Our next president needs to be a real climate leader. That means supporting a Green New Deal to create millions of good jobs transitioning to the 100% renewable energy-powered economy we need, opposing climate-wrecking fossil fuel projects, and refusing to take big polluters’ money. See where all the candidates stand—then, take action.
No one is getting an A+ on this climate test just for admitting that the climate crisis is happening. Real climate leadership means real commitment to bold action. We’re grading the candidates on these 3 questions:
The Green New Deal: Have they voted for or publicly supported a Green New Deal, as defined by the resolutions introduced by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey?
The Keep it in the Ground Test: Climate science demands we rapidly transition away from fossil fuels. Have they taken actions to keep fossil fuels in the ground by opposing new coal, oil, and gas projects?
The No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge: Have they signed the pledge to refuse money from oil, coal, and gas corporations?
You can mouse over each candidate’s score for more information on how they received their grade on each issue, or check out our research and tracking document here for more detail. If you have questions, concerns, or new information — or if you’re a candidate who thinks your score on an issue should be changed — feel free to reach out to us at email@example.com.
He endorsed the Green New Deal during an appearance on CNN’s State of the Union. It matches a sense of urgency about that problem of climate change with a sense of opportunity around what the solutions might represent.”
Hickenlooper has been an outspoken supporter of the oil and gas industry in Colorado and even once drank Haliburton Co.’s patented CleanStim fracking fluid in an attempt to prove the industry did not pose a threat to the environment and public health. He also strongly opposed a 2018 statewide ballot initiative that would have kept fracking rigs a safe distance from schools and homes.
Inslee has voiced support of the Green New Deal and wants to repeal the Senate filibuster to pass federal climate legislation. “I am totally in sync and believe that it is exactly what I have said for decades,” he told David Roberts of Vox.
As Governor of Washington, he denied permits for what would have been nation’s largest oil-by-rail terminal in 2018. Tweeted “We must stop new fossil fuel leasing so we can build a clean energy future” in March 2019. However, an ongoing campaign in Washington state against Puget Sound Energy’s Tacoma LNG terminal targets Inslee, and local groups are still urging him to reject the LNG proposal.
He voiced moderate support for the Green New Deal in an interview with CityLab: “I support the urgency, and the end goal of that proposal. There’s no question that we must take immediate action when it comes to climate change.”
Yang has tweeted that he is “aligned and on board” for the Green New Deal and parts of his climate platform align with the Green New Deal.
Yang’s platform calls for an end to subsidies to the fossil fuel industry and empowering the EPA to regulate carbon emissions while prioritizing renewable energy and sustainable infrastructure, but has not explicitly embraced a phaseout of fossil fuels. He equivocated when asked in New Hampshire in March 2019.
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Polling on the 2020 Climate Test
In March 2019, 350 Action and progressive think tank Data for Progress worked with polling firm YouGov Blue to survey voters about the questions on our climate test. The results: there’s strong support for bold climate solutions. Read our memo for our findings and analysis.