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?
  • Holding Fossil Fuel Companies Accountable: Do they support holding the fossil fuel industry criminally or financially liable for their lies and misinformation campaigns against the settled science of climate change?

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?

Supports Holding Fossil Fuel Companies Accountable?

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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. …”
Question Mark - no position His climate plan states: “The Biden Administration will take action against fossil fuel companies and other polluters who put profit over people and knowingly harm our environment and poison our communities’ air, land, and water, or conceal information regarding potential environmental and health risks.” However he maintains close ties with fossil fuel executives, including ones that fundraise for him.
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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
Green check mark - Yes! Sanders has made holding fossil fuel companies responsible for the climate crisis a tenet of his campaign and career. He responded to Vox’s questionnaire with this detailed response which are all part of his Green New Deal:
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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)
Green check mark - Yes! Warren’s recently introduced Senate bill would all federal subsidies for fossil fuel leases and development. “require more detailed financial disclosures on risks that publicly traded companies face from climate change that could pave the way for legal action. It would direct the Securities and Exchange Commission to require companies to share how exposed they are to physical risks from climate change, their direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions and how many fossil fuel assets they control. Fossil fuel companies would also have to report their estimated direct and indirect emissions from extraction, processing and eventually combustion of their product. Several cities and states suing fossil fuel companies have used such bedrock data to support claims of harm.” Warren supports ending all federal subsidies for fossil fuel leases and development.
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Donald Trump

Donald Trump

NO, Does not support
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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Are candidates coming to your community?

With your help, we can mobilize to send a clear message to every candidate that our next President needs to pass the 2020 Climate Test. But to get a full field of candidates committed to real climate leadership, we need to take action across the country—especially in key stops on the campaign trail and in candidates’ home districts. We have created a toolkit to help you contact or bird-dog candidates if they’re coming to your community.

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