Dec 19, 2019

Warren lays out what she'd target during first 100 days on climate

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Elizabeth Warren, in a BuzzFeed News column published Wednesday, laid out what she'd seek to accomplish in her first 100 days on climate change.

Why it matters: Presidents have to make tough choices about where to deploy political capital, so Warren is signaling that this would be a priority.

The big picture: Warren vowed a day-one executive order "rolling back all of Donald Trump’s disastrous pro-fossil fuels policies," as well as banning new fossil fuel leases on public lands and waters.

  • Another move would be introducing legislation to enable a much faster transition away from fossil fuels.

Reality check: Despite the "100-day" vow, much of this would be a splashy move to undertake what would be time-consuming executive policy and push long-shot legislation.

  • Trump administration regulations can't be nixed via executive order. Instead, such an order would be a starting gun for agencies to get to work.

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BlackRock vows focus on climate change

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BlackRock, the world's largest asset manager, vowed on Tuesday to make climate change a pillar of its corporate strategy and mission.

Why it matters: BlackRock has $7 trillion in assets under management, and faces growing activist pressure to use its leverage to hasten the global transition to low-carbon energy.

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December's Democratic debate shows climate's reach in the party's messaging

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Thursday's debate nicely encapsulated the way that climate change has become stitched into the fabric of wider Democratic policy and messaging on many topics.

The state of play: While a huge Green New Deal-style mobilization lacks legs in Congress, its all-encompassing conceptual framing — climate as inseparable from industrial policy, human rights and much more — is carrying the day.

Go deeperArrowDec 20, 2019

Sanders and Warren clash on North America trade deal

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Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren took opposite positions on President Trump's North American trade deal, with Warren saying she would vote for it whereas Sanders said he would not.

What they're saying: Sanders has consistently criticized the trade agreement, known as USMCA, because it does not address climate change on any level. Warren argues starting with this trade deal is a modest improvement worth exploring.

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