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
Nina TurnerEnergy Programs and Communications Coordinator
Janina is a graduate of the Energy Management and Design program at Sonoma State University with experience in non-profits that specialize in sustainability and volunteerism.