2020 Candidates And Where They Stand On Climate Issues

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10/23/2020

Written by: Allie Willison, Customer Experience at Blueland

The planet is on the ballot this year. Candidates in races across the country form local, to state to national are debating climate issues. Races across the country can help determine the trajectory of climate policy. So we’ve compiled information on candidates in key races this election and where they stand on climate issues! Learn more about key climate issues here

Joe Biden: 

The Biden plan uses the Green New Deal as a framework but differs as it’s an actionable policy plan versus the broad resolution of the Green New Deal. Biden and Sanders worked together to form a task force to bridge the party divide, with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and former Secretary of State John Kerry at it’s head, they’ve worked out a cumulative climate action plan. Over the course of 4 years Biden’s $2 Trillion plan would boost clean energy and infrastructure, with a focus on job creation as we turn away from carbon based energy. He’s adopted into his plan related issues such as environmental justice by vowing to stand up to fossil fuel companies that have put vulnerable communities at risk. Additionally, his plan shows a shift to funding more public transportation and the introduction of high speed rail with a goal of lessening the greenhouse gas emissions caused by gas-guzzling vehicles, as well as many more initiatives. You can read more about his plan here

Varshini Prakash, the founder of Sunrise Movement, who had previously endorsed Bernie Sanders for President, said the Biden Plan would represent a “seismic shift in climate policy at the federal level.” BU Scientists said while dissecting the nit and grit of the plan that “Its degree of boldness is really laudable—it’s not a business-as-usual, modest, or incremental climate plan. It’s bold, ambitious, and visionary.” 

Donald Trump: 

The Trump Administration has opposed the Green New Deal since its inception and has not released a comprehensive plan on climate change. Mr. Trump stated in the first Presidential Debate, “I want crystal clean water and air. I want beautiful clean air. We have now the lowest carbon… If you look at our numbers right now, we are doing phenomenally.” (Though in truth, carbon emissions have remained the same if not higher during his term than the previous.) 

Where Joe Biden and Donald Trump Fall on Other Key Climate Issues 

Summary: Joe Biden and Donald Trump's Environmental plans: where the stand on net-zero emissions, federal funding, fossil fuel subsidies, use of public lands, fracking and nuclear energy

See more of Joe Biden’s Stances here

See the Trump Administration’s official stances on energy and the environment here

Key Races That Can Impact Climate Policy 

Though the Presidential Race is the main focus of the current political area, there are many other elections whose seats will be crucial to climate policy in the upcoming years for both their local communities, states, and the nation. Here are some key congressional races to watch and the candidates’ plans for climate action.  

Senate Races 

Senate: South Carolina 

Summary of Jaime Harrison and Lindsey Graham's climate policy plans

Jaime Harrison: Learn more here.  

Senate: Georgia

Summary of Jon ossof and david Perdue's climate plans

Jon Ossof: Learn more here

Senate: Maine

Summary of Sara Gideon and Susan Collins' climate plans

Sara Gideon:  Learn more here

Susan Collins: Learn more here

Senate: Alabama

Summary of Doug jones and tommy Tuberville's climate plans

Senate: Montana

Summary of steve bullock and steve daines climate plans

Steve Bullock: . Learn more here.

Senate: Alaska

Summary of Al Gross and Dan Sullivan's climate plans

Al Gross:  Learn more here.

Dan Sullivan:  Learn more here

House of Representatives 

House of Representatives: 

Texas- 24th Congressional District

Summary of Candace Valenzuela and Beth Van Duyne's climate plans

Candace Valenzuela: Learn more here

House of Representatives:

New York – 22nd Congressional District

Summary of Anthony Brindisi and Claudia Tenney's Climate plans

Anthony Brindisi: Learn more here and here.  

House of Representatives:

Michigan — 8th Congressional District

Summary of Elissa Slotkin and paul Junge's climate plans

Elissa Slotkin: Learn more here

Paul Junge:  Learn more here

House of Representatives:

South Carolina — 1st Congressional District

Summary of Joe Cunningham and Nancy Mace's climate plans

Joe Cunningham: Learn more here

Nancy Mace: Learn more here.  

House of Representatives:

Virginia — 7th Congressional District

Summary of Abigail Spanberger and Nick Freitas' climate plans

Abigail Spanberger: Learn more here

Nick Freitas:  Learn more here

Learn more about priority races here

Your Vote For the Planet

While there are many things that seem uncertain right now, one thing is — you have the power to vote for change. Enact change. See change heal the world. Your vote can help support climate action and lead the U.S. into a brighter, greener future. 

Ready to take action? Make sure you have what you need to vote early! Learn more here
Looking for more on the presidential candidates and where they stand on climate issues? Check out the primary candidates views on key climate issues from March 2020 here.

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