With just weeks until the first debate in the Democratic presidential primary, climate change continues to be a top issue. The Washington Post came out with a new 2020 climate tool “based on candidate statements, voting records and answers to a questionnaire.”
Here is a recap of new policy proposals and other ways candidates campaigned on climate change over the last two weeks:
Former Vice President Joe Biden (D-DE) released his Plan for a Clean Energy Revolution and Environmental Justice. The plan commits to ambitious goals, including net zero emissions and a 100% clean energy economy no later than 2050, prioritizing environmental justice for the communities hit first and worst by climate impacts and toxic pollution, and creating good-paying jobs. In addition, Biden pledged not to take contributions from the fossil fuel industry, building on his longtime commitment to a clean energy economy.
We can’t afford four more years of President Trump attacking the progress we’ve made on climate change. On day one as president, I’ll take the bold action necessary to tackle this crisis head on. https://t.co/PTXHzn1PXM
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) June 5, 2019
Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) announced her Green Manufacturing Plan, which focuses on developing clean energy technology, enlisting federal purchasing power, and employing diplomatic and economic tools to help other countries use American-made clean tech over fossil fuel projects.
My Green Manufacturing Plan is a win for our planet, our workers, and our economy. Here’s how it works. https://t.co/MDztSrW1Qa
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) June 4, 2019
Governor Jay Inslee (D-WA) rolled out a Global Climate Mobilization plan. Inslee’s third climate proposal so far focuses on restoring America’s leadership on climate, supporting impacted and displaced communities, setting strong trade standards, investing in clean energy and eliminating subsidies and funding for fossil fuel projects.
My team and I put a lot of thought into this plan — 27 key action items, from strengthening #ParisAgreement to making climate a part of every trade deal. I hope you’ll take a look. #OurMoment https://t.co/DLOnCTz7gb
— Jay Inslee (@JayInslee) June 5, 2019
More top climate moments on the campaign trail:
- Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) talked about his plan for climate action during a CNN town hall.
- Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) earned the support of a Nevada high school student after commiting to tackle climate change as president.
- Governor Steve Bullock (D-MT) called out Big Oil’s influence on elections and climate action.
- Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-IN) made the moral and national security case for climate action on a town hall with MSNBC.
- At the California Democratic Convention, former Secretary Julián Castro (D-TX) again committed to re-joining the Paris Climate Agreement.
- Former Congressman John Delaney (D-MD) and Former Governor John Hickenlooper (D-CO) both advocated for a more “moderate” approach at the convention.
- Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) marked World Environment Day on Twitter.
- Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) expressed support for New York’s climate plan.
- Senators Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) signed the pledge to not accept contributions from fossil fuel PACs, lobbyists, or executives.
- Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) spoke with Pod Save America about the urgent need for climate action.
- Both Congressman Seth Moulton (D-MA) and Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-CA) named climate change as one of the “three issues we have to deal with right now”
- Former Congressman Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) talked about the urgency of climate change on Meet The Press.
- Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH) argued that tackling climate change should be framed by the economic opportunities during a CNN town hall.
- In New Hampshire, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) called out Trump for denying climate science.
For more updates on how candidates are campaigning on climate change, check out www.changetheclimate2020.com.