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ICYMI: Climate Power 2020 Launches Campaign to Change the Politics of Climate

May 13, 2020

ICYMI — LCV is very excited about the launch of Climate Power 2020, an independently run project created by LCV, Center for American Progress Action Fund and Sierra Club. For more information, check out the press release from Climate Power 2020 below and

The following statement on the launch of Climate Power 2020 is attributable to LCV Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Tiernan Sittenfeld:

“The Climate Power 2020 campaign is launching at a time when the need to win on climate is greater than ever. When the Trump administration ignores experts and science, they also ignore the reality of people who already feel the impacts of toxic pollution and climate change. That has real consequences for communities across the country, especially for frontline communities and communities of color. We are proud to be part of this effort to lift up the voices of people nationwide who are demanding action on the climate crisis.”   

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Climate Power 2020 Launches Campaign to Change the Politics of Climate

Washington, D.C. – Today, a team of seasoned political strategists, content creators, digital organizers, activists, and communications operatives are launching Climate Power 2020 — a campaign dedicated to changing the politics of climate in 2020.

This year is a defining moment in our country’s history, and the stakes couldn’t be any higher. The next administration and Congress must emerge from this year’s elections emboldened to take immediate action on climate change.

“President Trump must be held accountable for his rejection of science, facts, and reality. For both COVID-19 and the climate crisis, the anti-science policies from this administration are pushing our nation into crisis. Today, it fueled a pandemic. Tomorrow, we will see the consequences in a world destabilized by climate change,” said John Podesta, former White House senior advisor to Presidents Clinton and Obama. “Climate Power 2020 will change the politics of climate — pushing all candidates to aggressively campaign on climate action and holding science-denying campaigns accountable.”

This campaign will put the Trump administration on defense every single day for ignoring experts, refusing to believe in science, putting big oil executives in charge of our government, and gutting public health protections — failing our nation at the expense of future generations. We’ll also demonstrate that climate is a winning issue so candidates up-and-down the ballot campaign aggressively on climate change and a just and equitable economy.

Additionally, Climate Power 2020 will fight back against the Trump administration’s and its allies’ spread of disinformation and false facts about climate action, such as attacks on solutions like the Green New Deal.

Climate Power 2020 is a national operation with a focus on Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. By elevating the climate crisis in national and state conversations and aggressively putting the Trump administration on defense for selling our future to his special interest friends, Climate Power 2020 will build the momentum necessary for bold action in 2021.

Climate Power 2020 also announced today its Advisory Board members, including:

● Founder of Fair Fight and the Southern Economic Advancement Project Stacey Abrams
● Former Director of Public Engagement at the US Environmental Protection Agency Amanda Aguirre
● Vice President of Environmental Justice, Climate, and Community Revitalization at the National Wildlife Federation Mustafa Ali
● Chair of the Board of the League of Conservation Voters Carol Browner
Abdul El-Sayed, Physician, Epidemiologist, Progressive Activist. Chair of Southpaw Michigan
● Climate Jobs National Resource Center, and former Secretary-Treasurer, SEIU Mike Fishman
Rhiana Gunn-Wright, Co-Author of the Green New Deal
● Former Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Dr. John Holdren
Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, Founder/CEO, Ocean Collectiv
● Former Secretary of State John Kerry
Bill Lipton, Working Families Party
● Climate Strike Partnerships Coordinator at the Future Coalition and co-founder of the International Indigenous Youth Council Thomas Lopez
Greisa Martinez, Deputy Executive Director, United We Dream
● President and CEO of the NRDC Action Fund and former EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy
● Former South Carolina state representative and founder of Regenesis Harold Mitchell
● Former Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz
● Advisor to Presidents Clinton and Obama, John Podesta
● United States Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power
● Former Senator Harry Reid
● Former Investor, Philanthropist, and Founder of NextGen America Tom Steyer
● Advocate for People and Planet, North America Director at Tamara Toles O’Laughlin
Varshini Prakash, Executive Director and Co-Founder, Sunrise Movement
Jamal Raad, Co-founder and Campaign Director, Evergreen Action
● Chief of Staff and National Political Director, Indivisible Maria Urbina

Recent Climate Power 2020 polling has shown Latino voters, people under 35 years old, African Americans, and Republican-leaning women, are more likely to strongly support a candidate who takes concrete action to combat climate change. That motivation increases significantly after hearing about President Donald Trump’s failed record on climate change. If mobilized, these individuals would force a conversation on climate change and force anti-science candidates, including President Trump, to defend policy failures and corruption, and to campaign aggressively on climate policy.

Climate Power 2020 is an independently run project created by the Center for American Progress Action Fund, the League of Conservation Voters, and the Sierra Club.