Why The Climate Center supports Prop 30

Electric School bus by Laura Gilchrist

Prop 30 on the November 8 ballot is the only statewide climate measure on the ballot, and it’s a good one. We urge a “yes” vote. The Climate Center supports Prop 30 because it is a genuine climate initiative that benefits all Californians and will help the state accelerate progress toward a climate-safe future. We … Read more

These 4 toss-up Senate races might determine the fate of the planet

by Shannon Osaka, Grist Highlights There are 35 Senate seats being voted on this November, with Maine, North Carolina, Iowa, and Montana being deciding factors on whether a new administration could pass effective climate legislation. Iowa – Joni Ernst (R) vs. Theresa Greenfield (D)  Joni Ernst previously received funding from Charles and the late David … Read more

Three-quarters of Americans want to know more about presidential candidates’ plans to tackle global warming: poll

by Bill McKibben, Rolling Stone Highlights New data compiled by Yale University shows that an average of 76% of US adults expressed interest in news stories about the climate plans from the Trump Administration and Democratic Presidential nominee Joe Biden  In California, 80% of people expressed interest in the candidates’ climate plans as the state … Read more

Vote like the future of humanity depends on it — because it does

by Bill McKibben, Rolling Stone Highlights The US withdrawal of the Paris Agreement will be finalized on November 4th, one day after the presidential election  Climate change is a top-tier issue for Americans, particularly youth who consider this one of the most important issues of their time, as climate impacts intersect with race, equity, and … Read more

Kamala Harris’ Plan For International Climate Cooperation Could Smooth the Transition From Fossil Fuels

by Aimee Barnes, State of the Planet Highlights Senator Kamala Harris’ “Climate Plan for the People” platform during her Presidential campaign highlighted the creation of an international coalition to manage the transition away from fossil fuel production In order to reach the best-case climate scenario as proposed by the Paris Agreement, the world will need … Read more

Harris and Ocasio-Cortez team up on a Climate ‘Equity’ Bill

by Ilana Cohen, Inside Climate News Highlights California Senator Kamala Harris and Representative Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez unveiled an updated version of their Climate Equity Act that was initially released a year ago as Senator Harris was running for the Democratic Presidential nomination The Climate Equity Act would: Create an Office of Climate and Environmental Justice Accountability  … Read more

Congressional climate strategy includes microgrids and climate justice

Last week, Democrats on the US House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis issued a report, “Solving the Climate Crisis, “ which provides an emissions reduction policy framework which seeks to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. Here’s a link to a summary article from Vox about the report.  One of the recommendations in the report is … Read more

The plan meant to unite Biden and Bernie voters on climate is here

by Emily Pontecorvo, Grist Highlights After Senator Bernie Sanders dropped out of the race for the Democratic nomination, he joined forces with Former Vice President Joe Biden to create a climate task force Other members of the task force included Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Sunrise Movement co-founder Varshini Prakash, and Catherine Flowers, the founder of the … Read more

House Democrats’ climate plan is ambitious, but is it enough?

On Tuesday House Democrats unveiled a package of more than 120 pieces of legislation that seek to drive a transition to net zero carbon emissions by 2050, and the plan ties climate action to racial justice. Some pundits are saying that the plan shows just how far progressives have pushed the climate conversation. The plan is very similar to the Green New Deal, but lacks a ban on fracking and other rapid fossil fuel phase-out measures that will be required to avoid already looming climate catastrophe.

DNC climate group calls for larger federal investment on climate than Biden’s current plan

by Rachel Frazin, The Hill Highlights The Democratic National Committee Climate Council released a set of policy recommendations for a greater investment than Joe Biden’s climate plan Joe Biden’s climate plan would spend $1.7 trillion over the next decade to address climate change, whereas the Climate Council plan endorses spending $10-16 trillion over the same period … Read more