Beto O’Rourke’s signing of the No Fossil Fuel Money pledge is the latest indication that the terms of the political debate on climate change have fundamentally shifted.
Presidential contender Beto O’Rourke released his plan to combat climate change, committing to ban new fossil fuel leases on public lands, end billions in fossil fuel subsidies, and account for the full climate and community costs in federal permitting decisions.
This week has seen some important public statements from candidates about their plans to constrain Big Oil, Gas, and Coal’s expansion and implemented a controlled wind-down of fossil fuel production that addresses environmental injustices and strengthens labor protections. Here’s a quick run-down of these stances on real climate leadership.
“We need to know that whoever is nominated to take on Trump in 2020 has what it takes to stand up to the fossil fuel industry and fight for bold solutions to the climate crisis. That’s why we need a full debate focused specifically on climate change, so an informed moderator can press candidates beyond platitudes, seek out specific details, and hold them accountable to what the science says is necessary.”
His plan to combat climate change includes passing a Green New Deal, committing to ban fracking, new fossil fuel infrastructure, and fossil fuel leases on public lands, and ending the export of coal, natural gas, and crude oil.
Ending fossil fuel extraction on public lands is both necessary and obvious. Our public lands should be used for public good, not for oil industry profits at the expense of our climate and communities.
Today, President Trump announced actions aimed at speeding approvals of oil and gas infrastructure proposals, doubling down on climate disaster.
The majority of the major Presidential candidates in the Democratic field for 2020 have now signed the No Fossil Fuel Money pledge. That’s ten in all! They join over 1,400 politicians from across the country that have already signed the pledge. We need leaders that reject the influence of fossil fuel money and plan for … Read More
With Mayor Pete signing the pledge today, a majority of substantial Democratic Presidential candidates have now pledged to reject money from fossil fuel industry interests.
Fossil fuel interests have given nearly 10 times as much dirty money to senators voting against the Green New Deal resolution than to those who voted “present” on the resolution.