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May 23, 2016

Bernie Sanders Gives One-Child Policy Advocate Bill McKibben A Prime Spot On Influential Democratic Party Platform Committee

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In an effort to be “inclusive,” the Democratic National Committee (DNC) gave democratic socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) a “highly unusual” influence over the Democrat Party’s platform-writing committee this year. Sanders responded by naming environmentalist Bill McKibben, among others, on Monday.

Core News readers are familiar with McKibben’s history, whether it’s his unrealistic demands to keep all fossil fuels “in the ground,” his call for a $1-per-gallon gas tax as a proper response to the 9/11 attacks, or his support for a one-child policy.

The DNC’s deferral to Sanders, though, may give McKibben more influence over an American political party than he’s ever had before. The New York Times explains the importance of the platform committee:

Aides to Mr. Sanders have been pressing party officials for a significant role in drafting the platform for the Democratic convention in July, aiming to lock in strong planks on issues like a $15-an-hour federal minimum wage, breaking up Wall Street banks and banning natural gas “fracking.”

It’s unclear how McKibben will get along with pro-Clinton forces on the platform committee, though. McKibben and his organization have been critical of both Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation:

McKibben has endorsed Sanders, and even spoke on his behalf at the Vermont Democratic Party Convention on Sunday.