2. Kamala Harris shows some climate cards...
2020 White House hopeful Sen. Kamala Harris and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez floated legislation yesterday to ensure climate policy addresses the needs of the poor, people of color and other "frontline" communities.
Why it matters: The draft bill signals growing emphasis on the nexus between emissions-cutting proposals and broader social and racial justice goals.
- It's the most detail yet on climate from Harris, who backs the sweeping-but-vague Green New Deal, but whose campaign lacks a detailed climate platform thus far.
- The draft "Climate Equity Act" comes from her Senate office, but it's still a policy statement from a major White House candidate.
How it works: Environmental and climate bills would get a quantitative "equity score" akin to budgetary analyses conducted by the Congressional Budget Office.
- It also creates a process to measure costs and benefits of regulations on frontline communities, and aims to ensure federal investments benefit these populations.
The big picture: Harris said cutting emissions is not enough. "We must ensure that communities already contending with unsafe drinking water, toxic air, and lack of economic opportunity are not left behind," she said in a statement.
Quick take: Teaming up with AOC, the high-profile progressive with a big activist following, could help Harris politically as she competes for primary support on the left.
What's next: I'll be watching to see if Harris mentions the plan Wednesday night in this week's second CNN debate in Michigan, where the water crisis in Flint will surely surface.