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

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.

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