The New Republic and Earther broke the big news this week: the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates are invited to join a climate summit in New York City on September 23!
LCV is thrilled to join the New Republic and Earther to give the climate crisis the attention it deserves from the 2020 presidential field. Check out all of the details in Emily Atkin and Brian Kahn’s piece – and stay tuned for more details!
In other news from the campaign trail, climate change continued to be a major focus for the candidates.
Senator Elizabeth Warren released a plan to require companies to publicly disclose both environmental and financial climate-related risks to their business.
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Mayor Pete Buttigieg rolled out a comprehensive plan to address systemic racism, which includes a focus on environmental justice:
We will expand enforcement of environmental protections and invest in solutions to environmental threats, particularly focusing on communities of color and working families who face disproportionate health effects from pollution, tainted water, and inadequate infrastructure.
Former Vice President Joe Biden laid out his foreign policy vision for America, which included a call to “rally the world to address the existential climate crisis”:
The Biden administration will rejoin the Paris Climate Accord on day one and lead a major diplomatic push to raise the ambitions of countries’ climate targets.
Here are some additional climate highlights from the campaign trail this week:
- Former Congressman John Delaney discussed climate change and his carbon pricing plan in an extended Q&A with USA Today.
- Senator Kirsten Gillibrand told a New Hampshire audience that climate change is one of the biggest issues that Granite State voters have asked her about.
- During an interview on the Breakfast Club, Senator Kamala Harris said that the climate crisis is “one of the most urgent reasons why we need a new president.”
- In an op-end in the Des Moines Register, former Governor John Hickenlooper said that Iowans are feeling the impact of Trump’s failures on climate change.
- Governor Jay Inslee became the first presidential candidate to demand an immediate shutdown of the dangerous Line 5 oil pipeline in Michigan – and our friends at Michigan LCV are calling on all of the presidential candidates to do the same.
- While campaigning in Nevada, Congressman Seth Moulton said he would rejoin the Paris Agreement.
- Former Congressman Beto O’Rourke held a roundtable discussion on climate justice in New Orleans.
- Senator Bernie Sanders introduced legislation to declare climate change as a national emergency.
Climate change also continues to be a big issue in Iowa with state Senator Robb Hogg hosting a series “Climate Conversations” with the candidates. Thus far, Governor Inslee, author Marianne Williamson, and former Congressman Joe Sestak have participated in the forums, with Senator Michael Bennet, former Congressman Delaney, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, and Congressman Moulton scheduled to participate later this month.
Also, be sure to check out Shondaland’s new “20 for 2020” series – with a questionnaire crafted by Shonda Rhimes herself! – that includes a question for the candidates about how they would combat climate change. Thus far, the series includes responses from Senator Booker, Senator Gillibrand, Senator Harris, Governor Inslee, former Congressman O’Rourke, and Senator Warren.