Beto O'Rourke Holds Town Hall in Council Bluffs

Posted at 10:55 PM, May 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-04 23:55:33-04

Democratic presidential hopeful, Beto O'Rourke, stopped in Iowa to talk about his new climate plan and answer questions with voters.

O'Rourke, the former Texas congressman held a town hall in Council Bluffs as he took and answered questions about a variety of topics including more about his new $5 trillion dollar climate plan. That plan aims to zero out national net carbon emissions by 2050. The plan calls for increasing taxes on "corporations and the wealthiest among us" and "ending the tens of billions of dollars of tax breaks currently given to fossil fuel companies. It also offers federal grants to encourage innovative housing and transportation improvements.

"We are the only one of 21 contenders for the democratic nomination who've released a climate plan it is the most ambitious plan the countries every seen, a $5 trillion investment over the next 10 years to make sure we confront this challenge before it is too late," says O'Rourke.

Critics of the plan say the idea of eliminating oil and gas drilling on public lands is not realistic and will phase out too many jobs.