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2020 Democrats fight for progressive cred on climate change

A car overloaded with climate change bumper stickers
Illustration: Lazaro Gamio/Axios

This week’s Democratic presidential debates are poised to showcase just how far left the party has moved in the last several years — especially on energy and climate change.

Why it matters: The Democrats’ eventual nominee is likely to be the most progressive in decades. Proposed policies could cripple oil and natural gas, direct trillions of dollars to renewable energy and reassert U.S. leadership abroad on climate change. It’s an open question whether most Americans would support them.

Sanders to propose bill wiping student debt of 45M Americans

Democratic Senator and presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders, addresses the crowd at a packed rally at Clinton College, in Rock Hill, SC on June, 22 2019.
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders. Photo: Logan Cyrus/AFP/Getty Images

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is set to unveil on Monday legislation to eliminate all $1.6 trillion of student debt held in the U.S. and pay for it by raising taxes on Wall Street, the Washington Post first reported.

"This is truly a revolutionary proposal: all Americans will get the college education or job training they need, while having all student debt forgiven. We bailed out Wall Street in 2008. It’s time to tax Wall Street’s greed to help the American people."
— Sanders statement on Twitter