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2020 ELECTION

2020 ELECTION

2020 ELECTION

President Joe Biden’s and Vice President Kamala Harris’s victory marks a new day in the fight for bold, just and equitable climate policy in the United States. It means that the US will now have a leadership that believes in science, knows that climate change is real, and is committed to supporting united and multilateral action.

Biden made climate change a cornerstone of his platform early in his campaign for the presidency, pledging to spend $2tn on clean energy, re-join the Paris Agreement (which he accomplished on February 19, 2021) and achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. His plan was described as the most ambitious of any mainstream US presidential candidate. 

As a result of the 2020 election, Democrats now control the White House and the Congress, although in the Senate it will take Vice President Kamala Harris to break a tie vote, making legislation challenging. The president will, nonetheless, will have a wide array of tools — from expanding renewables on federal lands to pushing the financial industry on climate change — that could put the U.S. on a trajectory to decarbonizing its electricity sector by 2035.

For more on what he has already accomplished and what he plans to accomplish, go to Biden’s Climate Plan and to the LAWS AND LITIGATION section where you will find extensive information on what is happening within the federal government, from the Executive branch to the Legislative and Judicial branches.

CURRENT NEWS

KEY RESOURCES

These organizations are dedicated to bringing climate change into public policy, are watching how government does and doesn’t support measures supporting climate change, and are often with a particular emphasis on carbon taxes (or fees and dividends).

 

Democratic and Republican Views of Climate Change Interactive Maps

10/20/20
These maps show variations in the climate and clean energy views of Democrats (left map) and Republicans (right map) in the U.S. as a whole (national level) and for all 50 states and 435 congressional…

2020 Climate Change Voter’s Guide

10/08/20
Each 2020 candidate — whether for the Presidency, the Senate or the House, whether incumbent or challenger, gets a climate score from zero to 100 for the voter to take into the voting booth. Use…

How to Reverse Course on Trump’s Environmental Damage

08/22/20
The Interior Department has now blessed oil and gas drilling in the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge comes as no surprise. It was a foregone conclusion once Lisa Murkowski, in 2017, persuaded…

Restoring Science, Protecting the Public

07/03/20
The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated in stark life-and-death terms how essential it is for government decisionmakers to heed and prioritize science. The United States quickly surpassed other nations in COVID-19 infections, and has suffered catastrophic…

Iowa bill would give apartment-seekers more information on energy bills

02/13/20
Iowa lawmakers are considering a bill that would require owners of large rental buildings to disclose typical utility costs to apartment-seekers.

Beyond Extreme Energy

12/31/19
No new permits for fossil fuel infrastructure. Renewable energy NOW.

Where 2020 Democrats stand on Climate change

06/05/19
Here’s where 2020 candidates stand on issues related to climate change, based on candidate statements, voting records and answers to a questionnaire we sent every campaign.

Where’s Your 2020 Candidate on Climate?

06/05/19
Greenpeace asked the 2020 candidates how they’ll act on the climate crisis if they become president. Here’s what they said… or didn’t say. And, test your knowledge with a short candidate quiz. 

League of Conservation Voters

06/05/19
The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) works to turn environmental values into national, state and local priorities. LCV, in collaboration with our state LCV partners, advocates for sound environmental laws and policies, holds elected officials…

Environmental Voter Project

06/05/19
The Environmental Voter Project aims to significantly increase voter demand for progressive environmental policy by identifying inactive environmentalists and then turning them into consistent activists and voters.

MORE NEWS

The Trump-ettes Have Blown: What It Means for President Biden’s Climate Strategy

By Joel Stronberg   07/15/20  
Should Joe Biden win in November, he will be returning to reign over a federal government he may not recognize. A government that could be hard-pressed to put his climate policies and programs into operation.…

Biden, in new climate plan, embraces more aggressive steps

By Matt Viser and Dino Grandoni  Photo: Kevin Lamarque, Reuters   07/14/20  
Joe Biden unveiled a proposal Tuesday to transform the nation’s energy industry, pledging to eliminate carbon pollution from power plants by 2035 and spend $2 trillion to turbocharge the clean energy economy.

Biden Announces $2 Trillion Climate Plan

By Katie Glueck and Lisa Friedman   07/14/20  
Joe Biden’s plan connects tackling climate change with the economic recovery from the coronavirus crisis, while also addressing racism. The proposal drew praise from his onetime critics.

Joe Biden unveils aggressive $2tn climate and jobs plan

By Emily Holden  Photo: Patrick Semansky/AP   07/14/20  
Proposal outlines $2tn for clean energy infrastructure and climate solutions, to be spent as quickly as possible in next four years

Campaign 2020: Biden has a new climate road map. Here’s what’s missing

By Adam Aton  Photo: EPA/Flickr   07/10/20  
Climate investment goals, green job targets and key decarbonization deadlines were missing from an environmental platform published yesterday by a joint team of Joe Biden backers and Sen. Bernie Sanders supporters.

2020 Is Our Last, Best Chance to Save the Planet

By Justin Worland   07/09/20  
From our vantage point today, 2020 looks like the year when an unknown virus spun out of control, killed hundreds of thousands and altered the way we live day to day.

Joe Biden wins backing of major environmental group

By Dino Grandoni  Photo by Matt Slocum   06/24/20  
The political arm of the Natural Resources Defense Council, a major national environmental group, announced Wednesday that it is endorsing former vice president Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential race.

Latino Voters Are Going To Be Key In 2020—And They Care Deeply About The Climate

By Jeremy Deaton   06/23/20  
Compared to other groups, Latino voters are more worried about the crisis, more willing to take action, and more likely to say they will vote for a candidate because of their stance on climate change.

Science, the pandemic, and how the coming election is a crossroads for climate change

By Joel Stronberg  Photo: David Clode on Unsplash   06/12/20  
The COVID-19 contagion shows once again the disdain President Trump and his administration have for science-based policies and actions. Over these past months Trump has suggested that the coronavirus would just go away with the…
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Joe Biden has a chance to make history on climate change

By David Roberts  Photo: Zac Freeland   06/08/20  
Two seemingly contradictory developments have unfolded on the left over the past few years. On the one hand, the broad left-of-center coalition, from climate activists to environmental justice advocates to unions to party leaders in…

The Energy 202: Former operatives for Jay Inslee press Congress and Joe Biden to adopt pieces of his climate change plan

By Dino Grandoni  Photo by Jason Redmond   05/14/20  
A group of former climate policy staffers for Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D), who during the 2020 presidential race billed himself as the only contender to make climate change his top issue, is trying to…

AOC takes reins of Biden/Bernie Democratic ‘unity panel’ on climate change

By Chris Sommerfeldt and Dave Goldiner  Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images   05/13/20  
After months of slamming the soon-to-be Democratic nominee, New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez agreed Wednesday to lead the Biden campaign’s climate policy committee in a bid to forge unity between the moderate and progressive factions…

Fight Over Virus’s Death Toll Opens Grim New Front in Election Battle

By Matthew Rosenberg and Jim Rutenberg   05/09/20  
The claim was tailor-made for President Trump’s most steadfast backers: Federal guidelines are coaching doctors to mark Covid-19 as the cause of death even when it is not, inflating the pandemic’s death toll.

Joe Biden still has to fight for the climate vote

By Justine Calma  Photo: Win McNamee / Getty Images   04/15/20  
After endorsements from Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and President Barack Obama, Joe Biden is now presumptive Democratic nominee — and the main alternative to a president who questions the science of climate…

Former Jay Inslee 2020 Staffers Form New Group To Promote Climate Plan To Democrats

By Alexander C. Kaufman   04/15/20  
The new initiative, called Evergreen, aims to push the Washington governor’s widely hailed campaign platform on Joe Biden and congressional leaders. ...

Trump campaign looks to small victories on trade to win the farmer vote

By Ximena Bustillo  Photo by Robert F. Bukaty   04/10/20  
Trump has reminded voters at campaign rallies, in tweets and through television ads that trade has been a centerpiece of his administration. While many of the trade wins Trump has touted aren’t new, former administration…

The US election is even more crucial with UN climate talks delayed to 2021

By Thom Woodroofe and Brendan Guy   04/09/20  
A Democratic president could be a game changer for the international fight against climate change, beyond rejoining the Paris Agreement The post The US election is even more crucial with UN climate talks delayed to…

Climate Voters Still Want More From Biden

By Lisa Friedman  Photo: Ruth Fremson/The New York Times   03/19/20  
Joseph R. Biden Jr. keeps winning, and winning voters who say they care about climate change. But some of the most ardent climate activists still are not with him.

Joe Biden nabs endorsement from National Wildlife Federation’s political arm in first for the group

By Dino Grandoni  Photo By Brendan   03/12/20  
Joe Biden just notched his first endorsement from an environmental group, in a sign he is consolidating support from the Democratic base in the 2020 presidential race.

Biden and Sanders and climate change

By Lisa Friedman  Photo by Damon Winte   03/09/20  
Super Tuesday has narrowed the Democratic presidential contest to a two-man race between Senator Bernie Sanders and former Vice President Joe Biden. Here are the key differences between those candidates’ plans to tackle global warming.

Biden vs. Sanders: Who Has the Better Plan to Fix Climate Change?

By Sophie Capshaw-Mack   03/05/20  
Both democratic frontrunners have pledged to take action on climate change, but their plans differ widely. ...

‘The Most Important Person on the Planet’

By David Leonhardt  Photo by Alex Edelman   03/05/20  
Bullock, the two-term governor of Montana, is the only Democrat with a decent chance of winning the U. S. Senate election there this year.

The Energy 202: Climate activists ready to fight for Sanders after Biden’s Super Tuesday surge

By Dino Grandoni  Photo by Melina Mara   03/05/20  
Environmental groups are preparing to double down on their criticism of Joe Biden after the former vice president notched victories across the country on Super Tuesday.

Comparing Biden and Bernie’s Climate Policies

By Peter Sinclair   03/05/20  
The Super Tuesday primaries all but narrowed the Democratic presidential field to a two-person race, inflaming a heated battle between the party’s moderate and progressive wings.

Stop wall street from financing the climate crisis

By Elizabeth Warren   03/01/20  
I’ve spent most of my career getting to the bottom of what’s happening to working families in America. And when I saw the seeds of the 2008 financial crisis growing, I rang the alarm as…

Will the Green New Deal Become the Green New Democratic Party?

By Joel B. Stronberg   02/26/20  
History will recall that 2020 was the year climate issues finally mattered enough to voters to guide their hands when it came time to mark their ballots. Will history also record that the 2020 election…

In state after state, climate change emerges as a key issue for Democratic voters

By Brady Dennis  Photo by Sean Rayford   02/25/20  
More than a half-century ago, Millicent E. Brown was among the first black students to integrate South Carolina's schools. The Charleston native has spent a lifetime as a teacher and activist, fighting for social and…

Voters Really Care About Climate Change

By Robinson Meyer  Photo by Mario Tama   02/21/20  
It’s not a fluke, an error, or an outlier. In poll after poll, the results are clear: Climate change is one of the most important issues in the 2020 presidential election.

For Many Nevada Latino Voters, Action on Climate Change is Key

By Marianne Lavelle  Photo by Alexander Tamargo   02/19/20  
The state’s caucuses may be a bellwether for the 2020 election, the first time Hispanics will be the largest minority group going to the polls.

Why the Nevada caucuses will be America’s first climate primary

By Alexandra Kelley  Photo by Getty Images   02/14/20  
A new survey conducted by the League of Conservation Voters and the Nevada Conservation League shows Democratic caucusgoers prioritizing climate change as a major issue for 2020.

The next president can force the financial sector to take climate change seriously

02/07/20  
Obama, Dodd, and Frank. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images With the help of Dodd-Frank, the president won’t need Congress. A growing chorus of voices is warning that the financial system — big banks, insurers, and other…

Sunrise Movement helps deliver Sanders win in Iowa

02/07/20  
Today, after a four-day delay in the release of caucus results, Bernie Sanders is declaring victory in the Iowa Caucus after the Iowa Democratic party’s results show him winning a majority of votes on the…

Will the Green New Deal Become the Green New Democratic Party?

By Joel B. Stronberg  Photo by JefParker   02/03/20  
It’s much too early to predict the outcome of the November balloting—but is it too late to be worrying about the Democrats blowing themselves up before they have a chance of blowing the election?

Which of these 2020 Democrats agrees with you most?

By Brittany Renee Mayes, Kevin Schaul and Kevin Uhrmacher   01/26/20  
It’s finally 2020, and voters will soon begin choosing their preferred candidate for president. The Post has asked each Democratic candidate where they stand on more than 85 policy questions.

Warren calls on big U.S. banks for steps on climate risk

By Ann Saphir and Lindsay Dunsmuir  Photo: Brian Snyder/REUTERS   01/22/20  
SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, a contender for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination, is asking the biggest U.S. banks for details on their assessments of and preparations for risks related to global…

Bloomberg says he’ll cut carbon pollution 50 percent by 2030

01/15/20  
Presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is pledging to slash carbon pollution by 50 percent in the U.S. economy by 2030, according to a climate plan unveiled Wednesday. ...

Big Data, Big Oil: Unveiling the ‘Dark Forces’ Behind Trump’s 2020 Reelection Campaign With Josh Fox

01/14/20  
By Reynard LokiJosh Fox, the Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated filmmaker behind Gasland, the documentary that started the global anti-fracking movement, is bringing a new message to audiences...

Where Is the Green New Deal Headed in 2020?

By Marianne Lavelle   01/02/20  
Details are emerging for what this ‘moon shot’ federal program merging climate, jobs and economic security might look like. It’s a powerful force already.

For evangelicals, climate change causes a split between young and old that could hurt Republicans

By Laura Krantz  Photo: Steve Pope for the Boston Globe   12/28/19  
Cornfields flank the highway that forms the main road here and grain elevators tower overhead, constant reminders of how farming permeates this rural community in the state’s northwest corner.

More US voters than ever care about climate – but will they go to the polls?

By Emily Holden   12/26/19  
New poll shows climate and environment the top priority for 14% of voters, raising prospect of large turnout for green issues

Sixth Democratic Debate Yields Most Substantive Climate Discourse Yet

12/20/19  
The climate crisis had its strongest showing to date in the sixth Democratic primary debate hosted by Politico and PBS in Los Angeles Thursday. For the...

Elizabeth Warren Zeroes In On Climate Change Ahead Of Next Debate

12/19/19  
The Massachusetts senator picked up an endorsement from a key figure in the Green New Deal movement just before the debate in Los Angeles. ...

White House hopefuls launch climate ad blitz during U.N. talks in Madrid

By Dino Grandoni   12/12/19  
Several White House hopefuls unveiled ads this week trashing President Trump for refusing to crack down on polluters and work with other world leaders to slow global warming.

Warren’s Blue New Deal Aims to Protect and Restore Oceans

12/11/19  
By Julia ConleySen. Elizabeth Warren expanded her vision for combating the climate crisis on Tuesday with the release of her Blue New Deal — a new...

Naomi Klein and Youth Environmental Leaders to Join Bernie Sanders and AOC for Climate Crisis Summit in Iowa

11/05/19  
By Jake JohnsonAuthor and environmentalist Naomi Klein, U.S. Youth Climate Strike co-founder Isra Hirsi, and Sunrise Movement leader Zina Precht-Rodriguez are among those slated to join...

Not a hoax or an emergency: What swing voters think of climate change

By Amy Harder  Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios   10/21/19  
As climate change threatens to make power outages more frequent, California businesses are turning to solar-powered systems to protect their operations when the lights go out.

Tom Steyer thinks his ranch can save the planet

10/14/19  
The long-shot presidential candidate wants to prove you can farm without destroying the environment. But like his campaign, it’s an expensive undertaking that’s had mixed results....

Elizabeth Warren’s Climate Risk Disclosure Act Tries to Do What the SEC Didn’t

09/24/19  
By Rebecca HeilweilThe Green New Deal has been the focal point of the climate debate among the Democratic presidential candidates. Less publicized is the Climate Risk...

GOP challenger Bill Weld: Trump committed treason

By Paul LeBlanc   09/23/19  
Former Massachusetts governor and longshot candidate for the GOP nomination for president Bill Weld on Monday accused President Donald Trump of "treason" for pressing Ukraine's President to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and stated…