There's Red and Blue, but Who's Green? - A Deeper Look Into the 2020 Presidential Candidates

As I'm sure most of you know, it's election season and polls are opening soon. As of now, the two main candidates are former Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden, and current President of the United States, Donald Trump.

Biden is representing the Democrats and overall urging Americans to vote for him because of his plan for economic recovery from COVID-19, solving racial and gender inequalities, and furthering education beyond high school. Most notably, his campaign rides on the fact that this election is a fight for the Soul of America and that he is not Donald Trump.

Trump, representing the Republicans, has centered his campaign around cutting. Cutting taxes, cutting Obamacare, and cutting the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Agreement. He wants to benefit the average everyday American and restore America to its former glory and greatness.

We know what these candidates really want but is it what we really want in terms of the environment?

In the summer of 2020, Joe Biden released a 1.7 trillion dollar “Clean Energy Revolution” plan on his website that has 5 key goals.

  1. 100% clean energy economy and net-zero emissions before 2020

  2. Invest 400 billion dollars over 10 years into energy and climate research and innovation

  3. Recommit to the Paris Climate Agreement

  4. Stand up to the abuse of power by polluters who harm communities of color and low-income communities

  5. Fulfil obligation to works and communities who powered industrial revolution and decades of economic growth.

As of October 1st, 2020 Trump has not released any climate plans but during his administration America has done the following

  1. Got America out of the Paris Climate Agreement

  2. Had the EPA rescind the “Clean Power Plan”

  3. Reconsidered an Obama era rule on methane emissions that would cost American energy developers an estimated 530 million dollars annually

  4. Expanded offshore oil and gas drilling, and opened more leases to develop offshore drilling

  5. Approved the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines

  6. Opened the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to domestic energy production.

Additionally, trump has repeatedly dismissed scientific observations about climate change and does not believe scientists.

Below is more information on where the presidential candidates stand on popular environmental topics.

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