2020 Presidential Climate Platforms

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2020 Presidential Climate Platforms

Holden Payne, Alumni Contributor

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Bernie Sanders (Senator- Vermont)à 87/100 A

Greenpeace.org and berniesanders.com

  • Agreed to No Fossil Fuel pledge: no campaign donations from fossil fuel companies
  • Implement 10-20-30 legislation to ensure new federal funds are directed to Indian Counties in healthcare, job opportunities, and housing
  • Creation of another Federal Power Marketing Administration to cover uncovered states (6 total) to deliver 100% renewable energy for electricity by 2030
  • $40 Billion dollar Climate Justice resiliency plan
  • Created a climate policy plan that expands upon existing Green New Deal plans and includes:
    • Prosecution for oil and gas corporations
    • Banning fracking and mountaintop removal
    • Invest 16.3 trillion dollars in climate related solutions: specifically to include historically oppressed black, brown and indigenous communities
    • Redistribute funds from military budget and a higher corporate tax to fund plan
  • Co-sponsored a variety of climate and climate response related bills such as:
    • Res.59: Green New Deal (2019)
    • 987: 100% renewable by 2050 act in Congress (2017)
    • 750: Keep in the Ground act- prohibits the creation of new leases for oil, gas, drilling etc along any coast (2017)
    • 1996: Environmental Justice Act (2017)
    • 1041: End Polluter Welfare act- Ends royalties for oil and natural gas companies drilling on the outer coast (2015)
    • 1487: bill to require 100% zero emission vehicles by 2040 (2019)

Elizabeth Warren  (Senator- Massachusetts)à84/100 A-

Greenpeace.org and elizabethwarren.com

  • Agreed to No Fossil Fuel pledge: no campaign donations from fossil fuel companies
  • Original supporter of green new deal
  • Co-sponsored a variety of climate and climate response related bills such as:
    • Res.59: Green New Deal (2019)
    • 750: Keep in the Ground act- prohibits the creation of new leases for oil, gas, drilling etc along any coast (2017)
    • 1996: Environmental Justice Act (2017)
    • 3064: Workers Freedom to Negotiate Act (2018)
  • Aims to pass executive orders to force publicly traded companies to disclose the “likely effect on the company if climate change continues at its current pace and the likely effect on the company if the world successfully restricts greenhouse gas emissions to meet the targets of the Paris Agreement”
  • 2 trillion dollar investment in green manufacturing and clean energy research
  • 10-year plan to achieve 100% clean energy for America via decarbonization of the economy through 400 billion dollar investment in R&D over 10-years
  • Require 100% carbon-neutral power by 2030 for Utilities
  • the Pentagon should achieve net zero carbon emissions for all its non-combat bases and infrastructure by 2030.”
  • DOD contracts for private military contractors comes with the caveat that contractors who have not reached the net zero by 2030 goal will pay a fee of 1% of the value of their contract to fund making a more resilient military

 

Cory Booker  (Senator- New Jersey)à82.5/100 A-

Greenpeace.org, U.S Senate Press Release Sept. 10th, and corybooker.com

  • Agreed to No Fossil Fuel pledge: no campaign donations from fossil fuel companies
  • Eliminates Fossil Fuel Subsidies, bars new leases, phases out fracking
  • Achieve 100% carbon free electricity by 2030
  • Introduced the Climate Stewardship Act (2019): S Senate Press Release
    • “Proposal calls for funding voluntary farm stewardship on >100 million acres, planting >15 billion trees, restoring >2 million acres of coastal wetlands”
    • Reestablish the Civilian Conservation Corps and provide 10s of billions of dollars for USDA working land conservation programs focused on stewardship practices including rotational grazing, improved fertilizer efficiency, and planting cover crops.
    • “Restore or protect over 2 million acres of coastal wetlands by 2030 to sequester carbon emissions and reduce coastal flooding.”
  • Co-sponsored a variety of climate and climate response related bills such as:
    • Res.59: Green New Deal
    • 750: Keep in the Ground act- prohibits the creation of new leases for oil, gas, drilling etc along any coast (2017)
    • 1996: Environmental Justice Act (2017)
    • 987: 100% renewable by 2050 act in Congress (2017)
    • 828: prohibits seismic testing for Atlantic offshore drilling (2017)
    • 991: Stop artic drilling act of (2017)
    • 3064: Workers Freedom to Negotiate Act (2018)
  • Passenger vehicles after 2030 must be zero emission
  • Creation of an Environmental Justice Fund seeded with $50 billion a year
  • Hold corporation integrators legally responsible for the harm caused by CAFOs; especially to low-income communities
  • Triple Superfund tax on chemical and oil companies to pay for spills
  • Carbon Neutral economy by 2045, facilitated by a carbon fee on fossil fuel companies(carbon tax)

Kamala Harris  (Senator- California)à72.5/100 B+ 

Greenpeace.org and kamalaharris.org

  • Agreed to No Fossil Fuel pledge: no campaign donations from fossil fuel companies
  • By 2030: all new buildings will be carbon neutral, electricity will be 100% carbon neutral, all New buses, heavy-duty vehicles, and fleets will be zero emission, carbon neutral economy by 2045
  • Announced the Climate Equity Act: to ensure all communities will take part in the benefits of a cleaner economy; creates an independent office of Environmental Justice and Accountability
  • Co-sponsored a variety of climate and climate response related bills such as:
    • Res.59: Green New Deal
    • 1996: Environmental Justice Act (2017)
    • 1487: bill to require 100% zero emission vehicles by 2040 (2019)
    • 999: Anti-Drilling Act (2017)
    • 991: Stop artic drilling act of (2017)
    • 1710: Close Big Oil Tax Loophole Act (2017)
    • Introduced Living Shorelines Act: (2018)
    • 3064: Workers Freedom to Negotiate Act (2018)
  • Water Justice Act: Declares a Drinking Water infrastructure emergency and invests $250 billion over 5 years to repair, replace, and install new infrastructure
  • Creation of a climate pollution fee on big time emitters that progressively increases
  • Introduce funding for electricity infrastructure projects through creation of a “green bank”
  • Creation of 21st Century Skills act to help workers currently unemployed, displaced, or dislocated get $8000 for assistance in skills training related to a cleaner economy
  • $60 Billion plan to boost STEM programs at Historically Black and Brown Universities

 

Joe Biden (Former VP and Senator Delaware)à72/100 B+

Joebiden.com and Greenpeace.org

  • 100% clean energy economy and net zero emissions by 2050
  • Redistribute Oil company tax incentives to solar and renewable energy companies
  • Federal investment of $1.7 trillion over the next 10 years; leveraged with additional private sector, state and local investments to total $5 trillion
  • Reversing corporate tax cuts under Trump
  • 1998 Champion of Tropical Forest Act
  • Conserving $30 percent of America’s Natural Lands and Waters by 2030
  • Double offshore wind energy production by 2030 and ban oil, drilling, and fracking on public lands
  • Investment of $400 Billion over 10 years in R&D
  • Restore electric vehicle tax credit
  • Expand America’s high speed rail network
  • Embrace the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol to curb the release of Hydrofluorocarbons
  • Create a Clean Energy Export and Climate Investment Initiative.
  • Creation of a new Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA-C) specifically focused on climate with goals to:
    • Small modular nuclear reactors at half construction costs
    • Zero net energy buildings at zero net cost
    • Use renewables to produce hydrogen at same cost as shale gas

Julián Castro (Former Secretary of Housing)à68.5/100 B

Greenpeace.org and issue.juliancastro.org

  • Net zero emissions by 2045 and at least %50 percent reduction by 2030
  • Electrical power to be carbon neutral by 2030 and clean, renewable and zero emission by 2035, vehicle fleets and new buildings are all zero emission by 2030
  • End taxpayer subsidies of fossil fuels and end drilling and fracking on public lands
  • Establishment of a National Climate Council to coordinate federal government climate action
  • Require by law all federal actions to be review for environmental and health impacts on marginalized communities
  • Reinstate and increase the Superfund tax to hold polluters accountable for their environmental harm
  • $50 billion dollar investment in removing lead as a public health threat
  • Creation of new “Climate” refugee category for accepting immigrants
  • Creation of a $200 billion dollar green infrastructure fund
  • Natural Infrastructure revolving fund with $50 billion in capital over 10 years to support wetland restoration, soil conservation, reforestation, mangrove and living barrier systems
  • Announced the Climate Equity Act: to ensure all communities will take part in the benefits of a cleaner economy; creates an independent office of Environmental Justice and Accountability
  • Public support of investment in clean energy notably solar and defunding coal plants while serving as San Antonio Mayor
  • Expanding post flood and natural disaster federal buyout programs

Pete Buttgieg (Mayor South Bend, Indiana)à66/100 B

Greenpeace.org and peteforamerica.org

  • Agreed to No Fossil Fuel pledge: no campaign donations from fossil fuel companies
  • Creation of price on carbon and use revenue to fund green transition
  • Investment of $200 Billion over 10 years in clean energy R&D
  • Creation of Regional Resilience Hubs with $5 billion a year funding in Resilient America Grants to support resilient infrastructure
  • Creation of a Natural Catastrophic Disaster Insurance program
  • Creation of a senior climate security role in the Department of Defense to better help the military prepare for future risks of climate change
  • Clean Energy Victory Plan on day 1 in office
  • Goals by year including:
    • 2025- double clean energy production
    • 2035- clean electricity zero emissions program and zero emission passenger vehicles
    • 2040- zero emission New buses, heavy-duty vehicles, rails, ships, and aircrafts and a carbon removal economy
    • 2050-Achieve net zero emissions from industry
  • Creation of 3 investment funds to spur clean innovation:
    • $250 Billion American Clean Bank: to fund local energy projects
    • $250 Billion Global Investment Initiative: for harnessing American innovation globally and counter China’s Belt and Road
    • $50 Billion American Cleantech Fund: for demonstration projects
  • Issue U.S Climate Action bonds
  • Establishment of a national Clean Energy Standard (CES) setting national standards for electricity generation while letting state and local authorities reach goals

 

Beto O’Rourke (House Rep. Texas )à60.5/100 B-

Greenpeace.org, Washington Post Climate Survey, scorecard.lcv.org  and betoorourke.com

  • Agreed to No Fossil Fuel pledge: no campaign donations from fossil fuel companies and Net Zero emissions by 2050
  • Day 1 reduce methane leakage from natural gas facilities and phase our hydrofluorocarbons
  • Setting a net zero by 2030 carbon emissions standard for federal lands and stop oil royalties and drilling permits on public lands
  • Mobilization of 5 trillion dollars over 10 years:
    • Beginning with $1.5 trillion in federal investment
    • $1 trillion in “performance based” tax incentives for R$D innovation
    • $3 trillion in existing financial institutions such as the Rural Utility service and a new finance authority on the green transition
  • Invest $1.2 trillion in federal grants for affordable housing, small businesses, farming and ranching, transportation, and public health among others
  • Set a legally enforceable precedent in his first 100 days ensuring we reach carbon neutrality by 2050
  • Increase 10-fold spending on pre-disaster mitigation grants and supporting efforts to incentivize more resilient evidence-based risk reduction measures
  • Limit or regulate, not ban fracking: Washington Post Climate Survey
  • $250 Billion in grants for Research and Development in national labs , public, private, and land grant universities
  • Received a %94 pro-environment score from the League of Conservation Votes for his various por-environment decisions in 2018: lcv.org

Andrew Yang (Entrepreneur )à47/100 C+

Greenpeace.org  and yang2020.com

  • Agreed to No Fossil Fuel pledge: no campaign donations from fossil fuel companies
  • Ban anyone who serves in my administration from lobbying for a period of time after they leave their position.”
  • $4.87 Trillion investment over 20 years that includes yet is not limited to:
    • $50 Billion investment in clean, safe nuclear power over 5 years with thorium
    • $285.5 Billion invested in sustainable agricultural, forestry, and land methods over 15 years
    • $200 billion invested in grid modernization over 15 years
    • $800 billion invested in geoengineering research methods i.e. Carbon Capture
    • $3 trillion to finance loans for household investments in renewable energy over 20 years
  • Ends subsidization of oil companies through royalties or tax breaks, and corporations valued over $1 billion must fill environmental impact reports
  • Carbon Fee and dividend program that:
    • Sets an initial carbon tax of $40/ton, which would increase in regular intervals of $5/ton for the first 4 years and then $10/ton until it hits $100/ton.
    • Creates a border carbon adjustment to protect American goods that would:
      • Charge a fee on imports from countries that don’t impose a similar carbon fee, or some type of carbon tax.
      • Provide a rebate on exports to countries that don’t impose a similar carbon fee, or some type of carbon tax.
      • Dedicate at least half of the money raised through the fee to dividends specifically designed to help Americans afford transitions to sustainable energy sources and vehicles.
    • $10 billion dollars in debt forgiveness for rural electric co-ops to transition to renewable energy sources
    • Expand the measure of the GDP to include measurements of: Environmental quality and sustainability, Affordability of energy costs, Childhood success rates, Environment-related health outcomes, Quality of infrastructure
    • Pass Climate Risk Disclosure bills to incentivize divestment in oil companies and other heavy polluting industries.
    • Timeline for Emission reduction goals
    • 2025 – Establish net-zero standards for new buildings
    • 2027 – New nuclear reactors begin to come online
    • 2030 – Zero-emission standard for all new cars
    • 2035 – 100% emissions free electric grid
    • 2040 – Net-zero for all transportation sectors
    • 2045 – 85% methane recapture
    • 2049 – Fully green economy


Amy Klobuchar (Senator-Minnesota )à52.5/100 B+

Greenpeace.org and medium.com/AmyforAmerica

  • Agreed to No Fossil Fuel pledge: no campaign donations from fossil fuel companies and Net Zero emissions by 2050
  • Hold fossil fuel companies accountable by ending some subsidies and passing an amendment to overturn Citizens United
  • Co-sponsored S.Res.59: the Green New Deal (2019) and S.1710: Close Big Oil tax loopholes (2017) and S.089: American Energy Innovation act (2015)
  • Create a “technology neutral tax credit to support production of or investment into clean sources of energy.”
  • Restore and expand Clean Power Plan and enforce a price on Carbon
  • Create a “Buy Clean” product labeling system to incentivize industry production of clean products
  • Institute an import fee on carbon intensive products
  • Invest in rural wind and solar infrastructure projects to assist rural coops in transitioning to greener power sources
  • Expand and pass into law the Expanding Access to Sustainable Energy (EASE) act to provide rural coops access to technological help to reach their goals
  • Develop clean energy bonds to support investment in greener technologies
  • $1 Trillion infrastructure package that includes:
    • Retrofit buildings
    • Promote effective zoning rules to minimize climate impacts
    • Build climate resiliency into federal infrastructure projects
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