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Karyn Strickler, President, 240-498-8726,

Vote Climate U.S. PAC's Updated 2020 Presidential Voter's Guide

Voters must choose highest climate calculation.


With less than one week to go before the Iowa Caucuses in the monumental 2020 elections, and unprecedented action needed to slow climate change, Vote Climate U.S. PAC is releasing our updated, national, 2020 Presidential Voter's Guide

Vote Climate U.S. PAC's Voter's Guide is a tool to help voters make climate change a top, priority. As Americans head to the voting booth in the presidential primaries, the Center for Climate Change Communication's poll says that 71% of Americans want the federal government to do more to address climate change.

Karyn Strickler, President of Vote Climate U.S. PAC said, "Climate change is an existential threat to humanity and our way of life. The first step to slow climate change is to elect the candidate who has the most ambitious plan to get off fossil fuels and put a fee on carbon. It's up to voters to choose the candidate with the highest climate calculation in 2020, perhaps one of our last chances to prioritize climate change in the voting booth. Our Voter's Guide makes it easy for every American to vote climate."

Our unique Voter's Guide assesses every Democrat and Republican running for president. It goes well beyond a normal score card to include not only position, but also leadership, putting a fee on carbon and candidate's climate plan (endorses the Green New Deal, supports carbon dioxide removal, advocates 100% renewable energy by 2030, and keeps fossil fuels in the ground.) Our climate calculations show separation between frontrunners in the Democratic primary.

"The difference between Democratic frontrunners for president on climate change in our Voter's Guide is significant. Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and Tom Steyer are tied for the highest score, each with an overall climate calculation of 93.75. By contrast Joe Biden's climate calculation is 81.25. With our timeline so short and the climate emergency we face, the difference between a 93.75 and an 81.25 could be the difference between a livable planet and not, when you're electing a U.S. President. Those scores compare to Republican incumbent Donald Trump who is a climate zero," said Karyn Strickler, President of Vote Climate U.S. PAC.

The higher climate calculations for Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders comes partially from Joe Biden's failure to advocate for action on climate change as a top priority issue and to advocate for 100% renewable energy by 2030. In his climate plan Biden calls for a 100% clean energy economy and net-zero emissions by no later than 2050. Senators Sanders and Warren have both committed to 100% renewable energy by 2030.

Vote Climate U.S. PAC's voters guide is accessible and simple to use. Go to our Voter's Guide page, where you can find our climate calculations. Take them into the voting booth and choose the candidate with the highest score. Click the green + button for more details on each candidate. Our Voter's Guide scoring criteria explains how our climate calculations were developed.

Vote Climate U.S. PAC is doing the research now and will rate all U.S. House and U.S. Senate incumbents and challengers, giving climate calculations to each, as we did in 2018. We will also add a "Climate Rankings" page, where we look at the big picture of American politics and climate change, by analyzing our research data for party and regional differences. It will include a national, best-to-worst listing and climate heroes and zeroes.

Slowing climate change will depend upon what we do. We encourage voters to join us in making 2020 a climate-action election.

Vote Climate U.S. PAC works to elect candidates to get off fossil fuels, transition to clean, renewable, energy and reduce carbon pollution by putting a fee on carbon, in order to slow climate change and related weather extremes.