We Asked the 2020 Democrats About Climate Change Here Are Their Ideas

We Asked the 2020 Democrats About Climate Change Here Are Their Ideas

Willing to consider it: Wayne Messam, Tim Ryan, Eric Swalwell, Andrew Yang

Ms. Warren this week laid out a regulatory plan to end fossil fuel production on public lands. She said she would enact a “total moratorium” on new federal fossil fuel leases if elected, a move that goes further than Mr. Obama’s ban on coal leasing.

Only Ms. Gabbard, a representative from Hawaii, and the self-help author Marianne Williamson answered this survey question in detail. Ms. Gabbard’s proposals include a halt to major fossil fuel projects, while Ms. Williamson called for requiring zero-deforestation supply chains and regulating the waste produced by large agricultural operations.

By contrast, every Democrat supported greater investment in research and development. Mr. Booker vowed to “at least double” federal funding for clean-energy research, a benchmark Mr. O’Rourke’s campaign said he also supported. Mr. Delaney has proposed increasing funding fivefold. And Mr. Sanders’s campaign said he was developing a plan that would include a “massive investment in infrastructure” and eliminate subsidies for fossil fuels.

Several candidates went a step further and identified specific funding priorities. Improving battery and other types of energy storage was a common theme, including from Mr. Booker, Ms. Gabbard, Mr. Inslee, Mr. Swalwell and Ms. Williamson. Ms. Gabbard also mentioned grid modernization and security. Mr. Delaney called for a $5 billion annual investment in negative emissions technology, which would remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

Investment is one of the few areas ripe for bipartisan agreement.

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