Vote Climate U.S. PAC’s Voter’s Guide gives every debate-qualified candidate for U.S. President* a – Climate Calculation – a score for voters to take into the voting booth in November. Our Climate Calculations, ranging from Climate Hero to Zero help Americans to vote climate and elect climate-action candidates. Candidates are scored in 4-climate change categories:
Climate Change Categories
- Climate Action Platform
- Fee on Carbon
Each incumbent and challenger receives a score in each of the 4-climate change categories above. Scores are averaged for a final Climate Calculation, based upon the following criteria:
Climate Change Criteria
Position – What They Think and What They Say
- 0 – Disagrees with scientists that that climate change is real and human-made.
- 25 – Does not take a position on whether climate change is real and human-made.
- 50 – Agrees with scientists that climate change is real, human-made from burning fossil fuels.
- 75 – Understands the consequences and importance of acting on climate change.
- 100 – Understands the importance of action on climate change as a top priority issue. Sees climate change as the biggest threat facing humanity.
Climate Action Platform – What is Their Plan
- 0 – Supports 0 of the Climate Action Platform Issues
- 25 – Supports 1 of the Climate Action Platform Issues
- 50 – Supports 2 of the Climate Action Platform Issues
- 75 – Supports 3 of the Climate Action Platform Issues
- 100 – Supports 4 of the Climate Action Platform Issues
Climate Action Platform Issues
- Supports the Green New Deal
- Supports Using 100% Renewables by 2030
- Keep Fossil Fuels (Coal, Oil and Gas) in the Ground
- Supports ending fossil fuel subsidies
- Supports ending fossil fuel extraction on public lands
- Signed the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge
- Supports Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR) – Supports one or more of the following:
- Carbon Farming/Sustainable Agriculture
- Reforestation and Afforestation
- Wetland Construction
- Direct Air Capture (DAC) of Carbon Dioxide with Recycling, powered by low-to-zero carbon energy sources
* If the candidate supports one or more of the above methods of CDR, they got credit for this category. Vote Climate U.S. PAC does not support Carbon Capture and Sequestration as a method of Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR) because it could extend the life of fossil fuel extraction, especially coal and natural gas plants.
Leadership – What They Do
- 0 – Public statements, advocacy or votes against action on climate change. scores 0 on our Climate Action Platform.
- 25 – Does not oppose action on climate change. scores 0-25 on our Climate Action Platform.
- 50 – Supports action on climate change but is not a strong advocate for it and scores 25-50 on our Climate Action Platform.
- 75 – Makes public statements and advocates for action on climate change, but not as a top priority issue and scores 50-75 on our Climate Action Platform.
- 100 – Makes public statements and advocates for action on climate change as a top priority and scores 75-100 on our Climate Action Platform.
U.S. Fee on Carbon – Position and Leadership
- 0 – Public statements, advocacy or votes against putting a U.S. fee on carbon.
- 25 – Does not support a U.S. fee on carbon.
- 50 – No known position on a U.S. carbon fee.
- 75 – Supports a U.S. fee on carbon, but does not advocate for it.
- 100 – Publicly supports and advocates a U.S. fee on carbon.
*Debate qualified, Democratic candidates as of September, 2019: For polling, candidates need to receive 2% support or higher in four different polls between June 28 and August 28, 2019. The polls must be produced from a list of pollsters approved by the Democratic National Committee. For fundraising, candidates will need the support of at least 130,000 unique donors, including at least 400 unique donors per state in at least 20 states.