The 2020 Climate Test

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 350action@350.org.

Candidate

Supports a Green New Deal?

Passes the Keep it in the Ground Test?

Signed No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge?

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Michael Bennet

Michael Bennet

Question Mark - no position He has not taken a public position on the Green New Deal and voted present instead of supporting Senator Markey’s 2019 Green New Deal Resolution.
NO, Does not support Bennet has voted in support of the Keystone XL Pipeline in 2013,2014, and maintained support in 2015. Bennet did not cosponsor the Keep It In The Ground Act of 2017.
Green check mark - Yes!He signed the No Fossl Fuel Money Pledge in June 2019.
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Joe Biden

Joe Biden

Question Mark - no position Biden rolled out a climate platform that takes aspects of the Green New Deal but promotes demonstrably false solutions like carbon capture that will continue to lock us into fossil fuel dependence and investments that harm communities.
Question Mark - no position Tepidly came out against KXL in 2013: “I asked him about the administration’s commitment to making progress on climate and whether the president would reject the pipeline. He looked at the Sierra Club hat on my head, and he said “yes, I do — I share your views — but I am in the minority,” and he smiled. …”
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Cory Booker

Cory Booker

Green check mark - Yes! Booker co-sponsored Senator Markey’s February 2019 Green New Deal Senate Resolution. See his statement here, and a tweet in support of the resolution here.
Green check mark - Yes! Co-sponsored the 100 by 50 Act of 2017, voted no on Keystone XL, Did not co-sponsor the Keep It In the Ground Act of 2017urged the DOJ to investigate and monitor police treatment of protestors at Standing Rock, and applauded Army Corps denial of easement for construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline under Lake Oahe.
Green check mark - Yes! He signed the pledge on June 1, 2019.
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Pete Buttigieg

Pete Buttigieg

Green check mark - Yes! 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.”
Question Mark - no position His stance is unclear or not well documented.
Green check mark - Yes! Signed the pledge on March 27, 2019.
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Julián Castro

Julián Castro

Green check mark - Yes! Tweet of quote from announcement speech: “We’re gonna say no to subsidizing big oil and say yes to passing a Green New Deal.”
Green check mark - Yes!In his first 100 days, Castro says he would ban all fossil fuel production on public lands.
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John Delaney

John Delaney

NO, Does not support He tweeted that the Green New Deal is “impossible” and “a step backwards” and confirmed opposition in an interview.
Question Mark - no position Voted against KXL in 2015, but otherwise unclear.
NO, Does not support Has not signed the pledge.
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Tulsi Gabbard

Tulsi Gabbard

Question Mark - no position Unclear: she signed a letter in support of a Select Committee for a Green New Deal, but did not co-sponsor Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’s 2019 House Resolution. She stated she is “still reviewing” it.
Green check mark - Yes! She introduced the OFF Act, which would keep fossil fuels in the ground. She strongly opposed the Dakota Access Pipeline and Keystone XL Pipeline on several occasions, including joining fellow veterans in a 2016 protest against DAPL.
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Amy Klobuchar

Amy Klobuchar

Green check mark - Yes! She co-sponsored Senator Markey’s February 2019 Green New Deal Senate Resolution and described GND as “aspirational” in a CNN.
Question Mark - no position Did not co-sponsor the Keep It In the Ground Act or the 100 by 50 Act of 2017, but did vote no on the Keystone XL Pipeline.
Green check mark - Yes! She has signed the pledge.
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Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders

Green check mark - Yes! He co-sponsored Senator Markey’s February 2019 Green New Deal Senate Resolution
Green check mark - Yes! His campaign platform includes banning fracking and new fossil fuel infrastructure, prohibiting new leases for drilling on public lands, and ending fossil fuel exports. He also co-sponsored the Keep It In the Ground Act and the 100 by 50 Act of 2017, voted no on the Keystone XL Pipeline, and organized a letter from 5 Senators to Pres. Obama opposing DAPL
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Tom Steyer

Tom Steyer

Green check mark - Yes!Steyer’s Climate Plan Framework indicates that he supports a Green New Deal, and will challenge Congress to pass it. If Congress does not act, he will call a national emergency to force climate action.
Green check mark - Yes! His Climate Plan Framework commits to, “Keep publicly-owned oil, coal, and gas in the ground by stopping the expansion of fossil fuel leases and establishing a careful process to wind down federal onshore and offshore fossil fuel production.
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Elizabeth Warren

Elizabeth Warren

Green check mark - Yes! She co-sponsored Senator Markey’s February 2019 Green New Deal Senate Resolution, said she supported “the idea of” a GND in Dec 2018, and has said her proposed “Ultra Millionaire Tax” could pay for GND.
Green check mark - Yes! If elected, promised an executive order to prohibit new leases for drilling offshore and on public lands. She also co-sponsored the Keep It In the Ground Act of 2017, voted no on Keystone Pipeline, and came out with a statement against DAPL (but after the major fight was over)
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Marianne Williamson

Marianne Williamson

Green check mark - Yes! Williamson states clear support for the Green New Deal on her campaign website.
Green check mark - Yes! The “Climate Crisis” section of her campaign website recommends the US “transition away from fossil fuel energy and halt all new fossil fuel projects.”
Green check mark - Yes! She has signed the pledge.
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Andrew Yang

Andrew Yang

Green check mark - Yes! 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.
Question Mark - no position 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.
Green check mark - Yes! Yang signed the pledge in New Hampshire in March 2019
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Donald Trump

Donald Trump

NO, Does not support
NO, Does not support
NO, Does not support

Trump opposes the climate solutions we need. Speak up to help replace him with a real climate leader in 2020.

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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.

Climate Test Polling Memo

Sources and research

How are we deciding how each candidate scores on the climate test? Check out our research and tracking document for sources and more information on where the candidates stand.

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