Column / Harder Line

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.

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Data: U.S. Energy Information Administration; Chart: Axios Visuals