Climate voters vote
Trump’s record on environmental and climate policy trumps any positive rhetoric
The Trump administration has spent much of the last four years in a “running attack on science,” including its continued denial of science and evidence-based methods during the COVID-19 pandemic. While Republicans made headlines earlier in 2020 for its “trillion trees climate solution,” much of what we’ve seen has fallen woefully short (or done the exact opposite) of addressing climate impacts and emissions reductions including: burying research on renewable energy, creating internal roadblocks for climate science, reversing nearly 100 environmental regulations, and stacking high level positions with oil and gas lobbyists.
Biden-Harris center environmental justice among moving targets for climate action
Candidate Joe Biden made a big splash in the final debate last week with calls to address global warming and “transition off oil”, but softened rhetoric throughout the following week. It is a fine line for Democrats who are hoping to appeal to younger voters for whom climate is a “generation-defining” issue, while also balancing between fossil fuel industry protections and the political realities of the near-future. Still, Biden’s efforts to focus on environmental justice, indigenous communities, and long-standing inequities did not go unnoticed. The campaign released a climate and environmental agenda that pledges to direct 40 percent of his administration’s investment in “a clean-energy revolution” directly toward disadvantaged communities and a plan for tribal nations that acknowledges the particular threats to indigenous communities.
Corporate climate commitments at odds with contributions
Pollution continues to be a multiplier for health impacts
One thing you can do
Help reach voters who do not vote often! No matter folks political party, more people voting creates a stronger democracy. Contact friends and family in your community and express the importance of voting in this year’s election. There are many non-partisan efforts before Tuesday to help contact first-time and unlikely voters to make sure they also return their ballots. https://www.rockthevote.org/get-involved/relational-organizing/