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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

Cory Booker Compares Anti-Nuclear Democrats To Republican Climate Deniers

09/19/19  
The New Jersey senator says the “data speaks for itself.” Experts say he’s right, and “the math is unforgiving.” ...

Phase out nuclear power? Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders locked in absurd arms race

Photo by Paul Sancya   09/11/19  
Candidates who play the anti-nukes card while claiming to care about climate change can't be serious: Our view

CNN climate town hall finishes last in viewers among cable news broadcasts

09/07/19  
CNN's 7-hour town hall on climate change with 2020 White House contenders finished last among the three cable news networks in terms of average total viewers, according to early numbers from Nielsen Media Research. ...

Elizabeth Warren blamed 3 industries for 70% of greenhouse gases. That muddles the picture

By Jon Greenberg   09/06/19  
Warren said that three industries account for 70% of the carbon that goes into the air. That’s imprecise.

Bernie Sanders in climate change ‘population control’ uproar

Photo: Reuters   09/05/19  
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has been criticised after arguing population control should be part of tackling climate change.
Vox

6 winners and 3 losers from CNN’s climate town hall

By Umair Irfan  Photo: Getty Images   09/05/19  
CNN’s climate crisis town hall on Wednesday night was an unprecedented seven hours of discussion on climate change with 10 of the Democratic 2020 presidential contenders. It was also the most substantive discussion of climate…

Pete Buttigieg Calls Climate Change ‘a Kind of Sin’

By Maggie Astor  Photo: Christopher Lee for The New York Times   09/05/19  
Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Ind., framed his climate change approach at the CNN climate town hall Wednesday night as a moral imperative. “The real conversation we’ve got to have is about what’s…

5 Takeaways From the Democrats’ Climate Town Hall

By Lisa Friedman and Maggie Astor  Photo: Hilary Swift for The New York Times   09/05/19  
Over a marathon seven hours on Wednesday, 10 of the Democratic presidential candidates participated in back-to-back CNN town hall events on climate change, fielding questions from audience members and several of the network’s top anchors.

Climate Town Hall: Several Democratic Candidates Embrace a Carbon Tax

By Coral Davenport and Trip Gabriel  Photo: Maddie McGarvey for The New York Times   09/04/19  
At a CNN forum on climate change, the first such prime-time event in a presidential campaign, candidates vowed to take aggressive action to combat global warming.
VOX

We are getting two climate town halls after all. Here are 10 questions to ask candidates.

By David Roberts  Photo by Gustavo Cabellero   09/04/19  
Moderators should focus on what matters: power and policy.

Democrats to duke it out for top climate candidate title

By Rebecca Beitsch and Miranda Green   09/02/19  
Ten Democratic presidential contenders will make the case for their respective climate agendas Wednesday when they compete for the title of top environmental candidate.

How the Top Ten Democratic Candidates Plan to Deal With Climate Change

08/29/19  
It is critical that whoever becomes president in 2020 commits to tackling the climate crisis. Here are the climate plans of the top ten Democratic candidates. ...

Andrew Yang Reveals Almost $5 Trillion Plan to Address Climate Crisis

08/27/19  
Entrepreneur and 2020 hopeful Andrew Yang released a plan to address the climate crisis Monday, calling for investments in technology to get to net-zero emissions by...
Vox

Andrew Yang’s plan to tackle climate change, explained

By Dylan Matthews  Photo: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images   08/26/19  
Most plans to deal with climate change don’t feature the plank “Move our people to higher ground,” but most plans to deal with climate change don’t come from Andrew Yang, the entrepreneur and writer turned…

How Jay Inslee moved the ball on the climate issue – and why he fell short

08/25/19  
Climate policy experts are already musing over the next chapter in the presidential campaign after Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s exit from the Democratic field....

Jay Inslee on Quitting the Race, and That Onion Headline

By Lisa Friedman  Photo: Tom Brenner for The New York Times   08/23/19  
The Washington governor and self-described climate candidate told us what it was like to achieve national recognition — after leaving the presidential race.

DNC Committee Votes Down Climate Debate

08/23/19  
The Democratic National Committee (DNC) voted down a resolution calling for an official, party-sanctioned debate on the climate crisis, ABC News reported Thursday.NoneActivists have been...

Climate Candidate Jay Inslee Spars With Joe Biden: ‘Middle Ground’ Plans Won’t Save Us

08/01/19  
The Washington governor's climate plan has been called the “gold standard” for a Green New Deal. ...

Tim Ryan on Food and Agriculture

By Maggie Astor  Photo: The New York Times   07/30/19  
Representative Tim Ryan of Ohio has made agriculture and food policy a centerpiece of his presidential campaign.

In a historic first, two climate forums announced for 2020 Democratic candidates

By E.A. Crunden  Photo: Guy Smallman/Getty   07/26/19  
CNN and MSNBC have announced they will host climate forums this fall, following months of pressure from activists calling for Democrats to hold a dedicated presidential climate debate. The forums aren’t official debates as designated…

As Tom Steyer enters 2020 race, climate activists shrug: ‘I really don’t get it, man’

07/14/19  
The billionaire activist, who championed the fight against the Keystone XL pipeline, surprised many when he joined a crowded Democratic field this week....

Jay Inslee Demands Rule Changes At DNC After First Debate ‘Failed’ On Climate Change

06/27/19  
The Washington governor renewed his calls for a climate-only debate after the first televised event with candidates spent less than 10 minutes on the crisis.

Warren’s New $2 Trillion Green Manufacturing Plan Welcomed as ‘Win-Win’ for Climate and Workers

06/05/19  
By Jessica CorbettAs new polling showed Tuesday that public support for Sen. Elizabeth Warren's presidential campaign has continued to rise as she's introduced a series of ambitious policy proposals, the Democratic candidate unveiled a $2…

Poll: Climate change is top issue for registered Democrats

By Miranda Green   04/30/19  
The CNN poll found that 82 percent of registered voters who identified as Democrats or Democratic-leaning independents listed climate change as a "very important" top priority they’d like to see get the focus of a presidential candidate.

Congratulations, second presidential debate: You nearly discussed climate change!

By Eric Wemple  Photo by REUTERS/Rick Wilking   10/10/16  
We knew that Donald Trump’s now-famous boast that a guy like him could simply “grab” women by the “p—y” would occupy an early chunk of tonight’s second presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
VOX

Poll: voters want Democrats to focus on health care if they win in 2020

By Dylan Matthews  Photo by Sipa USA via AP   03/05/18  
Guns come in second, and climate change is far behind. Significant pluralities of American voters, and Democrats specifically, want the Democratic Party to prioritize health care if they retake the White House and Congress in…

How the Climate Plans of Presidential Hopefuls Stack Up

By Emily Holden  Photo by Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images   05/10/19  
Of the nearly two dozen Democrats running for president, only two campaigns have so far laid out deadlines for transforming American life to slash the pollution that is warming the planet’s climate.

Why Beto’s Climate Plan Is So Surprising

By Robinson Meyer  Photo: Marcio Jose Sanchez / AP   04/30/19  
Previously light on policy, his campaign has—for the moment—the most detailed plan on climate change in the Democratic primary.

Beto O’Rourke proposes $5-trillion climate plan for net-zero emissions by 2050

By Melanie Mason  Marcio Jose Sanchez / Associated Press   04/29/19  
Beto O’Rourke, who has described climate change as the top issue of his presidential campaign, released a proposal Monday that would spend trillions of dollars to wean the country off fossil fuels with a goal…

Which 2020 hopeful got the highest score from environmentalists last year? All of them.

By Dino Grandoni  Photo by Matt McClain/The Washington Post   02/27/19  
Each senator who has announced their candidacy for president received perfect scores in an annual voting scorecard kept by the League of Conservation Voters. The six declared 2020 candidatesin the Senate — Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Kirsten…

The Energy 202: Weather Channel to host its own climate forum for 2020 Democrats — and some Republicans

By Dino Grandoni  Photo: The Weather Channel/Screenshot   10/21/19  
First it was CNN. Then MSNBC. Now even the Weather Channel wants to ask presidential candidates about climate change.

Kamala Harris on Climate Change: Where the Candidate Stands

By David Hasemyer  Photo: Al Drago/Getty Images   09/13/19  
How do the 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls compare on their climate history and promises to solve the crisis? ICN is analyzing their records.

Candidate Profiles 2020

09/12/19  
A roundup of where all the candidates stand on climate change.

Climate Town Hall Brings Food and Agriculture to Center Stage

By Charlie Mitchell   09/05/19  
Over the course of seven hours last night, 10 of the leading Democratic presidential candidates spoke at length about climate change—and almost all of them included food and agriculture as a climate-change culprit, and solution.

Pete Buttigieg on Climate Change: Where the Candidate Stands

By Neela Banerjee  Photo: Sean Rayford/Getty Images   09/04/19  
How do the 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls compare on their climate history and promises to solve the crisis? ICN is analyzing their records.

Democrats Say Their Climate Plans Will Create Jobs. It’s Not So Simple.

By Lisa Friedman  Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images   09/04/19  
The Democratic presidential candidates are rolling out their plans to fight climate change, and one thing is clear: Averting catastrophe is only one selling point. So far, nearly every presidential candidate claims that cutting greenhouse…

Pete Buttigieg Releases Sweeping Climate Plan, Calls it “One of the Greatest Tests in Our History”

By Asher Stockler  Photo: Win McNamee/Getty   09/04/19  
Pete Buttigieg, the Democratic presidential candidate and South Bend, Indiana, mayor, released a sweeping plan to address climate change on Wednesday, calling it "one of the greatest tests in our history."

Cory’s Plan to Address the Threat of Climate Change

09/04/19  
Climate change is not some distant threat — it’s happening now: July 2019 was the hottest month on record for the planet, towns are seeing so-called “hundred-year” floods every few years, and millions around the world are…

U.S. presidential candidate Booker proposes $3 trillion climate change plan

By Joseph Ax  Photo: Brian Snyder/Reuters   09/03/19  
U.S. presidential hopeful Cory Booker unveiled a $3 trillion plan to address climate change on Tuesday, vowing to reach a 100% clean energy economy by 2045 by sharply curbing fossil fuels while investing heavily in…

Elizabeth Warren Unveils Climate Change Plan, Embracing Jay Inslee’s Goals

By Coral Davenport and Lisa Friedman  Photo: Elizabeth Frantz for The New York Times   09/03/19  
Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts released an ambitious new climate change plan on Tuesday, embracing goals laid out by a former presidential rival and calling for $3 trillion in spending over a decade to combat…

Elizabeth Warren on Climate Change: Where the Candidate Stands

By Phil McKenna  Photo: Sean Rayford/Getty Images   09/03/19  
How do the 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls compare on their climate history and promises to solve the crisis? ICN is analyzing their records.

Andrew Yang on Climate Change: Where the Candidate Stands

By Marianne Lavelle  Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images   09/02/19  
How do the 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls compare on their climate history and promises to solve the crisis? ICN is analyzing their records.

Amy Klobuchar on Climate Change: Where the Candidate Stands

By Dan Gearino  Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images   09/02/19  
How do the 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls compare on their climate history and promises to solve the crisis? ICN is analyzing their records.

Bernie Sanders on Climate Change: Where the Candidate Stands

By Mariane Lavelle  Photo: Frederic J. Brown/Getty Images   08/22/19  
How do the 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls compare on their climate history and promises to solve the crisis? ICN is analyzing their records.

Bernie Sanders announces a $16.3 trillion Green New Deal

By Dino Grandoni  Photo: AP Photo/Meg Kinnard   08/22/19  
Bernie Sanders released a comprehensive plan to address a “climate crisis” on par with the threat America faced during the Second World War, vowing to declare the global buildup of planet-warming gases a national emergency and to spend…

Jay Inslee on Climate Change: Where the Candidate Stands

By Marianne Lavelle  Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images   08/21/19  
How do the 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls compare on their climate history and promises to solve the crisis? ICN is analyzing their records.

Joe Biden on Climate Change: Where the Candidate Stands

By James Bruggers  Photo: Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images   08/21/19  
How do the 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls compare on their climate history and promises to solve the crisis? ICN is analyzing their records.

Beto O’Rourke on Climate Change: Where the Candidate Stands

By Georgina Gustin   08/21/19  
"Literally. Not to be melodramatic, but literally, the future of the world depends on us right now, here, where we are. Let's find a way to do this." —Beto O'Rourke, March 2019
CNN

10 Democratic presidential candidates will participate in CNN climate town hall

By Mark Preston   08/20/19  
CNN is devoting the evening of Sept. 4 to the climate crisis. Eight of the Democratic candidates initially accepted CNN's invitation to discuss this critically important issue: former Vice President Joe Biden; Sen. Cory Booker…

In Iowa, Candidates Are Talking About Farming’s Climate Change Connections Like No Previous Election

By Georgina Gustin  Photo: Alex Edelman/AFP/Getty Images   08/15/19  
About half the candidates have policy proposals or statements addressing climate change impacts on agriculture or farming's potential as a climate solution.