In his own words: “In the great existential challenges that face us, and none greater than climate change. This, scientists tell us, is happening beyond a shadow of a doubt, is caused by human activity and human inaction, and there are 12 years left to us – every single one of us. This rests on all of our shoulders to act while we still can, and make sure that this world is inhabitable for the generations – the kids, the grandkids, the people of the future – who will succeed us on this planet. In other words, we never face a set of greater challenges than the ones that are before us now.”

(Source: candidate survey) 

Beto O’Rourke Climate Change News Feed

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O'Rourke in South Carolina

In Beaufort, South Carolina, he leaned on the insight of preservationist Marquetta Goodwine, also known as Queen Quet, the elected chieftess of the Gullah Geechee Nation, who gave him a toured of the church where Harriet Tubman lived, just before he held a community roundtable discussion on climate change, voting rights and economic mobility.

ABC News

O'Rourke on climate change

By implementing the most detailed, ambitious climate plan this country has ever seen — getting us to our net-zero emissions by 2050. We know that this world has cooked a degree Celsius just since 1980 and that that warming caused, not by God, or by Mother Nature, but by all of us… Continued »

Shondaland

The first Democratic debate revealed who the real climate candidates are

What is the greatest geopolitical threat to the United States? That was the question NBC’s Chuck Todd posed to 10 Democratic candidates for president during the first primary debate on Wednesday night. Four of them said climate change: Beto O’Rourke, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, and Julian Castro.

Grist

Several Democrats distinguished themselves on climate issues during a packed debate

Four Democratic presidential contenders used the first debate of the election cycle to cite climate change as the biggest geopolitical threat facing the United States as they worked to distinguish themselves on the increasingly hot-button issue in a city reeling from climate impacts.

ThinkProgress