Week in Review: March 29, 2019

Climate on the Campaign Trail

The campaign is heating up and climate action has never been more important. Here’s what the presidential candidates were doing and saying this week on the campaign trail.

In New Hampshire, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) spoke on climate change and the need to invest in infrastructure for “the kind of change that is coming in our direction.” Her remarks on climate change “drew one of her loudest ovations of the day” at one event. Senator Warren also unveiled a new plan to help family farms compete, which is connected to climate change.

At the end of last week, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) committed to run a carbon neutral campaign. Senator Sanders also called for climate action at rallies in San Francisco and Los Angeles.  

Former Representative Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) campaigned on addressing climate change during his first campaign trips to South Carolina and Nevada.

Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) shared “why it’s important to have “the voice of a Midwesterner” on climate change.” Senator Klobuchar also released a plan to invest in America’s infrastructure including clean energy and climate smart infrastructure that will help combat the climate crisis.

Governor Jay Inslee (D-WA) took his campaign’s Climate Mission Tour to Oregon where he met with workers in clean energy.  Governor Inslee also made a push to ensure climate change is part of the presidential debates and called out the subsidies given to fossil fuel companies.

Former Governor John Hickenlooper (D-CO) wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post outlining his concerns with the Green New Deal and calling for a new approach to tackle climate change.

Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) continued to focus on her speaking truth theme — including on climate change — at campaign rallies in Texas and Georgia.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) called for climate action in her first major speech as a candidate. Senator Gillibrand also spoke at press conference ahead of the Senate vote on the Green New Deal.

Former Representative John Delaney (D-MD) announced a plan to end subsidies for the fossil fuel industrying and increase investments in Negative Emissions Technology.  

Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-IN) explained why his campaign is not accepting any fossil fuel money in a new video.

Senator Cory Booker (D- NJ) called out Senator McConnell playing political games around the vote on the Green New Deal. Senator Booker also discussed the need for climate action during his CNN Town hall.

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