Update: The DNC Resolutions Committee voted down a debate format for the climate forums 8-17. Protesters sung their displeasure.
Correction: The original version of this post stated that Sen. Elizabeth Warren had no climate statement on her campaign website. Actually, she has several, under “Latest Announcements”. The author apologizes for the error.
On Wednesday, Gov. Jay Inslee withdrew from the race for President of the United States. His plan to campaign on his success in fighting climate change was a case of planting his flag in quicksand, given that Washington State’s carbon emissions continue to rise($) quickly.
Indeed, we continue to build more roads, while the state barely invests in transit, and invests almost nothing in bike or pedestrian infrastructure.
Meanwhile, the Democratic National Committee will be voting today on the format of a CNN forum and an MSNBC forum on climate change next month — primarily whether one of both of them will be debates or “town halls”, in which candidates address the audience separately, one by one. Inlee’s low polling kept him from getting to participate in the CNN forum.
Within the DNC, Washington State Democratic Party Chair Tina Podlodowski is leading the call for a debate. The Sunrise Movement has led the charge from the outside. Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez is being blamed by various debate supporters as the leading opponent of the debate format.
Inside Climate News has analyzed the climate records and platforms of the major Democratic candidates.
Various candidates’ website statements on the climate crisis are linked below:
- Former Vice President Joe Biden
- Sen. Bernie Sanders
- Sen. Elizabeth Warren (See “Latest Announcements”)
- Sen. Kamala Harris
- Sen. Cory Booker
- Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand
- Sen Amy Klobuchar
- Sen. Michael Bennet
- Gov. Steve Bullock
- NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio – no climate statement on his campaign website
- South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg
- Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard
- Congressman Tim Ryan
- Former Congressman Beto O’Rourke
- Former Congressman John Delaney
- Former HUD Secretary Julian Castro – no climate statement on his campaign website
- Tom Steyer
- Marianne Williamson
- Andrew Yang