Week In Review: April 12, 2019

Apr 12, 2019

Another candidate joins the race and many candidates supported climate action in television appearances and at events in early states this week.

Representative Eric Swalwell (D-CA) announced his campaign for president on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. In a campaign video, Swalwell said, “Most Americans agree that to address climate chaos, to make sure your house doesn’t end up underwater or on fire, we should do something about it but make sure we’re not pitting workers against their job,”  Swalwell’s first campaign event was a town hall focused on reducing gun violence, where he noted that he will also campaign on other issues, including climate change.

Former Secretary Julián Castro (D-TX) expressed support for investing in clean energy and reducing carbon pollution and called for immediately re-joining the Paris climate agreement. Castro also spoke about climate action and his support for the Paris climate agreement on Real Time with Bill Maher.

Former Representative John Delaney (D-MD) spoke about building bipartisan support for a carbon tax and tweeted about investing in negative emissions technology as a potential way to reduce carbon pollution.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) participated in a town hall on CNN where she doubled down on her support for a Green New Deal to get to net-zero carbon emissions. Answering additional questions in the green room, Gillibrand named climate change as one of three things we have to deal with right now.

Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) hosted a town hall in Iowa where she reiterated her support for a Green New Deal. Harris also highlighted  “floods, and the significance of climate change” as one of the top two issues she hearing about from Iowans.

Climate change came up early and often during CNN’s Town Hall with Governor Jay Inslee (D-WA). Inslee advocated for a just transition to clean energy and to eliminate the Senate filibuster in order to pass climate legislation. He also called out President Trump’s recent false statement on wind energy, noting, “Wind turbines don’t cause cancer. They cause jobs.”

Our Climate Action team in Nevada caught up with Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) as she talked about her support for taking action on climate change.

Back in Iowa, former Representative Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) advocated for clean energy and warned that climate change “will become exponentially worse if we do nothing about it.” O’Rourke also changed his position to oppose offshore drilling after voting for it when he served in Congress.

Representative Tim Ryan (D-OH) tweeted a call to act on climate change in order to protect the environment, the economy, and our national security. At an event with the Building Trades, Ryan expressed support for investing in electric vehicles as way to create jobs and protect our climate.

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) released a new video on Facebook outlining the ways climate change will affect all of us, and he also tweeted a call for action.

In Nevada, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) expressed support for the Green New Deal and proposed taking steps to mitigate wildfires.

At a campaign stop in New Hampshire, Senator Cory Booker (D- NJ) warned inaction on climate will lead to an “unstable planet” and pledged to recommit the U.S. to the Paris climate Agreement as his first act.

Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-IN) continued to call for action on climate change while stumping in New Hampshire, Nevada, and at the LGBTQ Victory Fund Brunch in DC. Check out LCV’s Climate Action team in Nevada speaking with Buttigieg about climate change after an event.