Virtual Debates: 2020 Presidential Issues

Environment

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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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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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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 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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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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Tim Ryan

Climate change is one of the greatest existential threats facing our planet, and the clock is ticking. We can’t just reduce climate change — we need to reverse it! As President, that begins by rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement. We must show greater leadership through strong, decisive action. That means committing to a future that is 100% carbon neutral and laying out a pragmatic, climate-conscious energy policy to get us there.

Source: Candidate Website

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Kamala Harris

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Joe Walsh

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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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Pete Buttigieg

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

Source: South Carolina Democratic Convention (June 2019)

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Beto O'Rourke

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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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Seth Moulton

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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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Mark Sanford

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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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Kirsten Gillibrand

Kirsten was one of the first supporters of the Green New Deal, a moonshot strategy that would take major steps to save our planet by investing in infrastructure, creating a green jobs economy and protecting clean air and water. We can get to a net-zero emissions economy by creating tax incentives to reward innovation and investment in renewable energy technology. We also need to put a price on carbon to steer companies away from fossil fuels and toward clean and renewable energy sources. We also need to rejoin the Paris climate agreement, stop the expansion of offshore drilling and drilling on public lands, and require companies to report climate risks.

Source: Campaign Website

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Mike Gravel

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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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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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Bill Weld

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Steve Bullock

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Cory Booker

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Elizabeth Warren

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Michael Bennet

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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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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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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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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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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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