by Miro Korenha Shortly after he was elected president in 2008, Barack Obama sternly explained to a gathering of governors that reducing greenhouse gas emissions would be a priority for his administration. Throughout the 2008 presidential campaign, then-Senator Obama talked about the need to transition to a clean energy economy but climate change, in and […]Continue Reading 893 words
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 […]Continue Reading 476 words
The meat industry has long been a target of climate critics and food safety advocates, and now its weaknesses are becoming even more apparent as workers in meatpacking plants (yes – the ones the President forced to remain open) are testing positive for COVID in huge numbers — 1600 are POSITIVE in 4 plants in Iowa alone. And coal workers — who are already at high risk for lung and other injuries due to the treacherous conditions inside of mines — are similarly harmed disproportionately impacted by COVID, according to former officials at the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA).
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When Senator Bernie Sanders dropped out of the 2020 presidential race, his supporters lamented that former Vice President Joe Biden–the presumptive Democratic nominee–did not have a climate plan that was bold enough to meet the breadth of the climate crisis. As a result, progressive climate action groups like the Sunrise Movement did not endorse Biden […]Continue Reading 424 words
Due to the coronavirus-induced economic slowdown, Climate Home News and then Axios reported that China is delaying the release of its revised plans for how it will update its Paris Agreement targets until at least after the U.S. Presidential election.
Why This Matters: The coronavirus cannot be an excuse to lower climate ambitions, instead it must be seen as an opportunity to elevate them.Continue Reading 491 words
by Miro Korenha Yesterday, Senator Bernie Sanders suspended his presidential campaign thus making former VP Joe Biden the presumptive Democratic nominee. For many progressives and especially progressive youth voters who overwhelmingly supported Sanders, the decision was disappointing. In response, a coalition of progressive youth groups sent Joe Biden a letter outlining a list of commitments […]Continue Reading 772 words
Last night’s Democratic primary debate was the first time in this election that we saw just two candidates go head-to-head: Former VP Joe Biden and Senator Bernie Sanders. With the nation in the throes of the coronavirus pandemic, the primary focus of the conversation centered around the need for a swift, calculated, and coordinated response […]Continue Reading 540 words
By Alexandra Patel and Miro Korenha Critical to Democrats in the upcoming 2020 election is the stance the newly elected president will take on climate change and the impact it will have on America’s future. On Tuesday, June 4th, Presidential candidate Joe Biden made his position clear through his newly-released climate plan. Why this matters: […]Continue Reading 550 words
Joe Biden, the latest candidate to join the Presidential race, has yet to say where he stands on many of the issues, like the Green New Deal, President Trump’s regulatory rollbacks, and oil and gas drilling on federal land, to name just a few of today’s most hot button issues. We took a look at his record — what he has said about climate change and how he voted on various environmental legislation when he was in the Senate.Continue Reading 644 words