So we finally got a primary debate where there was a somewhat robust conversation about climate change! One of the most important moments of the debate was when Senator Bernie Sanders was asked to stay on the topic of trade and he answered that trade and climate change are one and the same–and he wouldn’t […]Continue Reading 681 words
Farm state voters in swing states like Minnesota see extreme weather, such as droughts and floods, as a significant threat to farming. According to a new poll conducted by Iowa-based RABA Research on behalf of the Union of Concerned Scientists, a majority of these voters say they would be more likely to back a 2020 […]Continue Reading 284 words
The UN climate meeting currently underway in Madrid, Spain, known as COP25, is being called the Blue COP, to highlight its focus on oceans and the climate. Oceans play an outsized role in regulating our climate and 2020 presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren took the opportunity to release a Blue New Deal–her plan to address ocean […]Continue Reading 640 words
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Yesterday, presidential candidate Senator Elizabeth Warren released a plan (!) calling for companies who have misled federal regulators to be prosecuted under a new corporate perjury law.
She also singled out Exxon as her example, tying in climate change to her signature anti-corruption platform.Continue Reading 406 words
If you’ve taken a look at a newspaper or turned on cable news in the past month it’s difficult to spot a headline that doesn’t have to do with impeachment. Sure, impeachment is an important issue but cable news, in particular, has honed in so profoundly on the topic that it’s left little room for […]Continue Reading 802 words
The issue that young American voters care about most is climate change, according to a new study by the Cause and Social Influence Initiative.
But are Democrats doing all that they can to convince these voters that their party will truly make climate action a priority?Continue Reading 493 words
In the United States, the green economy generates $1.3 trillion in annual sales revenue while creating 9.5 million full-time jobs (4% of the working-age population).
However: If Democrats want to win in places that have seen worker layoffs (like Ohio) they have to start talking about these jobs that their vision of the future uniquely supports.Continue Reading 507 words
We were really hoping that we would get to write a recap of the climate change conversation that was had at the 4th Democratic Presidential Debate last night but unfortunately there is literally nothing to write about.
What Happened? In 3 hours of coverage, there was not one question posed by the moderators on the single greatest threat our world is facing.Continue Reading 456 words
The latest Morning Consult/Sierra Club 2020 Climate Voter Tracking Poll is in. Here’s who climate voters are supporting in the primary:
- Joe Biden 31%
- Elizabeth Warren 25%
- Bernie Sanders 19%
Why This Matters: For the first time, climate change is at the forefront of political issues for U.S. Democratic voters.Continue Reading 470 words
There is a growing interest in climate change among Iowa voters and as a result, according to Time Magazine, Democratic candidates have become increasingly attuned to climate issues as they crisscross the state.
Why This Matters: For Democrats in Iowa and across the country, climate change as an issue ranks second only to health care. As Time put it, “[t]hrow a dart at a map of the state, and you’re likely to hit a place that has flooded in recent years. In the past year alone, nearly 40% of Iowans have personally experienced anxiety over extreme weather or know a family member who has, according to a July survey from Climate Nexus.”
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Last week, the Republican Members of Congress met at their annual policy conference and emerged from the meeting hoping the Green New Deal (GND) is a major issue in the 2020 election cycle because they think it is a winner for them. According to E&E News, their leadership is convinced that their best strategy for retaking […]Continue Reading 404 words
Led by The Nation and Columbia Journalism Review (CJR), more than 250 news outlets from across the U.S. and around the globe will be part of a concerted push this week of increasing their climate news coverage – dubbed “Covering Climate Now” — with the goal of “strengthening the media’s focus on the climate crisis.” […]Continue Reading 390 words