Week In Review: March 22, 2019

Climate on the Campaign Trail

Climate change continues to be a top priority for candidates. Here’s what they were doing and saying this week on the campaign trail.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) officially joined the race, ending her exploratory committee. In her announcement video, she calls out climate science deniers who “cloud truth” and expresses support for passing a Green New Deal. At a town hall on MSNBC in Michigan, Senator Gillibrand detailed how innovation in the auto industry can create jobs and reduce the pollution that fuels climate change.

Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) hosted a round table in California focused on climate change, noting that as president, she would have the U.S. rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement and re-establish the Clean Power Plan and Clean Car Standards. Senator Klobuchar added, “If we do nothing, we have major economic problems.”

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) participated in a CNN town hall in Mississippi, where she said “I believe in science. Climate change is real, it is man-made, and we are running out of time.” Senator Warren went on to discuss her support for a Green New Deal and sustainable infrastructure, and she continued to bring up climate change at other campaigns stops in Mississippi and Alabama.

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) stressed the need for climate action at a campaign event in Nevada, congratulating Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak for joining the U.S. Climate Alliance. He also pushed back on EPA Administrator Wheeler’s claim that climate change is not an urgent threat.

Former Representative Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) campaigned on tackling the climate crisis at stops in Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New Hampshire. At one event Pennsylvania, his commitment to climate action earned the “the biggest cheers.”

Governor Jay Inslee (D-WA) called out President Trump’s lack of action on climate change, saying, “We have bold leadership in many, many places. It would be helpful if we had it from the administration.” Governor Inslee has made climate change his number one priority in his campaign and many voters on the trail agree.

Climate change came up a few times during former Governor John Hickenlooper (D-CO)’s town hall on CNN in Georgia, including when he spoke about working with environmental groups and the oil and gas industry on methane standards. Colorado Public Radio noted that Hickenlooper shared “concern that climate change will disproportionately affect people of color as well as those from low-income communities.

Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) tweeted in support of the Youth Climate Strike last Friday.

Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) mentioned the need for climate action at a stop in California and tweeted that we should prioritize clean energy, among other things.

Former Representative John Delaney (D-MD) has been speaking and writing about his plans to tackle climate change, including a carbon tax-dividend and additional actions to “achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.” Check out his recent op-eds in The Hill and The Portsmouth Herald.

In Texas, Former HUD Secretary Julián Castro (D-TX) continued to campaign on his commitment to re-joining the Paris Climate Agreement on day one as president.  

On Fox News Sunday, Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-IN) made the case for aggressive and immediate action on climate change and highlighted the opportunities to create jobs in a green economy.   

Senator Cory Booker (D- NJ) appeared on Pod Save America, where he talked about how climate change threatens our national security and it can motivate young people to vote. On Twitter, he also called for addressing climate change and fixing our infrastructure in response to historic flooding in the Midwest.

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