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2020 Election Guide

Climate Change

Both candidates have diametrically opposing views on climate change. Trump rejects the scientific consensus on climate change, calls global warming a "hoax.” As of May 2020, he has rolled back 64 environmental regulations. While, Biden introduced the first climate change bill in Congress - the Global Climate Protection Act in 1986. He also unveiled a $1.7 trillion climate policy plan aiming to eliminate US net greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

President Donald Trump

He rejects the scientific consensus on climate change

He called it a hoax and then rescinded his statement and said it's not a hoax but that he doesn't believe it's man made

Has made the following incorrect claims on climate change:

  • He often conflates weather with climate change
  • He claims "explosive trees" may have helped fuel the record-breaking wildfires

As of May 2020, the Trump administration has rolled back 64 environmental regulations, and an additional 34 rollbacks are in progress

Wants to support the coal, oil & gas industry to revive jobs

In 2009, Trump signed an advert in the New York Times along with several other business leaders in support of legislation combating climate change. However, in the following years he has tweeted over 120 posts questioning climate change.

Pulled out of the Paris Agreement

  • The US the only nation that is not part of the agreement

Supports nuclear energy development

  • His budget proposal for 2021 earmarks $1.2 billion for nuclear energy research and development and related programs

Supports the oil and gas industry

  • Has promised to bail out oil companies
  • Has proposed to lift Obama-era controls on methane, a potent greenhouse gas
  • Approved offshore oil drilling in the Arctic
  • Supports energy development on federal land, including gas and oil drilling in national parks
  • 2018: Announced plans to allow drilling in nearly all US waters, the largest expansion of offshore oil and gas leasing ever proposed

Has vowed to revive the US coal economy

  • 2019: Rolled back Obama-era climate regulations which does not cap emissions - will cause the US to pump an extra 1.8 billion tons of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere between now and 2035
  • 2020: Issued new vehicle emissions standards, which are projected to result in an additional billion tons of carbon dioxide, increasing annual US emissions by about one-fifth

Former VP Joe Biden

Biden has been credited with introducing the first climate change bill in Congress - the Global Climate Protection Act in 1986

Unveiled a $1.7 trillion climate policy plan aiming to eliminate US net greenhouse gas emissions by 2050

Wants to build a clean energy economy to create jobs

Has promised that he would re-enter the Paris Agreement

Supports developing new nuclear technologies as part of an effort to fight climate change

Does not support the oil and gas industry

  • Would take away the billions of subsidy to the oil companies
  • Regulate methane pollution
  • He strongly opposed opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling
  • He assured that fracking would continue but he would not allow new fracking on public lands
  • Wouldhalt issuance of new permits for oil and gas extraction on public land and water
  • Strengthen fuel economy standards to promote a shift to electric vehicles with the construction of 500,000 electric vehicle charging stations

Wants to minimize carbon emissions

  • Set up the Clean Air Act which would enact stringent emissions reductions
  • Tax carbon emissions
  • Biden calls for 100 percent clean electricity by 2035

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