In his own words: “Simply put, this is about our kids, their future and quality of life. I talk a lot on the campaign trail, and even in my rollout of my climate policy video, about my grandkids. We and they are staring down the barrel of a climate disaster. And there’s no wall high enough to protect any of us from pollution, rising tides, or intensifying storms. We cannot shirk from our responsibility to take a leadership role in solving this global crisis. Every day that passes with the Trump Administration increases the urgency of acting to mitigate and adapt and makes our work that much harder to keep the American people healthy and safe and to ensure that all our communities are well-prepared for future climate impacts.Learn More »
For more than three decades – both in the Senate and working alongside President Obama – I have rolled up my sleeves to get things done to preserve our environment, recover our economy and strengthen the climate resilience of American communities, including overseeing the largest single investment in our clean energy future in the Recovery Act.
Today, when we know more than ever about the science, the scale, and the urgency of this crisis, when the Pentagon itself has made it clear that climate change is a “threat multiplier” that endangers our national security, we have a President who denies even the basic facts of climate change, hides climate science produced by his own Administration, and actively works to roll back what progress we have made. It’s reckless, and it’s unacceptable. There’s no place in politics today for leaders who refuse to confront climate change for what it is: an existential global crisis.
As you know, I’m an optimist. This is also about new jobs, new technology, and new opportunities for workers and our economy. Abroad, we must ensure that the United States-not China or any other nation in the world-reaps the enormous benefits of leading a clean global economy. At home, we are going to make sure that those Americans most vulnerable to climate impacts-particularly low-income communities and communities of color-are the first to benefit from the opportunities of our new, clean economy. And even as we move confidently to embrace this new future, we won’t forget the workers who, through dangerous and back-breaking labor, powered our industrial rise, built the arsenal of democracy, and ensured America’s prosperity throughout the 20th century.
My plan for a Clean Energy Revolution and Environmental Justice outlines the ambitious steps we must take to meet this challenge head on at the speed that both science and the American people demand. As president, I will use every authority available to me to drive progress. I will accept no half-measures.
Thank you for your time and all that you do at the federal and state level to advance action on these critical issues.”
(Source: candidate survey)