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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Steve Bullock

Steve Bullock

NO, Does not support 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.”
NO, Does not support Supported the Keystone Pipeline and condemned Obama’s decision to reject its permits. Initially sent Montana police forces to Standing Rock protests but paused that after consultations with local tribal leaders and reports of police violence. He also supported Obama’s halting of Dakota Access Pipeline construction.
NO, Does not support He has not signed the No Fossl Fuel Money Pledge.
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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.”
Question Mark - no position His stance is unclear or not well documented.
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Bill De Blasio

Bill De Blasio

Green check mark - Yes! 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.”.
Green check mark - Yes! 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.’”
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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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Kirsten Gillibrand

Kirsten Gillibrand

Green check mark - Yes! She co-sponsored Senator Markey’s February 2019 Green New Deal Senate Resolution, and wrote a letter detailing her vision on building out a GND.
Green check mark - Yes! She co-sponsored the Keep It In the Ground Act of 2017, voted no on the Keystone XL Pipeline and released a statement opposing it in 2015.
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Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris

Green check mark - Yes! She co-sponsored Senator Markey’s February 2019 Green New Deal Senate Resolution and released a blog and tweet supporting it.
Question Mark - no position She did not co-sponsor the Keep It In the Ground Act or 100 by 50 Act of 2017. She has tweeted against the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines. 
Green check mark - Yes! She has signed the pledge as of June 1, 2019.
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John Hickenlooper

John Hickenlooper

NO, Does not support Hickenlooper wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post with the headline: “The Green New Deal sets us up for failure. We need a better approach.
NO, Does not support 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.
NO, Does not support He has not signed. He did commit to signing in New Hampshire on March 26, 2019, but then rescinded his signature that same night. Coverage & video here.
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Jay Inslee

Jay Inslee

Green check mark - Yes! 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.
Green check mark - Yes! Inslee released one of the strongest climate plans in the 2020 cycle, including a proposal to Keep it in the Ground, and hold Fossil Fuel companies accountable for the climate crisis. Inslee spoke out against fossil fuel projects in his home state of Washington, including an LNG facility in Tacoma and a methanol facility in Kalama. The Inslee administration rejected a proposed coal export terminal in Longview, WA. Denied permits for what would have been nation’s largest oil-by-rail terminal in 2018. Was urged to take a stance against DAPL by protesters and did not. Wrote op-ed against the Kinder Morgan Pipeline in 2018. Released a statement against the Trans Mountain pipeline. Feb ’19 OCI op-ed demanding he oppose all new oil and gasa projects in state. Tweeted “We must stop new fossil fuel leasing so we can build a clean energy future,” in March 2019. Currently being pressuredto deny permits for large methanol refinery which he has praised in the past.
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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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Wayne Messam

Wayne Messam

Question Mark - no position 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.”
Question Mark - no position His position is not well-documented. He spoke out against oil drilling in the Everglades in an interview with CityLab.
Green check mark - Yes! He has signed the pledge.
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Seth Moulton

Seth Moulton

Question Mark - no position He is a co-sponsor of Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’ February 2019 GND House resolution and supported a House Select Committee on the Green New Deal. However, in a 2019 interview, he described the GND as “divisive” and suggested he would work on an alternate proposal.
Question Mark - no position He voted no against the Keystone Pipeline in 2015, but his position on stopping fossil fuel expansion more broadly is not clear.
Green check mark - Yes! He signed the pledge in 2019.
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Beto O’Rourke

Beto O’Rourke

Green check mark - Yes! O’Rourke is “supportive of the concept” of a Green New Deal and at his first campaign event in Iowa said: “We have no more than twelve years to take incredibly bold action on this.
Question Mark - no positionO’Rourke’s new campaign climate page, commits to blocking new fossil fuel leasing on public lands, and would require any federal permitting to “fully account for climate costs and community impacts.” He was asked whether he would reject the Keystone XL pipeline at a campaign event in April 2019, and said “yes”. O’Rourke has supported natural gas as abridge fuel and alternative to coalbut has a limited voting and public comment record on Keep It In The Ground. O’Rourke told a Food and Water Watch activist on June 1, 2019 that he would not support a federal ban on fracking.
Green check mark - Yes!O’Rourke has signed the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge and returned money in violation as of 05/01/19.
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Tim Ryan

Tim Ryan

Question Mark - no position He is not a co-sponsor of Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’ February 2019 GND House resolution. He used the phrase “Green New Deal” in a Washington Post interview, but has elsewhere indicated he is more supportive of a carbon tax and market-based climate solutions.
Question Mark - no position He voted against the Keystone XL Pipeline and several proposed oil drilling expansions, but as a Representative, has maintained support for a slow phase-out of fossil fuels and the continued use of natural gas.
Green check mark - Yes!He signed the pledge on June 12, 2019.
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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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Joe Sestak

Joe Sestak

Question Mark - no position 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.
Question Mark - no position 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.
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Tom Steyer

Tom Steyer

Green check mark - Yes!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.
Green check mark - Yes! Although Steyer has funding ballot initiative taking on the fossil fuel industry and pushing for renewable energy, his organization, NextGen, has done work with the Keep It In the Ground campaign effort, and in 2017 he called approval of the Keystone Pipeline “tragically shortsighted and stupid” it is unclear if as president he would stop or deny permit for new fossil fuel projects. In a 2016 interview when asked – So should the federal government stop leasing public lands for fossil fuel extraction? His response was mixed.
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Eric Swalwell

Eric Swalwell

Green check mark - Yes! He is a co-sponsor of Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’ February 2019 GND House resolution.
Question Mark - no position He voted twice against the Keystone XL Pipeline in the House of Representatives, but avoided taking a position on the Dakota Access Pipeline and did not join other CA Representatives in calling on Gov Jerry Brown to end fossil fuel extraction.
Green check mark - Yes! He signed the pledge in 2018.
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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

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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.

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