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The Iowa Caucuses are on Monday and will be the first real contest of the 2020 presidential race. For the first time, climate change is a top-tier issue that Iowans are concerned with due to last year’s catastrophic flooding. While polls show a very tight race, for the more moderate candidates like Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Amy Klobuchar, climate change has become an unexpectedly contentious issue.
Progressive Democrats find Biden and Klobuchar’s stance on banning fracking to be unacceptable and don’t believe they will bring about drastic change. To that, Biden and Klobuchar have responded that their climate plans might actually have a shot at securing 60 votes in the Senate (which could still likely remain in Republican control after the 2020 election). Additionally, Democratic strategists worry that an anti-fracking agenda might sink Democrats in swing states like Pennsylvania.
But when the moderates are competing against an ultra-progressive climate plan like Senator Bernie Sanders’, the necessary conversation about the 60-vote threshold gets drowned out. At this point, the 2020 race is starting to get real and asking how candidates would enact their policy ideas is a fair question.
“Of course, no Democratic plan has a chance without the White House, and no Democrat will win the presidency without swing states where the fossil fuel industry employs thousands, such as Pennsylvania, which Mr. Trump won by less than 1 percentage point.”
By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer There’s been a three-fold increase in climate targets by Fortune Global 500 companies over the past three years, but more than 60% still don’t have any commitments on the books. That’s according to numbers from Natural Capital Partners, who led a discussion with leaders from some of the companies […]
By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor Just a month and a half after the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reported a “code red” for the world to combat climate, the UN announced on Friday that recent climate action plans submitted by 191 countries won’t come close to limiting temperature rise to 1.5 degrees […]
This week is Climate Week NYC, an annual event hosted by The Climate Group and the United Nations, in partnership with the COP26 and the City of New York. For one week, from September 20-26, experts will be hosting panels and conversations about all things climate, and you can follow along at home via Facebook […]
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