The growing power and anger of climate change voters
Climate change got little attention in the 2016 presidential campaign. But there was a notable shift during the 2018 midterm election, said Tiernan Sittenfeld, senior vice president of government affairs at the League of Conservation Voters. Candidates alarmed by Republican inaction were drawn into congressional races across the country.
“In 2018, we saw a big shift in terms of candidates running on climate change as never before, and that has only increased as we’re seeing in the presidential,” Sittenfeld said. “I think — if not every candidate, pretty close to every single candidate — who is going to be on (CNN’s town hall) stage has put out an ambitious, comprehensive plan to combat the climate crisis. So we’ve definitely seen that this issue is finally starting to get the attention that it deserves.”