California has been hit with dangerous wildfires this year – and scientists say that climate change has made the state’s fire season longer and more intense. So it’s no surprise that a new poll from the Los Angeles Times shows that Democrats in the state say fighting climate change is their top priority.
Pummeled by fires, drought and floods, California’s Democratic primary voters put fighting climate change at the top of their list of issues for the next president to tackle.
Nearly half of likely Democratic primary voters call the issue the No. 1 priority for the next president, according to a new statewide poll conducted by UC Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies for the Los Angeles Times.
As Amy Klobuchar noted last month, next week’s Democratic debate in California will take place just miles from where wildfires had been raging.
Also this week, Mike Bloomberg announced his plan for a 100% clean energy future that would reduce carbon pollution by 50 percent economy-wide by 2030 and reduce carbon pollution from the power sector by 80 percent by the end of his second term. The plan prioritizes investments in communities most affected by toxic pollution and climate impacts, including low-income communities, tribal communities and communities of color, as well as communities at risk from being left behind in the transition to a clean energy economy. The plan phases out fossil fuel subsidies and stops drilling on public lands while recognizing the need to monitor, study, and address the cumulative impacts on communities overburdened by toxic pollution.
We commend @MikeBloomberg for his plan to achieve a 100% #cleanenergy future. His plan calls to reduce carbon pollution by 50% economy-wide by 2030 & cut power sector emissions by 80% by 2028. The plan invests in communities that face outsized pollution & #climatechange impacts. pic.twitter.com/DVNMKiSPRj
— LCV – League of Conservation Voters (@LCVoters) December 13, 2019
Here are some additional climate highlights from the campaign trail this week:
Finally, climate activist Greta Thunberg was named Time’s 2019 Person of the Year, and several candidates took to Twitter to praise her activism, including Julián Castro, Joe Biden, Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, Elizabeth Warren, Tom Steyer, and Amy Klobuchar.