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.
Supports a Green New Deal?
Passes the Keep it in the Ground Test?
Signed No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge?
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.
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.
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. …”
Stated his opposition to the Green New Deal in an interview with Montana Public Radio: “I think that the Green New Deal is a sort of resolution aspiration in Washington D.C., and I’m less, I guess, interested in signing on to resolutions that probably won’t take meaningful steps going forward in Washington D.C. than what are the tangible things that we could start doing now.”
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.”
De BlasioSupported the NY Green New Deal (inspired by resolutions in the Congress) that requires many city buildings to slash carbon emissions, condemns the Williams Pipeline, creates construction jobs, and looks into a plan to close gas- and oil-fueled power plants in favor of renewable sources Supports the Green New Deal resolutionsat the federal level too: “Yeah, I support the federal bill, Congress member Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Markey’s bill. I’ve been very supportive of it.”.
Opposed the Williams Pipeline in NY Delivered letter to 17 banks funding the Dakota Access Pipeline urging them to disinvest: “‘The people of Standing Rock should not be threatened by the greed of a few wealthy oil industry executives,’ said Mayor Bill de Blasio. ‘The Dakota Access Pipeline not only poses a threat to our environment, but to the human, tribal and water rights of the entire Standing Rock Reservation. We deplore allowing our pension funds to run the risks of being associated with such a dangerous and misguided project.’”
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.
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.”
He has not made any public statements on Green New Deal and his Presidential platform does not mention the Green New Deal as a part of his plan.
Although his Presidential platform includes a call to end offshore & arctic drilling and has supported bills in congress that would improve standards of fracking/drilling there is not a call to keep fossil fuels in the group or public statements about opposing Keystone XL or the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Steyer has praised leaders pushing for a Green New Deal but has not made a statement to push or advocate for GND specifically. “From my standpoint, I view the Green New Deal as a way that has been extremely successful about drawing attention to a gigantic problem and reframing it,” Steyer told Hill.TV’s Jamal Simmons.
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.