Where Does Kamala Harris Fit into the Climate Debate?

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But if Harris is really here for the next generation and the future, is she prepared to tackle climate change?

The reason I ended up on her campaign website in the first place was to find out. Harris has been vocal about a plethora of issues but I haven’t heard her speak in-depth on climate or the environment. Regardless of which party wins the White House, a major part of the United States population still doesn’t accept climate change as a scientific fact. Environmental regulations and admittedly aggressive policy proposals are quickly branded as takeovers by the ruling class, and we need a Democratic candidate who can — and will — take those steps in spite of any ire drawn by the climate-denying Right.

There’s hope, though. Kamala Harris has a record to stand on.

Harris has a lifetime score of 100 percent from the League of Conservation Voters. She voted against repealing regulations on methane emissions, wrote an excellent critique of President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord, and categorically opposed the Trump administration’s proposal to reverse Obama-era fuel efficiency standards. In 2016 as California’s attorney general, Harris swiftly launched an investigation into Exxon Mobil after reports that the oil company lied for decades about the risks of global warming. And, in 2016 as a candidate for senate, Harris received endorsements from the Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Defense Council, or NRDC.

Zillennial preoccupied with the climate, media literacy, eco-spirituality, and finding the perfect almond croissant. Seattle.

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