The federal government is using the Trump train to promote its “compromise” on climate change, as the president tries to sell a more-dramatic climate plan to Congress.
The White House has spent millions of dollars promoting the plan, which calls for the construction of a new rail line to carry coal to states that have been struggling to adapt to rising temperatures and a new federal program to promote clean energy and jobs.
The new proposal would build on the Trump-backed Clean Power Plan, which the administration has argued will help states meet their obligations to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
The president has proposed building a new $2 billion rail line, as well as a $1 billion plan to expand the existing 1,000-mile Long Island Rail Road.
But the Trump administration is trying to sell the plan as a compromise.
“The president is going to go ahead and call this a compromise,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters in an interview.
Sanders defended the plan by saying that Trump’s goal of ending the use of fossil fuels by 2030 would result in the building of a more efficient, cleaner transportation system.
She said the new plan would create jobs, and would help states “create a clean economy and promote jobs.”
The president is using a campaign ad touting the plan.
But Sanders said that it’s important to remember that the proposal is not the final word.
“He is going back to Congress to work on the compromise that we’ve got,” Sanders said.
“We are going to keep pushing on the fact that the president’s goals are achievable and that he’s committed to getting the climate forward.”
In a statement issued to the Associated Press, Trump’s transition team defended the president and said that the plan “is still the president-backed plan that the administration is pushing on Congress and the American people.”
The statement continued: “The plan also provides certainty to millions of Americans who are now facing the prospect of losing their homes and livelihoods as a result of the dangerous, extreme weather and the continued threat of climate change.”
The White, House, and Environmental Protection Agency have not released a detailed plan for the rail project, though the White House did say that it would cost about $6 billion.
The plan, however, includes an estimate of how much the project would cost over 10 years, and an outline of how the money would be spent.
The rail line would also be a boon to coastal communities in states that already had strong rail ties.
In New York City, which is one of the states most heavily reliant on coal, the project could create 5,000 construction jobs, according to the project.
The Trump administration also wants to expand rail links between the Pacific Northwest and the Great Lakes region.
Sanders said the federal government would continue to work with the states and localities to make sure that the rail line was built in a way that was economically feasible.