Scoring 15 presidential candidates on their commitment to climate action, the advocacy group 350 Action found that only three contenders have demonstrated true leadership by supporting key policies to address the crisis of a rapidly warming planet.
Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) received checkmarks across the board on 350 Action's 2020 Scorecard, which the group released Wednesday.
All three support a Green New Deal to shift to a green energy economy while creating millions of jobs; have taken action to end fossil fuel extraction projects; and signed a pledge not to accept donations from the fossil fuel industry.
"We're making it clear where 2020 candidates land on the policies and practices essential to any meaningful attempt at addressing the climate crisis," said May Boeve, executive director of 350 Action. "Stopping new fossil fuel projects, supporting a Green New Deal, and saying no to Big Oil money are the standards by which we should measure any presidential hopeful."
"Bold climate action that strengthens our economy and communities is not only what most Americans want—it's also the reasonable and responsible way forward," she added.
Our next president must be a real climate leader. So ahead of the 2020 elections, we’re keeping score: Who will stand up to fossil fuel billionaires & fight for a #GreenNewDeal—and who doesn’t pass the test?
Check out the #ClimateTest2020 & take action: https://t.co/BVXVmkcvfA pic.twitter.com/xwo6x8XR2l
— 350 Action (@350action) March 27, 2019
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The scorecard illustrates which candidates are most closely aligned with the American public on climate action issues, the group notes.
According to a recent poll by YouGov Blue, 56 percent of respondents favored renewable energy projects over the continued use of oil, gas, and coal, while 59 percent backed a Green New Deal.
Along with President Donald Trump, John Delaney and John Hickenlooper are the only Democratic candidates who don't support a Green New Deal, while Rep. Tulsi Gabbard's (D-Hawaii) position is not known by 350 Action.
Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Pete Buttigieg, Julian Castro, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Beto O'Rourke, Delaney, and Hickenlooper have so far not signed the pledge to refuse fossil fuel industry campaign donations.
On 350 Action's website, users can view the scorecard along with information about how they can get in touch with candidates to demand that they join the majority of the American public and more than 100 lawmakers in supporting the Green New Deal and other climate action policies.
"Our next president needs to be a real climate leader," 350 Action said. "No one is getting an A+ on this climate test just for admitting that the climate crisis is happening. Real climate leadership means real commitment to bold action."