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Questions for the Candidates
- Will you make addressing the climate crisis one of your very top executive priorities starting on day one, using all the powers of the presidency and existing law to respond to climate change while working with Congress to address it?
- Many elected officials have already committed to achieve 100 percent clean energy by 2050. As president, will you commit to achieve 100 percent clean energy and net-zero climate pollution economy-wide no later than 2050?
- Will you pursue the most just, equitable economic transition that supports good-paying new jobs in clean energy and prioritizes communities that are most often affected by pollution and most vulnerable to climate impacts?
- The U.S. should be leading the world in tackling the climate crisis. Will you exercise strong leadership at home and abroad to encourage other countries to increase the ambition of their domestic climate targets as quickly as possible, starting with committing the United States to exceed our current commitments under the Paris Climate Agreement?
- We have seen unprecedented attacks on public health and clean air and water regulations by the current administration. Will you advance strong environmental rules, including restoring and strengthening rules rolled back by the current administration?
- Do you support an infrastructure agenda that is fair and equitable, advances a 100 percent clean energy economy, includes green, nature-based solutions, respects our environmental protections and works to mitigate contributions to and adapt to a changing climate while also providing good, safe, family-sustaining jobs?
- Companies whose primary business is the extraction, processing, distribution, or sale of oil, gas, or coal – try to leverage political contributions by their PACs, lobbyists and executives to promote policies with candidates and lawmakers that harm the health of our families and worsen the climate crisis. Will you reject all contributions over $200 from the PACs, lobbyists or SEC-named executives of the fossil fuel industry?
- Can you tell us what personally motivates you most when it comes to addressing the climate crisis and why you will make it a top priority on the campaign trail and as president?
- What will you do on day one as president and in the first 100 days to prioritize the climate crisis?
- Have you visited a clean energy project or met with workers in the clean energy economy during this campaign?
- Have you met with frontline communities who are most impacted by pollution and extreme weather events during this campaign? What roles are leaders of frontline communities playing in your campaign? or what roles will they play in your administration to achieve climate action and justice?
- A recent international report noted the importance of lands and conservation in the fight against climate change. Since protecting our public lands can help reduce pollution, would you commit to protecting 30 percent of America’s lands and waters by 2030?
- By building healthy soils, through conservation agriculture, compost applications, rotational grazing, and other practices, we can sequester carbon emissions into our grazing lands and farmland. Do you support policies to help our farmers sequester carbon in their soils? Will you create financial incentives for farmers and ranchers to care for their soil, including improved crop insurance for farmers using regenerative agriculture practices?