In Iowa, Pete Buttigieg releases new policy to help rural America.


Buttigieg also wants to give farmers more of a defined role in combating climate change, in part through more conservation funding. Buttigieg proposes investing nearly $50 billion over a decade on what he calls “innovative research” that includes soil carbon sequestration. He would also create “resilience hubs” that would provide climate data to help rural communities.

“I think the terms of the climate debate right now have really tended to pit urban and rural America against each other,” he said. “Kind of sending this message that rural America is part of the problem, when actually, both the problem and the solution are widespread across different kinds of communities in the country.”