With 90 percent of Democrat voters supporting more federal global warming aid, there is no hedging and no hiding on the liberal side of the 2020 tracks. A few Democratic candidates are taking notice and making it abundantly clear where they stand.
That 90 percent also thinks the country should prioritize renewables over fossil fuels. Still, as the party tries to win over traditionally red states and districts, some Democrats are shooting for a middle-of-the-road stance on environmental activism.
In the Texas Senate race, a handful of Democrats are challenging incumbent Sen. John Cornyn (R) for the U.S. seat. In interviews with the Texas Tribune, four out of five of them said they would not sign Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal if given the chance, citing the legislation as too polarizing.
A smaller majority (3/5) would not support a federal ban on fracking, instead preferring more regulations, more environmental protections, and more research. Most (4/5) support cap-and-trade plans to reduce emissions.
The bottom line: even Democrats are hesitant to take a hard green line in a red state whose electricity generation is over 68 percent fossil fuels.
The presidential race is no stranger to climate duality, either. Washington governor Jay Inslee came into the race on a green platform including comprehensive legislative proposals. His campaign ended in August when he failed to break one percent in polls.
“In other words, climate change may occupy a position in the party much like Elizabeth Warren does in the primary: Both are just about every Democrat’s second-best friend,” reported Robinson Meyer in The Atlantic.