• Monthly
  • $25
  • $50
  • $100
  • $other
  • use PayPal


A generous supporter has offered a $25,000 matching grant. So for this week only, whatever you can donate will be doubled up to $25,000! If you have the means, please donate! If you already have done so, thank you for your support. All contributions are tax-deductible.

Huge Divide Among Democratic Presidential Frontrunners on Climate Change

Vote Climate U.S. PAC’s 2020 Presidential voters guide, released today, empowers Americans to make climate change a top priority. Our voters guide gives Democrats and Republicans running for president, a climate calculation, distinguishing candidates on the issue. Voters must choose presidential, climate-action in 2020, perhaps one of our last chances to prioritize the climate emergency in the voting booth.

Former Vice President Joe Biden’s overall climate calculation is weak at 68.75. Compare that to frontrunners, Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders who score the highest among any candidate, each with an overall climate calculation of 93.75.

Those scores may be the difference between meeting the limit of 1.5 degrees of global warming, set in the Paris Agreement, or not. Voters must make critical choices. These stark differences matter immensely, when choosing a leader to make crucial decisions on climate change. If used widely to elect the strongest candidates, the voters guide could revolutionize climate politics.

The world may only have until 2030 to stem catastrophic climate change, according to the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The difference between climate calculations for Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden comes partially from Biden’s failure to advocate 100% renewable energy by 2030, a plan to which Sanders and Warren have both committed. In his climate plan Biden calls for a 100% clean energy economy and net-zero emissions by no later than 2050.

Fossil fuels are a main driver of climate change, so our voters guide scores candidates on their plan to keep fossil fuels in the ground. Vice President Biden supports ending fossil fuel subsidies and ending fossil fuel extraction on public lands, as does Sanders and Warren. But Biden signed the “No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge” and subsequently violated that pledge by attending a fundraising event co-hosted by Western LNG’s co-founder Andrew Goldman. Senators Warren and Sanders signed the “No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge” and have not violated the pledge.

Excess carbon in our oceans make them hotter, more acidic and inhospitable to millions of species, including people who depend on them as a primary food source, according to a report just released by the IPCC. Much of the calamitous impact on the oceans and more broadly, can be avoided by ambitious carbon emission reductions. Putting a substantial fee on carbon pollution is an indispensable way to rapidly reduce carbon emissions.

Warren, Sanders and Biden all support a fee on carbon pollution, but all three score 75 on carbon fee, due to their need to become more powerful advocates and stronger voices on that issue. The cost would not fall on consumers in a carbon fee and dividend policy, where Americans would receive a check from the government to cover any cost.

The partisan divide on climate change, between Democratic and Republicans candidates for president is staggering. Those Democratic scores compare to Republican incumbent Donald Trump who is a Climate Zero. No other leadership, anywhere else in the world, denies climate change like Trump and the Republican party in the U.S. If voters care about climate change, it should eliminate most Republicans presidential candidates from consideration, especially the incumbent.

It’s all about the politics of climate change and the kids know it. “We need policy change and support from our politicians to either get a Green New Deal or something going…We just need policies that are helping our environment, not harming it, and holding businesses responsible for what they’re doing,” said Shealya, 21 at the Climate Strike. Support of the Green New Deal is another of our criteria for climate calculations.

Polls show that American voters want political action on climate change. Our voters guide empowers Americans to vote climate, by helping them understand where the candidates stand on the issue and how they compare to one another. As climate striker Isabel, 15 says, “We’re here to make a difference, and make people hear us. We’re not the same, we’re a new generation who will vote them out.”

More articles by:
October 14, 2019
Ann Robertson - Bill Leumer
Class Struggle is Still the Issue
Mike Miller
Global Climate Strike: From Protest To Power?
Patrick Cockburn
As Turkey Prepares to Slice Through Syria, the US has Cleared a New Breeding Ground for Isis
John Feffer
Trump’s Undeclared State of Emergency
Dean Baker
The Economics and Politics of Financial Transactions Taxes and Wealth Taxes
Jonah Raskin
What Evil Empire?
Nino Pagliccia
The Apotheosis of Emperors
Evaggelos Vallianatos
A Passion for Writing
Basav Sen
The Oil Despots
Brett Wilkins
‘No Friend But the Mountains’: A History of US Betrayal of the Kurds
John Kendall Hawkins
Assange: Enema of the State
Scott Owen
Truth, Justice and Life
Thomas Knapp
“The Grid” is the Problem, Not the Solution
Rob Kall
Republicans Are Going to Remove Trump Soon
Cesar Chelala
Lebanon, Dreamland
Weekend Edition
October 11, 2019
Friday - Sunday
Becky Grant
CounterPunch in Peril?
Anthony DiMaggio
Fake News in Trump’s America
Andrew Levine
Trump’s End Days
Jeffrey St. Clair
High Plains Grifter: the Life and Crimes of George W. Bush
Patrick Cockburn
Kurdish Fighters Always Feared Trump Would be a Treacherous Ally
Paul Street
On the TrumpenLeft and False Equivalence
Dave Lindorff
Sure Trump is ‘Betraying the Kurds!’ But What’s New about That?
Rob Urie
Democrats Impeach Joe Biden, Fiddle as the Planet Burns
Sam Pizzigati
Inequality is Literally Killing Us
Jill Richardson
What Life on the Margins Feels Like
Mitchell Zimmerman
IMPOTUS: Droit de seigneur at Mar-a-Lago
Robert Hunziker
Methane SOS
Lawrence Davidson
Donald Trump, the Christian Warrior
William Hartung – Mandy Smithburger
The Pentagon is Pledging to Reform Itself, Again. It Won’t.
Richard Moser
The Empire Is Running Out of War Stories. Or is it? Will American Exceptionalism Rise Again?
Roger Harris
Why Trump is Facing Impeachment
Doug Lummis
Everything Going Wrong in Okinawa
Ramzy Baroud
Administrative Torture: Free Heba al-Labadi, a Jordanian Citizen in Israeli Prison
Christopher Ketcham
Ode to the Drums of Ginger Baker
W. T. Whitney
Upcoming Elections Represent Testing Time for Bolivia’s Socialist Government
Louis Proyect
Building Soldier Resistance Under the Shadows of Fascism
Mark Ashwill
Reflections on General Giap and the End of an Era in Vietnam
Gabriel Leão
Killing the Messengers: Rising Violence Against Journalists and Indigenous Leaders Defending the Amazon
Graham Peebles
Climate Change: All Talk No Action
Arthur Hoyle
The Meaning of Donald Trump
Dean Baker
Those Quaint Corporate Scandals in Japan
Laura Santina
Take Their Feet Off Our Necks
Julian Vigo
The New Workers’ Revolution is Afoot
Robert Koehler
The Rights of Nature
Dan Bacher
New Report Reveals Oil Waste in CA Aquifers