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Mike Bloomberg’s Presidential campaign is blasting the airwaves so much that he is now a factor in the Presidential race, but how green is he? He has a very strong record of environmental accomplishments as Mayor of New York and since he left office, and he has detailed proposals on climate change, but fewer plans for what to do about other environmental problems like clean water and toxic waste, endangered species and other natural resource issues.
Why This Matters: Bloomberg has the means to develop detailed policy plans on the full range of conservation and environmental issues and the ads to go with them, but the “green” plans on his web site are not as broad as the other candidates’ — at least not yet. So far, his web site only covers climate change and clean energy, with a short discussion of clean air and clean water in his infrastructure plan. His track record as mayor of New York City is also helpful in understanding where he stands on issues like parks and environmental justice — and it is well in the mainstream of the Democratic Party. His first appearance in a Democratic debate is unfortunately unlikely to provide voters a greater understanding of his positions on some of the other environmental issues that can provide a great contrast to President Trump’s abysmal record. It might be good to start by asking him where he stands on the Green New Deal and by when he would seek to achieve carbon neutrality. We want and need to know more.
Protect critical infrastructure and create an Infrastructure Resilience Finance Corporation
Launch a national initiative to use climate data to improve resilience efforts
To Go Deeper: We recommend The Daily podcast from yesterday (though we suspect many of you already listened to it) on “the hidden infrastructure of influence and persuasion behind his campaign.” It is worth your time.
By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Late last week, President Biden and a critical mass of Democrats in the Senate and House agreed on the details of Build Back Better legislation — a $1.85 trillion overall investment that includes a record-setting $555 billion dollars to take on the climate crisis. The agreement marked a […]
By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor Top executives from Big Oil companies ExxonMobil, BP, Chevron, and Shell testified before Congress yesterday amid accusations and revelations about their industry’s efforts to mislead the public about human-caused climate change while claiming to be in favor of climate action. A report released Thursday morning by the House Committee […]
By Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer As the world gets ready for COP26 in Glasgow next week, many nations are upping their pledges to lower emissions before 2030. But according to a UN report released Tuesday, even if Argentina, Britain, Canada, the EU, South Africa, and the US achieve their pledged goals, it would account […]
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