Election 2020

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Election 2020: The next election is about the next 10,000 years

The upcoming election looks to be an apocalyptic turning point for our democracy—and our planet. In Turnout! Mobilizing Voters in an Emergency, political visionaries and movement leaders such as Bill McKibben define the urgency of this moment and provide a manual for turning out voters in an age of extreme inequality, climate change, and pandemic. By […]

July 28th

Watch live: DNC marks up the draft Election 2020 Democratic Platform

Hey folk, @TheDemocrats are marking up the draft 2020 platform right now. I found out because I happened to check the DNC Youtube channel, not because anyone told me. By RL Miller Meantime, I delivered 5000 signatures to @MDeatrick of @DNCClimate  and @VarshPrakash of @sunrisemvmt showing public support to #FixDNCPlatform – restore science, bolder goals for renewable energy, more. https://bit.ly/2OTm9jf […]

July 27th

Election 2020: Four more years of Donald Trump could delay global emissions cuts by 10 years

Donald Trump’s decision to step back from international climate action pushes any prospect of hitting global emissions targets to “near zero”. Modelling suggests there are only very limited circumstances where the Paris Agreement’s warming limit of 2C is met – and a US departure from the landmark 2015 deal restricts those options further for every term […]

July 24th

Amid disappointment over party’s draft platform, 25,000+ people urge DNC to adopt climate panel’s ambitious policies

As climate experts and advocates on Thursday continued to criticize Democratic Party officials’ draft 2020 platform, the Democratic National Committee’s Council on the Environment and Climate Crisis delivered petitions with over 25,000 signatures urging the DNC to incorporate the panel’s bold policy recommendations. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams The council, which launched in February after months of […]

July 24th

115+ groups unveil transformational actions for next President to kick off climate justice agenda from day one

The national think tank Demos and 115 progressive organizations on Wednesday unveiled the Frontlines Climate Justice Executive Action Platform, which urges the next president of the United States to urgently take steps that “address continuing disparities, establish greater accountability for a just transition, and lay groundwork for systemic changes needed to end fossil fuel dependency and […]

July 23rd

Election 2020: The GOP wants you to fear China and love big (American) oil and fracking

A month ago, Abby Smith at the Washington Examiner warned that Republicans were rolling out a new propaganda plank: attacking China on critical minerals – like lithium and cobalt – that are key components of battery and clean energy technologies. The fact that these are also essential ingredients to basically all advanced technology(phones, computers, etc) is generally […]

‘Violence by Number Tampering’: Trump manipulated government estimates of climate costs, says GAO report

A nonpartisan congressional report released Tuesday reveals how the Trump administration manipulated data to justify deregulating carbon emissions by drastically understating the costs of allowing fossil fuel extraction—and the resulting climate crisis—to continue. By Julia Conley Common Dreams The Government Accountability Office, the nonpartisan investigative office of the U.S. Congress, shows in the report that the Trump administration revised […]

July 16th

Progressives Welcome Biden’s $2 Trillion Green Energy Plan

U.S. environmental and climate activists on Tuesday welcomed presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s “Plan to Build a Modern, Sustainable Infrastructure and an Equitable Clean Energy Future”—a proposal that is notably bolder than what he called for earlier in the primary. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams “Biden will make a $2 trillion accelerated investment, with a plan […]

July 15th

WSJ has already moved on… to blaming (“not President”) Biden for pipeline failures

For years, a coalition of community and faith leaders, Baptists and yogis, landowners, and climate advocates have fought to defend people, land, water and climate from new oil and gas pipelines, and a string of successes have the fossil fuel industry on its back foot. The Trump Administration’s Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette recently credited (blamed) activists for these hard-fought wins […]

Money talks: Big business, political strategy and corporate involvement in US state politics

Political spending by corporations is big business.  In the 2018 election cycle, for example, private interests spent US$500 million on campaign contributions to U.S. federal election candidates and nearly $7 billion to lobby federal officials. As one corporate executive with experience in business-government relations says, “A company that is dependent on government that does not […]

July 11th

“We’ve Moved the Needle” But Far More Work to Do, Say Progressives as Biden-Sanders Panels Unveil Policy Blueprint

Unity Task Forces formed by presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders unveiled sweeping party platform recommendations Wednesday that—while falling short of progressive ambitions in a number of areas, from climate to healthcare—were applauded as important steps toward a bold and just policy agenda that matches the multiple crises the nation and […]