Virtual Debates: 2020 Presidential Issues

Environment

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Bernie Sanders

If we believe that we need to take on climate change and save out planet for future generations we must take on the lies of the fossil fuel industry.

Source: Iowa Democratic Hall of Fame (May 2019)

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Steve Bullock

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Eric Swalwell

I don't like calling it climate change, change can be good. Let's call it climate chaos - because there is nothing good about the flooding in the midwest, or the fires every season in California, or more and more hurricanes in the southeast.

Source: South Carolina Democratic Convention (June 2019)

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Joe Sestak

Climate change and environmental collapse are twin problems that threaten the very existence of life as we know it on this planet. Solving them presents our generation with the greatest challenge in human history — and it is imperative that we rise to meet this challenge. The stakes are just too high if we fail. As President, I will make stopping climate change and preventing environmental collapse the key national priorities they need to be. We owe future generations of humanity nothing less.

Source: Candidate Website

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Seth Moulton

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Elizabeth Warren

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Kamala Harris

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Beto O'Rourke

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Joe Biden

Climate change threatens communities across the country, from beachfront coastal towns to rural farms in the heartland. We must turbocharge our efforts to address climate change and ensure that every American has access to clean drinking water, clean air, and an environment free from pollutants.

Source: Campaign Website

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Michael Bennet

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Tom Steyer

In 2013, he founded NextGen America, a nonprofit group that combats climate change, promotes social justice and increases participation in our democracy through voter registration and grassroots organizing.

Source: Candidate Website

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Andrew Yang

Invest heavily in carbon capture and geoengineering technologies designed to reverse the damage already done to the environment through a new Global Geoengineering Institute and invite international participation. Invest in any idea that has the potential to reverse the damage done to the environment, for example cloud-seeding technology to increase the atmosphere’s reflectivity. End the current tax benefits and cuts given to fossil fuel companies which give them an unwarranted competitive advantage over alternative energy sources.

Source: Campaign Website

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Pete Buttigieg

Let's recognize that climate disruption is a national security threat.

Source: South Carolina Democratic Convention (June 2019)

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Bill de Blasio

After President Donald Trump pulled out of the Paris climate agreement, de Blasio signed an executive order that committed New York City to upholding the international agreement.

Source: PBS

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John Delaney

Calling for the implementation of a carbon tax and dividend, investing in negative emissions technology that will remove carbon from the atmosphere, and increasing the renewable energy research budget 5x, Delaney proposes the creation of the Climate Corps. The Climate Corps would be part of his National Service Program and would provide opportunities for recent high school graduates to work in low-income urban and rural communities.

Source: Candidate Website

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Julián Castro

The first thing I would do as president is to sign an executive order to recommitting the United States to the Paris Climate Accords so that we lead again on sustainability, and we follow that up with investment to get to zero emissions and create jobs in the new green economy.

Source: South Carolina Democratic Convention (June 2019)

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Marianne Williamson

Action is needed to address climate change. Halt all new fossil fuel projects, and restart the Obama-era Clean Power Plan. Place a temporary ban on new oil and gas fracking, and invest in electric vehicle production and high-speed trains.

Source: PBS

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Jay Inslee

If you know anything about me then you know that I am unique among the candidates (and we have a lot of great candidates in this race - I've already identified 18 potential vice presidents...) but I've got one thing that I'm unique on and I want you to think about for a moment: South Carolina is under attack. Iowa is under attack. California is under attack. Washington is under attack. They are under attack by the existential threat of the climate crisis. We are the first generation to feel the sting of climate change, and we are the last generation who can do something about it. If you elect me as president, I will make defeating the climate crisis the number one priority of America.

Source: South Carolina Democratic Convention (June 2019)

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John Hickenlooper

When I am president we will tackle climate change head on, not with a federal jobs guarantee, but with a laser-like focus.

Source: South Carolina Democratic Convention (June 2019)

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Wayne Messam

In Florida, we are ground zero for climate change. As a mayor I know not only what it means to prepare for emergency response, but to take the brunt of a storm, and to help a community heal and giving them the resources that they need.

Source: South Carolina Democratic Convention (June 2019)

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Tulsi Gabbard

I'll tackle climate change by ushering in a green century, ending tax payer subsidies to big fossil fuel giants and multi-national agribusiness, ban offshore drilling, protect our environment and harness technology to create jobs and provide better opportunity, provide better opportunities for our farmers to make a good living, and make sure every American has clean air to breath and clean water to drink.

Source: South Carolina Democratic Convention (June 2019)

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Donald Trump

Trump announced the U.S. would withdraw from the Paris climate accord, the international agreement aimed at reducing global greenhouse gas emissions.

Source: PBS

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Cory Booker

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Amy Klobuchar

deeply committed to tackling the climate crisis and believes that it is an urgent priority for our communities, for our economy and for our planet. She is a co-sponsor of a Green New Deal and has signed the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge. On day one of Amy’s presidency she will get us back into the International Climate Change Agreement. On day two and day three, she will bring back the clean power rules and gas mileage standards that the Obama Administration put into place.

Source: Candidate Website

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Mike Gravel

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Tim Ryan

A national commitment to clean energy not only reduces our carbon footprint but also creates opportunities for new, good-paying jobs in communities across the country. There are 800 component parts that make up a new wind turbine, there will be almost 30 million electric vehicles estimated to be on the road by 2030, the solar industry is growing at 50 percent annually — someone is going to build these things, and I want them all built right here in the United States.

Source: Candidate Website

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Kirsten Gillibrand

We should also treat the urgent need to act on climate change as an economic opportunity. When we invest in green technology, spur innovation and incentivize the use of renewable energy under the Green New Deal, we’ll also invest in massive new technical skills training and create family-supporting, sustainable jobs for the future.

Source: Campaign Website

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Bill Weld

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