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Brian Schatz
To the 24 Democrats running for president: Climate change is a planetary emergency, and voters know it.  In April a CNN poll found that climate change was the top issue for D’s, outranking gun safety and even health care. But what does it mean to prioritize climate change? 1/5
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Brian Schatz Jun 17
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Be committed. Our next president will face tough choices between worthy causes, and voters need reassurance that you won’t drop climate change for an easier win if you’re elected. Show voters that you take this issue seriously, and personally
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Brian Schatz Jun 17
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Know the enemy. Not every story has villains, but this one does. Superpacs, the Koch brothers, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and others have built a climate denial apparatus that effectively keeps Congress from taking action. They should be vanquished. 3/5
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Brian Schatz Jun 17
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Meet the scale of the problem. It doesn’t matter if you say the words “green new deal” during debates, or if you support this or that specific plan to put a price on carbon, or if you want to spend $2.5 trillion or $3 trillion. The question: Is your plan big enough to fix this?
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Brian Schatz Jun 17
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Put people first. Climate action cannot be about birds and the butterflies. It cannot be the cause of conservationists and coastal elites. It is about saving unions, farms, fisheries, and factories. The best candidate on climate will have solutions that directly benefit people.
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Brian Schatz Jun 17
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I’m looking forward to the most robust discussion that we’ve ever had among Democrats about climate action play out over the next few months, starting with these debates. END
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