With nearly every presidential candidate crisscrossing Iowa over the last week, the Hawkeye State has been a hotbed of climate news.
Most notably, Pete Buttigieg released a rural plan that called for investing in and empowering rural communities to lead the way in combating climate change:
“Rural communities – from farmers to farm workers to Native American tribes – are at the frontlines of climate change. Water quality, arable land, weather emergencies, community relocation, livestock, and crop yields are all impacted by climate disruption. While communities have already begun adapting to the changes, Pete also wants them to become the engines of innovation for addressing climate change and economic growth.”
As we noted last week – and as multiple news outlets have also reported this week – the presidential candidates are increasingly incorporating agriculture into their climate change plans while also incorporating climate change into their agriculture plans. In fact, the recent UN IPCC special report on climate change and land is crystal clear: lands have to be a part of our climate solution – or else we’re screwed.
Here are some other climate highlights from Iowa this week:
Elsewhere this week, Elizabeth Warren, Jay Inslee, and Bernie Sanders became the first presidential candidates to take the “No KXL Pledge” – making it clear that on day one in office they will revoke the unprecedented, unilateral permit that President Trump issued for the controversial pipeline.
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