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Climate Change Suddenly Matters in the 2020 Race. Are the Candidates Ready?

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The polls say this one really could be a climate election. A top climate thinker games out what it means for the candidatesRead full story

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  • How much butter puts environment on the bread of the voters? Much less than economy, salaries or pensions? So environment cannot be at the center stage of a campaign.

  • Any climate action should follow the scientific evidence (Green New Deal, systems change), and the politics should be about how to bring people on board and make sure proper policies are implemented as we have the required systems change (healthcare for all, free housing, etc) – not from inside the Beltway and the prism of elections. If the electorate isn't on board with changes that science says we need to save the planet, then it is the job of politicians to change their minds.

    It's great that

    Any climate action should follow the scientific evidence (Green New Deal, systems change), and the politics should be about how to bring people on board and make sure proper policies are implemented as we have the required systems change (healthcare for all, free housing, etc) – not from inside the Beltway and the prism of elections. If the electorate isn't on board with changes that science says we need to save the planet, then it is the job of politicians to change their minds.

    It's great that so many Dem candidates are putting climate action front and centre but considering the history of most of those candidates' political action, it's no surprise that so many climate activists are pinning their hopes on Bernie.

  • Weiyee IN
    Weiyee INChief Strategy Officer

    It is quite impressive what has happened in the UK with the Extinction movement. That end data points about renewable energy production eclipsing coal create an inflection point in society. The opportunity on the campaign trail is obvious, the real issue is the execution on any of these promises thereafter, has historical track records are appalling.

  • Ah, Bill McKibben, you lay it pretty straight for all to see. Climate Change “Suddenly Matters” in the 2020 Race is a funny title for the article. It’s just a part of the reality of where we’re at though. Big money (i.e. fossil fuel industry) has not wanted this issue a part of the public conversation for 30 years as McKibben notes. It has “suddenly mattered” for over 30 years. Thank all the stars in the sky that we are finally taking the issue on more directly. At this late point in the game, we’re

    Ah, Bill McKibben, you lay it pretty straight for all to see. Climate Change “Suddenly Matters” in the 2020 Race is a funny title for the article. It’s just a part of the reality of where we’re at though. Big money (i.e. fossil fuel industry) has not wanted this issue a part of the public conversation for 30 years as McKibben notes. It has “suddenly mattered” for over 30 years. Thank all the stars in the sky that we are finally taking the issue on more directly. At this late point in the game, we’re at an all hands on deck situation, as in our Earth Ship collectively addressing and confronting the existential threat of climate catastrophe and environmental breakdown. The reports will continue to come out but even more importantly, this precious planet will continue to become less comfortable and less inhabitable every singe day. And yes, we humans are responsible for this in large part.

  • John Gray
    John GrayFormer Banker Risk Management

    What is interesting is that NASA studies climate change and the Federal Reserve wants the banks to be prepared for climate change. Perhaps it is time for the entire world to pa attention.

  • Tom Vikre
    Tom Vikre

    I'm a doubter until there is a very high level of agreement among scientists who are experts in climatology / associated studies.

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