Week in Review: October 25, 2019

Oct 25, 2019

This weekend marks 100 days until the Iowa caucus and climate change continues to be a central issue in the race for the White House. 

But the Hawkeye State is not the only early-voting state getting attention. LCV President Gene Karpinski and Nevada Conservation League Andy Maggi spoke this week with Jon Ralston about what climate change means to Nevada and which 2020 candidates are focusing on it the most. Give it a listen!

Elsewhere, Kamala Harris released a plan focused on investing in Native American communities in which she committed to working with Indigenous communities to fight the climate crisis:

“Kamala will ensure that Native Americans have a voice in the fight to rectify systemic environmental injustices forced upon their communities. Kamala’s Climate Equity Act ensures that Indigenous people are given a seat at the table, and that Indigenous communities give free, prior, and informed consent before projects that may affect them or their territory go forward.”

Here are some additional climate highlights from the campaign trail: 

  • Michael Bennet talked about the clean tech opportunities in New Hampshire. 
  • Joe Biden is prioritizing his climate plan when campaigning in Iowa.
  • Cory Booker participated in a ‘Climate Conversation’ in Iowa.
  • Pete Buttigieg spoke with Cosmopolitan about his plan to address climate change. 
  • Julián Castro said climate change is not just a crisis, but an opportunity.
  • John Delaney campaigned on his carbon fee and dividend proposal. 
  • Tulsi Gabbard, in New Hampshire, said she would end fossil fuels subsidies.
  • Amy Klobuchar called for a return to the Paris Climate Accords in Iowa.
  • Beto O’Rourke talked about the impacts of devastating flooding in Iowa.
  • Bernie Sanders spoke about environmental racism at a rally in Queens.
  • Tom Steyer told the Ames Tribune that climate change is an international crisis.
  • Elizabeth Warren’s environmental justice plan was featured in a Teen Vogue op-ed.
  • Marianne Williamson, also in Iowa, talked about the need for significant climate action.
  • Andrew Yang spoke with the Washington Post about working with other countries on climate.

Looking ahead to next month’s debate in Georgia, we hope debate moderators take note of the fact that a majority of Democratic primary voters who watched the last debate said there was not enough discussion about climate change, according to a new Morning Consult poll.

And finally, in case you missed it, check out our recent special report looking at how the presidential candidates are prioritizing climate action in their climate plans, speeches and social media.