Our Climate Restoration Report Card for 2020 Candidates
By Felix Kramer
We joined forces with Build A Movement 2020 and launched the CREA Report Card.
After beginning working on our own for a Climate Restoration “scorecard,” we joined with Build A Movement 2020 and on September 10 we released our first version of the Climate Restoration Emergency Action (CREA) 2020 Bipartisan Presidential Candidate Report Card. We rank leading presidential candidates on five ways they can commit to “Ensure the Survival of All Humanity.” As they hear more about climate restoration, we hope their low grades will start to rise!
Here’s the media advisory: Will the Next President Spearhead Climate Restoration? Advocates Release Report Card on Candidate Positions on Climate Restoration Emergency Action (CREA) And here’s the updated Report Card following the September 13 Presidential debate.
Below is the reorganized original posting, with links to candidates and the questions they answer.
Other Presidential Climate Candidate Scorecards are mostly about getting off fossil fuels:
• Scorecard from 350 Action • Change the Climate 2020 from the League of Conservation Voters • Climate2020 Scorecard from Greenpeace. These mostly focus on reducing carbon emissions and not accepting contributions from the fossil fuel industry.• Data for Progress is more comprehensive; carbon removal and sequestration in soil are among its 48 categories. • Democratic Candidates Climate Race from Climate Advisors • The NRDC Action Fund is updating Where Do They Stand? for candidates.
Will forum and debate moderators ask ambitious questions? How will we judge answers?
“Do you think it’s possible for the next president to stop climate change?” That’s the unprecedented and challenging question The New York Times asked all candidates in June. That question really translates to, “Can the next President begin to reverse global warming?” A few of 21 responders actually answered the question. See our rough “machine transcript”. We highlight those who talked about removing carbon dioxide, which is how to start reversing global warming! And that started us thinking about Scorecards!
We first started work for a Healthy Climate Scorecard
That scorecard had two questions: 1.Net-Zero: What year can we begin reversing global warming? (The specific version of the New York Times question.) That would enable the key followup question at a debate: Then what are your priorities?
That took us to candidates’ answers to: 2. Can we actually restore our climate? Followup questions at a debate could include: Is your climate goal to stay under 2°C or 1.5°C, avoiding the worst consequences of climate change? Or do you consider yourself accountable to give future generations a safe and healthy climate?
That scorecard morphed into the Climate Restoration Emergency Action Report Card. See the top of this posting!
And go to Briefing Presidential Advisors Can Add Hope to the Climate Debate for the big picture.
Working documents from the initial project can still be found at Healthy Climate Scorecard plus backup material. It’s a Google Doc with:
- Candidate Scorecard in development
- Backup quotes from candidates
- Statements from candidates at Debate 1 nights 1 & 2
- Transcript of candidates’ answers to NY Times climate question
- Which candidates support the Congressional Climate Emergency Resolution?
- Which candidates say climate change is a top priority?
- We got this far because of grassroots campaigns for a Climate Debate
- Media clips about the campaign for a climate debate