2020 Presidential Candidates Voter’s Guide

Candidate NamePolitical OfficePartyPositionPosition Score Endorses the Green New DealDetails100% Renewable Energy by 2030DetailsFossil Fuels in the GroundDetailsCarbon Dioxide RemovalDetailsClimate Plan ScoreLeadershipLeadership ScoreCarbon FeeCarbon Fee ScoreClimate CalculationSources
Sanders, BernieU.S. SenatorDOn Senator Sander's presidential campaign website, he states, "Climate change is a global emergency...People across the country and the world are already experiencing the deadly consequences of our climate crisis, as extreme weather events like heatwaves, wildfires, droughts, floods, and hurricanes upend entire communities, ecosystems, economies, and ways of life, as well as endanger millions of lives." Senator Bernie Sanders understands the importance of climate change action as a top priority issue.100YesSenator Sanders is a co-sponsor of the Green New Deal.YesSenator Sanders is committed to 100% renewable energy by 2030. In his climate plan entitled the, 'Green New Deal,' calls for, "Reaching 100 percent renewable energy for electricity and transportation by no later than 2030 and complete decarbonization by 2050 at latest."YesSenator Sanders supports ending fossil fuel subsidies. In his, 'Green New Deal,' he states he would make, "the fossil fuel industry pay for their pollution, through litigation, fees, and taxes, and eliminating federal fossil fuel subsidies." He also supports ending fossil fuel extraction on public lands.” In his plan, he states, "We will immediately end all new and existing fossil fuel extraction on federal public lands." Senator Sanders signed the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge.YesSenator Sanders supports one or more of our carbon dioxide removal methods. His plan, 'Green New Deal,' calls for natural carbon sequestration technology such as improving soil health. He states that agriculture has the potential to, "sequester 37 gigatons of carbon annually worldwide."100In a tweet, dated August 23rd, 2019, the Senator stated, "Let me be blunt: If we stick to a "middle ground" approach or half measures when it comes to the climate crisis, our children and grandchildren will not have a livable planet." In a 2018 Climate Change Town Hall, which he hosted, the Senator stated, "We are dealing with what the scientific community tells us is the great crisis facing our planet and facing humanity and that is climate change." Senator Sanders demonstrates leadership, by advocating for action on climate change as a top priority issue.100The Senator calls for, "Making the fossil fuel industry pay for their pollution," through fees and taxes in his, 'Green New Deal,' but we could not find evidence of public advocacy for a fee on carbon since 2014. Senator Sanders supports a U.S. fee on carbon but does not advocate for one.7593.75https://berniesanders.com/issues/the-green-new-deal/ http://nofossilfuelmoney.org/presidential-signers/ https://twitter.com/BernieSanders/status/1164988223044640769 https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=291&v=-wCcQE0eLbM https://www.merkley.senate.gov/news/press-releases/merkley-sanders-markey-booker-introduce-landmark-legislation-to-transition-united-states-to-100-clean-and-renewable-energy https://www.sanders.senate.gov/newsroom/must-read/why-we-need-a-carbon-tax
Biden, JoeFormer Vice PresidentDVice President Joe Biden understands the importance of climate change action as a top priority issue. According to his campaign website, he states, "From coastal towns to rural farms to urban centers, climate change poses an existential threat – not just to our environment, but to our health, our communities, our national security, and our economic well-being."100YesIn his climate plan, it states, "Biden believes the Green New Deal is a crucial framework for meeting the climate challenges we face." NoVice President Biden is not committed to 100% renewable energy. In his climate plan, he calls for a 100% clean energy economy and net-zero emissions by no later than 2050. NoVice President Biden supports ending fossil fuel subsidies. At a recent debate, Biden said when talking about coal and fracking, "We would make sure it’s eliminated and no more subsidies for either one of those, either -- any fossil fuel.” The presidential candidate also supports ending fossil fuel extraction on public lands. In his climate plan, he states his administration would protect, "America’s natural treasures by... establishing national parks and monuments that reflect America’s natural heritage, banning new oil and gas permitting on public lands and waters..." Vice President Biden signed the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge but subsequently violated it by attending a fundraising event co-hosted by Western LNG’s co-founder Andrew Goldman. YesVice President Biden supports one or more of our carbon dioxide removal methods. His climate plan would leverage, "agriculture to remove carbon dioxide from the air and store it in the ground." He expands on this by stating that he will, "review regulatory roadblocks to new innovations and invest in climate-friendly farming such as conservation programs for cover crops and other practices aimed at restoring the soil and building soil carbon..."50Vice President Biden supports action on climate change but is not a strong advocate for it. In a July 27th tweet, the presidential candidate stated, "Climate change is an existential threat to our planet. As President, not only will I recommit us to the Paris Agreement—I’ll lead an effort for every major emitting country to ramp up the ambition of their domestic climate targets."50Vice President Biden supports a U.S. fee on carbon but does not advocate for it. In his, "Plan for a Clean Energy Revolution and Environmental Justice," he states that to reach, "net-zero," carbon emissions by 2050, that he would implement an enforcement mechanism by 2025, "Based on the principles that polluters must bear the full cost of the carbon pollution they are emitting and that our economy must achieve ambitious reductions in emissions economy-wide instead of having just a few sectors carry the burden of change." 7568.75https://joebiden.com/climate/ http://nofossilfuelmoney.org/presidential-signers/ https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2019/09/06/biden-attends-fundraiser-andrew-goldman-western-lng-co-founder/2230264001/ https://twitter.com/joebiden/status/1155128457786843136?lang=en https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-08-07/big-oil-targeted-by-2020-democrats-eager-to-demonize-industry
Warren, ElizabethU.S. SenatorDIn Senator Warren's, "Accelerating the Transition to Clean Energy," plan it states, "Climate change is an existential threat. It’s real, it’s man-made, and we’re running out of time to address it. Our government needs to take bold action and use all the tools available to combat climate change before it’s too late." Senator Elizabeth Warren understands the importance of climate change action as a top priority issue.100YesIn a Greenpeace survey, Senator Warren states, “I am an original cosponsor of the Green New Deal resolution, which commits the United States to meet 100 percent of our power demand through clean, renewable, and zero-emission energy sources in ten years.”YesSenator Warren has committed to 100% renewable energy by 2030. In her, '100% Clean Energy for America,' plan, she states, "Today, I’m embracing that goal by committing to adopt and build on Governor Inslee’s ten-year action plan to achieve 100% clean energy for America by decarbonizing our electricity, our vehicles, and our buildings."YesSenator Warren supports ending fossil fuel subsidies. The Senator told the Washington Post that she opposes fossil fuel subsidies. Senator Warren also supports ending fossil fuel extraction on public lands. In her plan for public lands, she states that she would implement a, "total moratorium on all new fossil fuel leases, including for drilling offshore and on public lands." Senator Warren signed the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge.YesSenator Warren supports one or more of our carbon dioxide removal methods In her, 'A New Farm Economy,' plan, she states that, "I will dedicate resources from the $400 billion R&D commitment in my Green Manufacturing Plan towards innovations for decarbonizing the agriculture sector, including a farmer-led Innovation Fund that farmers can apply to use towards pioneering new methods of sustainable farming, like agroforestry."100On September 3, 2019, she adopted former Washington Governor and Presidential candidate Jay Inslee's climate plan. Inslee was in the Presidential race to advocate priority action on climate change. He dropped out of the race, but Warren adopted his legacy and encouraged other Presidential candidates to join her. In a article in The Hill she said, "Today, I’m embracing that goal by committing to adopt and build on Governor Inslee’s ten-year action plan to achieve 100% clean energy for America by decarbonizing our electricity, our vehicles, and our buildings," Warren said in a Medium post, Tuesday night. "And I’m challenging every other candidate for President to do the same." Senator Warren demonstrates leadership by advocating action on climate change as a top priority issue.100According to a 2018 E&E News article, when asked about a carbon tax, the Senator stated, "It's clear to me we need to make polluters pay for the damage they do." In CNN 's, 'Climate Crisis Town Hall,' when asked about a carbon tax she replied, "Those that are throwing carbon into the air are those who need to pay. She had to be prodded again about whether she supports a carbon tax." Senator Warren supports a U.S. fee on carbon but does not advocate for it. 7593.75https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/459822-warren-adopts-inslees-climate-plan-as-part-of-2020-platform https://medium.com/@teamwarren/a-new-farm-economy-8db50fac0551 https://medium.com/@teamwarren/100-clean-energy-for-america-de75ee39887d https://medium.com/@teamwarren/accelerating-the-transition-to-clean-energy-46af492d8c57 https://medium.com/@teamwarren/my-plan-for-public-lands-e4be1d88a01c http://nofossilfuelmoney.org/presidential-signers/ https://medium.com/@teamwarren/our-military-can-help-lead-the-fight-in-combating-climate-change-2955003555a3 https://medium.com/@teamwarren/trade-on-our-terms-ad861879feca https://medium.com/@teamwarren/my-green-manufacturing-plan-for-america-fc0ad53ab614 https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-P3-AGBDxvRRfNclQejcRmvSk2E6z82xQZAwIQX-rPc/edit https://www.eenews.net/stories/1060108745/print
Yang, AndrewN/ADOn Andrew Yang's, "Combat Climate Change," page, it states, "Climate change is an existential threat to humanity and our way of life. It should be a top priority of the federal government to implement policies to control anthropogenic climate change while working with other governments to implement these policies throughout the world." Andrew Yang understands the importance of climate change action as a top priority issue.100YesWhen asked by the Washington Post if he supported the Green New Deal, Andrew Yang stated, "I love the vision. I applaud the vision and the ambition. We need to head in that direction.” NoAndrew Yang is not committed to 100% renewable energy by 2030. Although, In his climate plan, Andrew Yang calls for 100% of electricity to be zero-emission by 2035, which could include fossil fuels. YesAndrew Yang supports ending fossil fuel subsidies." In his climate plan, he states he would, "End all fossil fuel subsidies and use that money for retraining programs and subsidies for low-income individuals to transition to sustainable energy sources." Andrew Yang also supports ending fossil fuel extraction on public lands. He plans to, "Stop all new leases for oil and gas companies on public lands, and end any currently existing lease." Andrew Yang signed the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge. YesAndrew Yang supports one or more of our carbon dioxide removal methods. In his climate plan, he states, "We should also invest in research into direct air capture (DAC), scrubbing CO2 from the ambient air. This process is less efficient, so we need to ensure that we can scale it up – there’s a lot of interesting research being done into this area with materials that can passively absorb CO2, as well as more active methods that are becoming more efficient."75In an August 28th tweet, Andrew Yang stated, "I would love a climate change debate. We need to move America and the world forward as quickly as possible. Andrew Yang supports action on climate change but is not a strong advocate for it.50As part of his climate policy, Andrew Yang proposes a carbon fee and dividend system that, "Sets an initial carbon tax of $40/ton, which would increase in regular intervals." As part of his plan, 50% of revenue would go toward Universal Basic Income and 50% would go toward, "Projects that are enhancing efficiency of fossil fuels or increasing availability of renewable resources." Andrew Yang publicly supports and advocates for a U.S. fee on carbon.10081.25https://www.yang2020.com/policies/climate-change/ https://www.yang2020.com/blog/climate-change/ http://nofossilfuelmoney.org/presidential-signers/ https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/politics/policy-2020/climate-change/green-new-deal/ https://twitter.com/AndrewYang/status/1166752506715758593 https://www.yang2020.com/policies/carbon-fee-dividend/
Booker, CoryU.S. SenatorDSenator Cory Booker understands the importance of climate change action as a top priority issue Our planet is in crisis. On the Senator's, "Climate Change and Environmental Justice," page, he states, "Climate change is not some distant threat — we’re witnessing many of its effects today. And the immediate burden of much of the pollution causing climate change is disproportionately borne by low-income communities and communities of color."100YesEndorses the Green New Deal: Senator Booker is a co-sponsor of the Green New Deal.NoSenator Booker is not committed to 100% renewable energy by 2030. In his climate plan, he calls to directly invest over $3 trillion dollars by 2030 to fund the transition to a 100% carbon-neutral economy–which could include fossil fuels– by no later than 2045. YesSenator Booker supports ending fossil fuel subsidies. In his, 'Climate Change and Environmental Justice,' plan, he states that he would, "End all federal subsidies for fossil fuel production." Senator Booker also supports ending fossil fuel extraction on public lands. His plan states that he would, "Put a moratorium on drilling on our public lands." Senator Booker signed the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge.YesSenator Booker supports one or more of our carbon dioxide removal methods. On August 8th Senator Booker introduced the Climate Stewardship Act of 2019, which is focused on investing in farm conservation programs, which would sequester carbon from the atmosphere, as well as wetland reconstruction and reforestation projects. 75Senator Booker demonstrates leadership by advocating action on climate change as a top priority issue. During the July 31st Democratic Debate, hosted by CNN, the Senator stated, "Climate change is not a separate issue. It must be the issue and the lens with which we view every issue." While campaigning in Iowa, the presidential candidate was asked a question regarding the practicality of the Green New Deal, in which he answered, "When the planet has been in peril in the past, who came forward to save Earth from the scourge of Nazism and totalitarian regimes? We came forward! Who came forward to save the planet, or continents, from financial ruin? We came forward with the Marshall Plan. Our history is standing up and saying, look, humanity is in crisis, America is going to be the light and the hope."100Senator Booker publicly supports and advocates for a U.S. fee on carbon. In an interview with the New York Times, when asked if he supported a carbon fee, he stated that, "A federal price on carbon should be one part of a comprehensive response by the federal government to the threat of climate change. The proceeds should be paid out as a dividend in a progressive way that ensures that our climate policies are also reducing inequality and not burdening everyday families.”10093.75https://corybooker.com/issues/climate-change-environmental-justice/ https://corybooker.com/issues/climate-change-environmental-justice/corys-plan-to-address-the-threat-of-climate-change/ http://nofossilfuelmoney.org/presidential-signers/ https://www.booker.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=973 https://twitter.com/CoryBooker/status/1164554913109688320 https://www.markey.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/Green%20New%20Deal%20Resolution%20SIGNED.pdf https://www.congress.gov/116/bills/hres109/BILLS-116hres109ih.pdf https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2019/02/08/cory_booker_green_new_deal_is_like_defeating_the_nazis_or_going_to_the_moon.html https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/18/us/politics/climate-change-2020-democratic-candidates.html
Buttigieg, Pete Mayor of South Bend, IndianaDOn the Mayor's, "A New Rising Tide," page, he states, "We face a climate emergency that threatens communities across America. How we manage the changes coming our way will define not just the next four years, but the next century." Mayor Pete Buttigieg understands the importance of climate change action as a top priority issue.100YesMayor Buttigieg told the Washington Post that he supports the Green New Deal. NoMayor Buttigieg is not committed to100% renewable energy by 2030. In his, 'Mobilizing America: Rising to the Climate Challenge,' plan he states he would, "build a clean electricity system with zero emissions and require zero emissions for all new passenger vehicles," by 2035. YesMayor Buttigieg supports ending fossil fuel subsidies and ending fossil fuel extraction on public lands. In his, 'Rising to the Climate Challenge,' plan, he states that, "In addition to bolstering clean technologies, we will end subsidies for fossil fuel companies and close public lands to new fossil leases." Mayor Buttigieg signed the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge. Yes Mayor Buttigieg supports one or more of our carbon dioxide removal methods. In his, 'A Commitment to America’s Heartland: Unleashing the Potential of Rural America,' plan, he states that he would, "Support agriculture and significantly invest in R&D as a powerful solution to climate change, including through soil carbon sequestration."75In a March 21st tweet, the Mayor stated, "Climate change isn’t just happening in the Arctic. It’s happening in the Midwest. It’s killing people. So let’s call it what it is: a major security issue." Mayor Buttigieg makes public statements and advocates for action on climate change, but not as a top priority issue.75During an interview with Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show, the presidential candidate listed a carbon fee and dividend as a solution to climate change. At an Iowa rally, the Mayor stated, "We're going to have to have a carbon tax." On his climate change plan a, "Key Policy," of his is to, "Implement a Green New Deal with all available tools, including a carbon tax-and-dividend for Americans, and support major direct investment to build a 100% clean energy society. Mayor Buttigieg publicly supports and advocates for a U.S. fee on carbon.10087.5https://peteforamerica.com/issues/ https://peteforamerica.com/climate https://pfa-webapp-prod.onrender.com/documents/32/Climate-Plan-White-Paper.pdf https://peteforamerica.com/empowering-workers https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/politics/policy-2020/climate-change/green-new-deal/ http://nofossilfuelmoney.org/presidential-signers/ https://twitter.com/petebuttigieg/status/1108761278900776961?lang=en https://peteforamerica.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/PFA_Unleashing-the-Potential-of-Rural-America-1-3.pdf https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=427411608053806 https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/18/us/politics/climate-change-2020-democratic-candidates.html
Harris, KamalaU.S. SenatorDOn Senator Harris's 'Combat the Climate Crisis' page, she states, "We’re facing a climate crisis. From families devastated by hurricanes in the South and East Coast, to farmers facing flooding in the Midwest, to firefighters battling wildfires in California, one thing is clear: We need to take bold, direct action now." But when asked whether she would declare a climate change emergency if elected president, during the CNN, 'Climate Crisis Town Hall,' she stated that she would instead declare a drinking water emergency. Senator Kamala Harris understands the consequences and importance of acting on climate change but does not see it as a top priority issue. 75YesSenator Harris is a co-sponsor of the Green New Deal. NoSenator Harris is not committed to 100% renewable energy by 2030. In her plan titled, 'A Climate Plan for the People,' she calls for 100% carbon-neutral electricity, which could still include fossil fuels, by 2030. YesSenator Harris supports ending fossil fuel subsidies. In her climate plan, she states, "She will end federal subsidies for fossil fuels and hold Big Oil accountable for its role in the climate crisis." The Senator also supports ending fossil fuel extraction on public lands in her plan she states, "We must stop extracting fossil fuels and use our public lands to our collective benefit." Senator Harris signed the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge. YesSenator Harris supports one or more of our carbon dioxide removal methods. Her plan states, "In Kamala’s Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will support every farm in America to fully implement science-based agricultural conservation practices by 2040, establishing our agricultural sector as a global leader in climate-smart agriculture. Different regions, different crops, and different animals will require unique strategies to reduce emissions and pollution while increasing value, resilience, and carbon sequestration." 75In a tweet, the Senator stated, "Glaciers are melting. Sea levels are rising. Climate change is real and we must act before it's too late. That’s why I support a Green New Deal." Senator Harris initially planned on skipping CNN's, 'Climate Crisis Town Hall,' before reversing her decision amongst public backlash. Senator Harris makes public statements and advocates for action on climate change, but not as a top priority issue. 75In her climate plan, it states that, "She will make polluters pay for emitting greenhouse gases into our atmosphere," and that, "A climate pollution fee can play an important role as one of several interrelated policies to reduce emissions and hold polluters accountable." Senator Harris supports a U.S. fee on carbon but does not advocate for it.7575https://kamalaharris.org/issue/climate/ https://qz.com/1702416/the-most-important-takeaways-from-democrats-climate-town-hall/ https://kamalaharris.org/climate/ http://nofossilfuelmoney.org/presidential-signers/ https://twitter.com/kamalaharris/status/1151604238432309248 https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/08/20/kamala-harris-even-considered-skipping-cnn-forum-say-youth-campaigners-why-we
O'Rourke, BetoU.S. CongressmanDOn his 'Climate Change,' site he states, "Climate change is the greatest threat we face — one which will test our country, our democracy, and every single one of us. The stakes are clear: We are living in a transformed reality, where our longstanding inaction has not only impacted our climate but led to a growing emergency that has already started to sap our economic prosperity and public health — worsening inequality and threatening our safety and security." Congressman Beto O'Rourke understands the importance of climate change action as a top priority issue.100YesWhen asked at an Iowa campaign if he supported the Green New Deal, he responded stating, "Some will criticize the Green New Deal for being too bold or being unmanageable. I tell you what, I haven't seen anything better that addresses this singular crisis we face, a crisis that could at its worst lead to extinction. The Green New Deal does that. It ties it to the economy and acknowledges that all of the things are interconnected." NoCongressman O'Rourke is not committed to 100% renewable energy by 2030. In his climate plan, he calls for, "net-zero" emissions by 2050. YesCongressman O'Rourke supports ending fossil fuel subsidies. A campaign spokesperson told the Washington Post that his plan, “would finally end the tens of billions of dollars of subsidies that are currently given to fossil fuel companies.” He supports ending fossil fuel extraction on public lands. As part of his, "net-zero emissions by 2030 carbon budget," he states he, "would stop new fossil fuel leases." Congressman O'Rourke signed the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge. YesCongressman O'Rourke supports one or more of our carbon dioxide removal methods. In his climate plan, Congressman O'Rourke, states that he wants to include, "Farming and ranching grants to create a new revenue stream for the climate benefits secured through practices like better soil management." He also includes, "forestation," in his plan. 75In an interview with NPR, when asked about climate change, he stated that, "Here's our generation's opportunity to meet a true existential threat of this moment. And I'm confident that that's going to bring out the absolute best in us. Nothing to be afraid of, something to meet head on, and to overcome and to do it together." In a U.S. Senate debate against Ted Cruz, when asked his views on climate change, the Congressman stated, "300 years after the enlightenment we should be able to listen to the scientists... They tell us that we still have time but the window is closing." Congressman O'Rourke makes public statements and advocates for action on climate change but not as a top priority issue.75On CNN's, 'Climate Crisis Town Hall,' when he was asked if he supports a carbon tax he said, "No." Congressman O'Rourke does not support a U.S. fee on carbon.2568.75https://betoorourke.com/climate-change/ https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2019/03/14/beto_orourke_on_green_new_deal_literally_the_future_of_the_world_depends_on_us.html https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/politics/policy-2020/climate-change/fossil-fuel-subsidies/ http://nofossilfuelmoney.org/presidential-signers/ https://www.npr.org/2019/06/14/731458998/beto-orourke-calls-for-a-moonshot-to-combat-climate-change https://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/article220144680.html https://grist.org/article/live-who-said-what-during-cnns-climate-crisis-town-hall/
Castro, JulianFormer U.S. Secretary of H.U.D.DIn a tweet on April 22, 2019, Secretary Castro wrote, "Climate change is a global crisis that knows no borders. My first executive action as President would be to recommit the U.S. to the Paris Climate Accord, and to reestablish America as a leader in the fight against climate change." Secretary Julian Castro understands the importance of climate change action as a top priority issue.100YesIn a tweet from January 12, 2019, the Secretary states, "We're gonna say no to subsidizing big oil and say yes to passing a Green New Deal."NoSecretary Castro is not committed to 100% renewable energy by 2030. In his, 'People and Planet First,' plan he calls for, "all electrical power to be carbon-neutral by 2030 and be entirely clean, renewable, and zero-emission by 2035." Carbon-neutral may still include fossil fuels. YesSecretary Castro supports ending fossil fuel subsidies and ending fossil fuel extraction on public lands. As part of his, 'People and Planet First,' plan, he states, "We will immediately stop the exploration and extraction of fossil fuels on public lands and end all taxpayer subsidies of fossil fuel production." Secretary Castro signed the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge. YesThe former Secretary supports one or more of our carbon dioxide removal methods. As part of Secretary Castro's, 'Protecting Animal Welfare plan, he wants to implement, "proactive conservation policies to protect lands, including reclaiming degraded lands, reforestation, and afforestation, and integrating natural places into urban communities." He also supports sustainable farming practices. 75In an August 21st tweet the Secretary stated, "Donald Trump called climate change a “hoax” invented by China. That is a lie. Climate change is getting worse by the day and this president does not care. My first day in office, I will rejoin the Paris Climate Accord and work to combat the climate crisis our nation faces." Secretary Castro supports action on climate change but is not a strong advocate for it.50In his climate plan, he states that he would, "support a new “carbon pollution fee” on up-stream, large-scale polluters for greenhouse gas emissions and investing that revenue in renewable energy, environmental justice, and climate resilience." Secretary Castro supports a U.S. fee on carbon but does not advocate for it.7575https://issues.juliancastro.com/paw-plan/ https://issues.juliancastro.com/climate-1/ http://nofossilfuelmoney.org/presidential-signers/ https://twitter.com/juliancastro/status/1084149955831521280 https://twitter.com/juliancastro/status/1120370202015862786?lang=en https://twitter.com/JulianCastro/status/1164319260082102275
Klobuchar, AmyU.S. SenatorDOn Senator Klobuchar's, 'Combatting Climate Change,' site, she states, "The evidence is clear: the climate crisis isn’t happening in 100 years — it’s happening now. 2018 was the fourth-hottest year on record globally and it was another near-record year for U.S. weather and climate disasters. The dire warnings in the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the National Climate Assessment make clear that immediate action is needed. The National Climate Assessment lays out how increasing global temperatures are harming our country’s food systems and public health by increasing the risk of respiratory and cardiovascular disease, while displacement and destruction caused by climate-related natural disasters threaten our economy and national security." Senator Amy Klobuchar understands the importance of climate change action as a top priority issue.100YesSenator Klobuchar is a co-sponsor of the Green New Deal.NoThe Senator is not committed to 100% renewable energy by 2030. Her climate plan calls for, "achieving 100% net-zero emissions no later than 2050."NoAlthough the Senator favors ending fossil fuel subsidies according to the Washington Post, it is not clear whether she would phase out fossil fuel extraction on federal lands. Senator Klobuchar signed the No Fossil Fuels Money Pledge. YesSenator Klobuchar supports one or more of our carbon dioxide removal methods. In her climate plan it states that Senator Klobuchar would, "Strengthening federal climate research and innovation, including carbon capture and negative emissions technologies, by fully supporting research at the Department of Energy and ARPA-E and encouraging partnerships with the non-profit and private sectors."50According to Axios when announcing her 2020 run, the presidential candidate stated, "The people are on our side when it comes to climate change. Why? Because like you and I, they believe in science. That's why in the first 100 days of my administration, I will reinstate the clean power rules and the gas mileage standards and put forth sweeping legislation to invest in green jobs and infrastructure. And on day one, we will rejoin the international climate agreement." Senator Klobuchar supports action on climate change but is not a strong advocate for it.50According to the New York Times, "Ms. Klobuchar’s campaign said she was open to a carbon tax but would not support one that increased prices for lower- and middle-income Americans." In an interview with the Tampa Bay Times, she also stated, "If we were to use a carbon tax… it would have to be done in some way that is not regressive because the middle class and lower income people have already been having a harder and harder time affording things, and you don’t want to make it worse.” Her climate plan also calls for, "Adopting a carbon pricing program that does not have a regressive impact on Americans." Senator Klobuchar publicly supports and advocates for a U.S. fee on carbon.10075https://amyklobuchar.com/combating-climate-change/ http://nofossilfuelmoney.org/presidential-signers/ https://twitter.com/amyklobuchar/status/1140589006981357569 https://www.axios.com/2020-presidential-election-klobuchar-climate-change-78d33f34-3fdd-42ad-b26c-7369b5f11a91.html https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/18/us/politics/climate-change-2020-democratic-candidates.html https://www.tampabay.com/florida-politics/buzz/2019/03/11/interview-amy-klobuchar-on-carbon-tax-cuba-bidens-busing-quote-and-her-chat-with-gillum/
Trump, DonaldPresidentRIn a 2016 interview on Fox News, the President stated, "Well, I think the climate change is just a very, very expensive form of tax. A lot of people are making a lot of money. I know much about climate change. I'd be—received environmental awards. And I often joke that this is done for the benefit of China. Obviously, I joke. But this is done for the benefit of China, because China does not do anything to help climate change. They burn everything you could burn; they couldn't care less. They have very—you know, their standards are nothing. But they—in the meantime, they can undercut us on price. So it's very hard on our business." President Donald Trump disagrees with scientists that that climate change is real and human-made.0NoAccording to CNN, during an environmental speech, he discussed the Green New Deal, stating, "It'll kill millions of jobs. It'll crush the dreams of the poorest Americans and disproportionately harm minority communities. I will not stand for it. We will defend the environment, but we will also defend American sovereignty, American prosperity, and we will defend American jobs."NoPresident Donald Trump is not committed to 100% renewable energy by 2030. NoAccording to the President's, 'President Donald J. Trump Is Unleashing American Energy Dominance,' agenda, he has signed legislation to open up the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge for energy exploration, made 28 lease sales to oil and gas companies, approved the Dakota Access Pipeline, and has streamlined liquid natural gas terminals. President Trump has not sign the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge. NoPresident Trump does not have a plan for carbon dioxide removal. 0According to Reuters, during a 2019 G7 Summit, when asked a question on climate change, the President responded by stating, "I’m not going to lose that wealth, I’m not going to lose it on dreams, on windmills, which frankly aren’t working too well." President Trump makes public statements advocating against action on climate change.0In a tweet from May 13, 2016 the President responded to an article by The Hill, stating, "@thehill Your story about me & the carbon tax is absolutely incorrect—it is just the opposite. I will not support or endorse a carbon tax!" President Trump makes public statements advocating against putting a U.S. fee on carbon.00https://video.foxnews.com/v/4709867547001/?playlist_id=938973798001#sp=show-clips https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/08/politics/donald-trump-environmental-leadership/index.html http://nofossilfuelmoney.org/presidential-signers/ https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/president-donald-j-trump-unleashing-american-energy-dominance/ https://www.reuters.com/article/us-g7-summit-trump-climatechange/trump-on-climate-says-he-wont-jeopardize-u-s-wealth-on-dreams-idUSKCN1VG1RU https://www.atr.org/trump-takes-stand-against-carbon-tax
Walsh, JoeFormer Congressman RIn an interview with PBS, when asked about climate change and whether it was an urgent issue, Congressman Walsh stated, "On the urgent action, I don't know. Certainly, on action, I — the first big step...is my party, the Republican Party, has to acknowledge it's an issue, it's a problem. This president won't.” Congressman Walsh agrees with scientists that climate change is real and human-made, but does not understand the importance of acting on climate change as a top priority issue.50NoCongressman Walsh has not taken a position on the Green New DealNoCongressman Walsh is not committed to 100% renewable energy by 2030.NoAs a Congressman from Illinois, Mr. Walsh voted to open the outer continental shelf to drilling. Congressman Walsh has not signed the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge. NoThe presidential candidate does not have a plan for carbon dioxide removal.0Mr. Walsh supports limited or no action on climate change.25Congressman Walsh signed Americans for Prosperity's (AFP) No Climate Tax Pledge, stating, "I pledge to the taxpayers of my state, and to the American people, that I will oppose any legislation relating to climate change that includes a net increase in government revenue." Congressman Walsh makes public statements, advocacy or votes against putting a U.S. fee on carbon.018.75https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/what-joe-walsh-thinks-about-immigration-climate-change-and-trump http://nofossilfuelmoney.org/presidential-signers/ https://www.ontheissues.org/2020/Joe_Walsh_Energy_+_Oil.htm
Weld, BillFormer Governor RIn a speech exploring a 2020 run against President Trump, the presidential candidate stated, "Whether as protection of a fragile ecosystem or as stewardship of God’s creation, there is a pressing need to act on climate change. The United States must rejoin the Paris climate accords, and adopt targets consonant with those of other industrialized nations." Governor Bill Weld understands the consequences and importance of acting on climate change but does not see it as a top priority issue.75NoIn an interview with The New Yorker, when asked his thoughts on the Green New Deal, Governor Weld stated, "You know, I’ve got to study that more than I have. It sounds pretty expensive, and I think some of what’s coming out of the left hand of the Democratic Party is probably more than I could sit still for."NoGovernor Weld is not committed to 100% renewable energy by 2030. In a 2016 interview with the Washington Post, when asked about renewable energy, the candidate stated, "I’m kind of skeptical that renewables are going to be 75 percent of the base in terms of electricity by the year 2045, which some extreme environmentalists would say that should be the goal and we should predicate our policy on that. Well, if it’s not gonna be the case, let’s not predicate our policy."NoGovernor Weld does not have a plan to phase out the usage of fossil fuels. Governor Weld has not signed the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge. NoGovernor Weld does not have a plan for carbon dioxide removal. In a 2016 interview with the Washington Post, the presidential candidate stated when asked about climate change that, "Technology could get us out of this. The missing piece was carbon capture and sequestration: if somebody figured out a way to sequester CO2 in the ocean in a way that was safe and that it wouldn't come back, that would be a breakthrough." 0In an interview with the show "Rising" the Governor stated that, "The burden of climate change is going to fall on you all if nothing is done, and [those are] two of the major reasons I'm running." In a separate interview on NPR's "On Point" he stated, "I think the president's being irresponsible. He's got a one-word platform for global warming, which is hoax. Does he think all those scientists who took those measurements are falsifying the measurements because they're going to make money on the deal?" Governor Weld supports limited action on climate change.25In a 2016 interview with the Washington Post, when asked how he would meet the U.S.'s Paris obligations, he stated that it would not be through a carbon tax. Governor Weld makes public statements advocating against putting a U.S. fee on carbon.025https://www.boston.com/news/politics/2019/02/15/bill-weld-2020-speech https://www.newyorker.com/news/the-new-yorker-interview/bill-weld-the-republican-planning-to-run-against-trump-in-2020 http://nofossilfuelmoney.org/presidential-signers/ https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/wp/2016/07/07/a-transcript-of-the-washington-post-editorial-boards-meeting-with-gary-johnson-and-william-weld/ https://thehill.com/hilltv/rising/443357-bill-weld-says-trumps-inaction-on-deficit-climate-will-weigh-on-millennials https://www.wbur.org/onpoint/2019/04/17/bill-weld-2020-presidential-election-republican-party-donald-trump
Sanford, MarkFormer GovernorRIn a 2007 Washington Post op-ed, titled, 'A Conservative Conservationist? Why the Right Needs to Get Invested in the Search for Climate Change Solutions,' the presidential candidate wrote, "For the past 20 years, I have seen the ever-so-gradual effects of rising sea levels at our farm on the South Carolina coast. I've had to watch once-thriving pine trees die in that fragile zone between uplands and salt marshes. I know the climate change debate isn't over, but I believe human activity is having a measurable effect on the environment." Governor Mark Sanford understands the consequences and importance of acting on climate change but does not see it as a top priority issue.75NoGovernor Sanford has not come out in support of the Green New Deal. NoGovernor Sanford is not committed to 100% renewable energy by 2030. Although in 2007, as Governor of South Carolina, he issued an Executive Order establishing the Governor’s Climate, Energy, and Commerce Advisory Committee (CECAC) to develop an Action Plan to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.NoThe presidential candidate has not laid out a plan to keep fossil fuels in the ground. Despite this, the former governor has been critical of offshore drilling. Governor Sanford has not signed the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge. NoThe former governor has no known plans to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere if elected president. 0He was one of 17 Republicans to sign onto a House resolution that, "urges the House of Representatives to “address the causes and effects” of climate change," according to The Atlantic. On his presidential campaign website, he states that, "On this issue, the scientific consensus fits with what I’ve seen firsthand, and that is that it's real. I think it's important to listen to what the scientific community has said here. After all, it makes no sense to say that one believes in the modern advances of science and the way they can cure and heal the human body, but then discount what science says in other areas of our lives." Governor Sanford supports limited action on climate change.25While serving as a Congressman in the 115th Congress, he voted in favor of H.Con.Res.119 - Expressing the sense of Congress that a carbon tax would be detrimental to the United States economy. Governor Sanford makes public statements, advocacy or votes against putting a U.S. fee on carbon.025http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/02/22/AR2007022201455_pf.html http://nofossilfuelmoney.org/presidential-signers/ https://www.eesi.org/files/ccs_sc_summary.pdf https://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/congress/article226257185.html https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/03/house-republicans-climate-change-global-warming-trump/518430/ https://www.marksanford.com/issues/ http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2018/roll363.xml
Steyer, TomN/ADIn a youtube discussing his climate plan, he states, "Our planet is at a crossroads. Wildfires are taking lives and destroying communities. Prolonged heat waves and extreme storms are putting the vulnerable at risk. We can't continue to deny science and roll back environmental protections we must treat the climate crisis with the urgency it demands." Tom Steyer understands the importance of climate change action as a top priority issue.100YesIn a youtube video announcing his climate plan, Tom Steyer says, as president that he would, "challenge Congress to pass legislation to enact a green new deal which offers solutions at the same scale as the problems we face."NoTom Steyer is not committed to 100% renewable energy by 2030. In his climate plan, he calls for 100% clean energy by 2040. YesTom Steyer supports ending fossil fuel subsidies. As part of his, 'Top priorities to address climate change,' he states that he would, "invest in local economies, end government giveaways to big polluters, and restore and expand public nature areas, working lands, and parks." He also supports ending fossil fuel extraction on public lands. In his, 'Clean Energy Transformation,' plan he calls an end to, "leases for fossil fuel mining, drilling, and fracking on public lands, offshore, and in the Arctic and Arctic National Wildlife Refuge," as well as to, "end federal permitting for new fossil fuel infrastructure on day one of my administration, and responsibly wind down existing fossil fuel production nationwide." Tom Steyer signed the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge. YesTom Steyer supports one or more of our carbon dioxide removal methods. As part of his, 'Clean Energy Transformation,' Tom Steyer would, "Mobilize $130B for forest health and wildfire fuel reduction treatments, to promote ecosystem resilience, fire safety, and carbon sequestration in federal, state and private forests, and for regenerative agriculture to promote soil health, help young farmers and family farmers, and to expand composting, no-till and low-till practices, and innovative crop rotation." He would also, "Establish regenerative and carbon-sequestering standards for farming and ranching on public lands, establish sustainable fisheries standards for US waters and vessels, and manage forest and ocean systems to optimize carbon sequestration and overall ecosystem health." 75On September 3, 2019, Tom Steyer hosted a town hall titled, 'This is Not a Test: Climate Change Emergency Broadcast.' In 2016, Tom Steyer spent $100 million of his own money on "several Senate and governors races in which climate change could play a major role." He also is the founder of NextGen America, which was originally NextGen Climate. Tom Steyer demonstrates leadership by advocating action on climate change as a top priority issue. 100Tom Steyer was a part of a group of climate activist billionaires, who raised $15.2 million to support Washington State's Carbon Emissions Fee and Revenue Allocation Initiative on the 2018 ballot. According to the Washington Post, he states he would, “End all forms of government giveaways to big polluters at the expense of American taxpayers, including unlimited and unpriced global warming pollution.” Tom Steyer publicly supports and advocates for a U.S. fee on carbon.10093.75https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=24&v=bVBWmBj1fQo https://www.tomsteyer.com/clean-energy-transformation-at-a-glance/ https://www.tomsteyer.com/climate-justice/ http://nofossilfuelmoney.org/presidential-signers/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=Gph6RplcSyc https://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/22/us/politics/tom-steyer-hopes-nextgen-climate-gets-voters-to-consider-environment.html?module=inline https://nextgenamerica.org/ https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/politics/policy-2020/climate-change/carbon-tax/
Gabbard, TulsiCongresswomanDCongresswoman Tulsi Gabbard understands the importance of climate change action as a top priority issue. In a June 2017 press release condemning President Trump's withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, she stated, “President Trump’s decision today to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, making us just one of three countries in the world not to participate, is short-sighted and irresponsible. Without global action to drastically curb carbon pollution, climate change threatens the safety and security of the planet, especially in places like Hawaiʻi where we are already experiencing its’ devastating effects." 100NoCongresswoman Gabbard supports parts of the Green New Deal but does not endorse it, saying it was too vague on details. On her, 'Tulsi Gabbard on Climate Change,' page it states, "I support the carbon neutrality goals of the Green New Deal and the awareness it has brought across the country on the critical issues of energy independence and the climate crisis, however, I do not support “leaving the door open” to nuclear power unless and until there is a permanent solution to the problem of nuclear waste." NoCongresswoman Gabbard is not committed to 100% renewable energy by 2030. On her, 'Protect Our Planet With Clean Energy & Create Jobs,' page, she proposes passing The OFF Fossil Fuels Act, which calls for 100% renewable energy by 2035. YesCongresswoman Gabbard supports ending fossil fuel subsidies. In a September 2019 tweet, she stated, "As president, I’ll tackle climate change by ending subsidies to big fossil fuel...." Congresswoman Gabbard also supports ending fossil fuel extraction on public lands. In an interview with the Washington Post, she stated, "Yes, I would end the leasing of federal land and waters for fossil fuel extraction.” Congresswoman Gabbard signed the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge.YesCongresswoman Gabbard introduced the OFF Fossil Fuels Act of 2017, which states, "Conventional, large-scale farming is the cause of widespread topsoil depletion, and is a contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. There are better alternatives and sustainable solutions in the form of regenerative agricultural practices. We should incentivize farmers who provide healthier food, sustain the land and sequester carbon dioxide and methane." On her, 'Protect Our Planet With Clean Energy & Create Jobs,' page she calls for the passing of the OFF Fossil Fuels Act. 50In a February 2018 tweet proposing the passing of the OFF Fossil Fuels Act of 2017, the Congresswoman stated, "Reaching 100 percent renewable energy as quickly as possible is required to save our planet from the worst effects of climate change. The #OFFAct sets a clear timeline to get there by 2035, with an 80 percent interim benchmark by 2027. We can do this." Congresswoman Gabbard makes public statements and advocates for action on climate change, but not as a top priority issue. 75In an interview with the Washington Post, she stated, "Ultimately I don't think that the carbon tax is the right way to get us there. Instead of passing the costs on to those who can least afford it, I will end corporate welfare to fossil fuel and nuclear power companies,” Congresswoman Gabbard does not support a U.S. fee on carbon. 2562.5https://gabbard.house.gov/news/press-releases/rep-tulsi-gabbard-denounces-president-trump-s-decision-withdraw-paris-climate https://www.tulsigabbard.org/tulsi-gabbard-on-climate-change https://twitter.com/tulsigabbard/status/1169598554987323392?lang=en https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/politics/policy-2020/climate-change/fossil-fuel-leasing-public-lands/ https://gabbard.house.gov/sites/gabbard.house.gov/files/H.R.%203671%20OFF%20Fossil%20Fuels%20Act.pdf https://www.tulsi2020.com/record/protect-our-planet-clean-energy-create-jobs https://twitter.com/TulsiGabbard/status/959545708683694080 https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/politics/policy-2020/climate-change/carbon-tax/

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