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Democrats united behind a climate policy plan, but the timeline is based on old science

Members of the 113th Congress bow their heads in prayer as they convene in the Capitol in Washington January 3, 2013. In the wake of bruising fights in their own ranks over the "fiscal cliff" and aid for victims of superstorm Sandy - Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives open a new Congress on Thursday more divided than ever. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)

by David Roberts, Vox


  • Broad alignment amongst the Democratic party on climate policy may help the left unite and fight the climate crisis 
  • Working on policy platform with the input of people from different backgrounds, identities, and environmental experiences helped built trust
  • The long list of Democratic presidential hopefuls had a much more expanded vision on climate by the end of their campaigns than when they started
  • The International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report that called for net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 has become the baseline for US climate policy
  • Republican leaders have been vocal on their aversion to climate policy and have refused to help establish nationwide climate goals and legislation
  • Since Democrats must work on their own for climate policy, it is imperative that the party is united on the climate crisis issue
  • Clean energy, a just transition of labor, environmental justice, and clean transportation are important goals for the Dems to reach within new policies
  • Additional goals that many on the left agree upon include: limiting new oil wells, holding fossil fuel companies accountable
    • However, carbon pricing, carbon capture and sequestration, and nuclear energy are still divisive 

Fossil fuel divestment and the transition to 100% clean electricity a major step towards achieving the Climate Center’s Climate-Safe California Platform.

Read More: https://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/21252892/climate-change-democrats-joe-biden-renewable-energy-unions-environmental-justice