B

A-

A

A

C+

C

B-

Does each Democratic candidate’s climate policy align with the four actions of Keep It In The Ground?

1. Prevent all new fossil fuel infrastructure and the extraction of oil and gas.

Bernie Sanders, A
Elizabeth Warren, A
Tom Steyer, A
Amy Klobuchar, B
Andrew Yang, B
Joe Biden, B
Pete Buttigieg, B

2. Phase out existing oil and gas production, with a planned, managed decline.

Bernie Sanders, A
Tom Steyer, A
Elizabeth Warren, B
Amy Klobuchar, C
Andrew Yang, C
Joe Biden, C
Pete Buttigieg, C

3. Promote a just and fair transition for impacted communities and workers.

Bernie Sanders, A
Elizabeth Warren, A
Tom Steyer, A
Amy Klobuchar, B
Joe Biden, B
Pete Buttigieg, B
Andrew Yang, C

4. Hold fossil fuel companies legally accountable for their role in causing the climate crisis.

Bernie Sanders, A
Elizabeth Warren, A
Tom Steyer, A
Joe Biden, B
Amy Klobuchar, C
Andrew Yang, D
Pete Buttigieg, D

The Climate Test Grading Rubric

Climate plan addresses policy benchmark in extreme detail.

Climate plan addresses policy benchmark in some detail.

Climate plan vaguely mentions policy with little to no detail.

Policy not mentioned or addressed in climate plan.

Support of continued fossil fuel dependence.

How could each candidate raise their grade?

Joe Biden

  • Provide comprehensive goals for the phasing out of existing oil and gas infrastructure on public and private lands

Pete Buttigieg

  • Provide comprehensive goals for the phasing out of existing oil and gas infrastructure on public and private lands
  • Make explicit plans to hold the fossil fuel industry accountable for their role in creating the climate crisis

Amy Klobuchar

  • Provide comprehensive goals for the phasing out of existing oil and gas infrastructure on public and private lands
  • Make explicit plans to hold the fossil fuel industry accountable for their role in creating the climate crisis

Bernie Sanders

  • Identify steps to end international fossil fuel subsidies with other G20 nations

Tom Steyer

  • Identify steps to end international fossil fuel subsidies with other G20 nations

Elizabeth Warren

  • Specify a detailed plan to phase out existing fossil fuel production on public and private lands
  • Identify steps to end international fossil fuel subsidies with other G20 nations

Andrew Yang

  • Provide comprehensive goals for the phasing out of existing oil and gas infrastructure on public and private lands
  • Generate specific actions for the protection of workers and communities impacted by the energy transition
  • Make explicit plans to hold the fossil fuel industry accountable for their role in creating the climate crisis

Sources for the 2020 Climate Test are primarily taken from each candidates website or testimony given to credited news outlets.  You can find more details about each candidate’s climate policy, or lack thereof, at each of these links.

Amy Klobuchar

Andrew Yang

Elizabeth Warren

Bernie Sanders

Joe Biden

Pete Buttigieg

Tom Steyer

Graduate students from Antioch University New England have been extensively covering each candidate’s current climate policy. Their research is live and regularly updated on this spreadsheet.

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