Climate change has never before been such an important issue as it is in the 2020 presidential race. In 2019, there have been at least fifteen disasters that experts consider to be a direct impact of climate change. It is becoming more and more evident that climate change is now largely impacting people’s everyday lives as well as economies all around the world. It is no wonder then that experts note this topic is going to be essential in the upcoming months of the presidential campaigns. So, which presidential candidate will best deal with climate change? Today there are three candidates remaining: two Democratic candidates and one Republican.
According to President Trump, global warming and its impacts are not manmade. Both the president and his administration have repeatedly stated that climate changes are facts of nature and, as such, cannot be changed by green policies. So far, no actual plan of dealing with climate change has been mentioned by President Trump’s public speeches.
The former Vice President of America is planning to spend as much as $1.7 trillion over ten years to reach the goal of, as he proposed, “zero carbon emissions” in 2050. His plan also highlights the development of nuclear power plants and investing in technologies that can eliminate carbon from the air. Biden has been criticized for wanting to satisfy both the conservatives and Green voters, but such compromises may be necessary to stop climate change and not hinder the economy.
Among all of the candidates, Sanders seems to have put the most significant emphasis on climate change. He wants the majority of transportation to run on renewable energy sources as soon as 2030. He criticized the carbon capture technology and wants to stop the plans of opening new nuclear power plants. If elected, he plans to ban fracking and deal with the oil and gas industry by ending its import and export. Sanders has been praised for being, mostly, in line with the recommendations from climate change experts and the scientific community. However, his plan to ban fracking is controversial in swing states like Pennsylvania.
Since the presidential race is only heating up, it is hard to say which candidate will be the best choice for fighting climate change and making our planet healthy again. But so far, Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders seems to be the best choice for fighting climate change.