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Today, the Center for American Progress Action Fund, the League of Conservation Voters, and the Sierra Club announced the launch of Climate Power 2020 — an independently run campaign dedicated to changing the politics of climate in 2020. One of the group’s stated goals is to dispel misinformation put out by the Trump campaign on issues like the Green New Deal.
Going forward, Climate Power 2020 will focus on the swing states of Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin and as John Podesta, former White House senior advisor to Presidents Clinton and Obama explained,
“Climate Power 2020 will [push] all candidates to aggressively campaign on climate action and [hold] science-denying campaigns accountable.”
Why This Matters: The Trump campaign had hoped to run on a thriving economy in 2020 but the coronavirus pandemic has now made that impossible. So their next best tactic will be misinformation and making Democrats look frivolous for supporting climate action and green jobs as part of the coronavirus recovery effort. But, as E&E News explained, “Joe Biden is beating President Trump among older voters, and some observers think that edge could give him an opening to pursue a more aggressive climate platform. There’s a big opportunity to make climate an integral part of the 2020 election, but being organized and strategic with messaging will be key.
Climate in 2020: Before the COVID-19 pandemic sent the economy into a tailspin, 2020 was set to be a monumental year for climate change in the context of the presidential election (and in down-ballot races as well). Economic recovery will surely be a key priority for voters in November but elections don’t happen in a vacuum.
Luckily, the Green New Deal is basically a massive economic recovery plan by design. However Democratic candidates need to have a unified message around the GND and emphasize its job-creating opportunities–that’s what can make Climate Power 2020 and important group to coordinate this messaging.
The Bottom Line: Four more years of a Trump presidency will be once of the most disastrous things to happen to our planet–as that will likely ensure we’re locked into decades of fossil fuels. It’s truly a make-or-break moment and everyone concerned with the climate crisis logically should focus on electing Joe Biden. This means courting the youth vote and ensuring young people have a seat at the table as climate policy decisions are being made–another potential place for Climate Power 2020 to organize and galvanize.
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will hear arguments on this issue in BP Plc v. Mayor & City Council of Baltimore, which could determine whether or not oil companies are held accountable for climate change damages to cities and states.
Why This Matters: If SCOTUS rules in favor of BP, future climate litigation will likely be fought in federal courts, which experts say are “less responsive to expansive legal theories,” and thus less likely to rule in favor of these innovative new climate cases based on state law. Whoever wins this case will have a leg up in future climate litigation.
This week we sat down with Dr. Michael Mann, distinguished professor of atmospheric science at Penn State University to talk about his new book The New Climate War in which he examined a century of history to break down science misinformation tactics deployed by industries like tobacco and oil and gas that were used to […]
by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer After being forced to make major cuts to California’s environmental programs just eight months ago, last week, Governor Gavin Newsom has proposed a $227 billion budget deal that would bolster a set of environmental initiatives. The proposal designates $4.1 billion to fight forest fires, reduce smog, and increase the […]
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