Environmental group ranks Bloomberg, Klobuchar last in climate plans

Environmental group ranks Bloomberg, Klobuchar last in climate plans
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An environmental protection organization ranked Mike Bloomberg and Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Klobuchar3 reasons why Biden is misreading the politics of court packing Social media platforms put muscle into National Voter Registration Day Battle lines drawn on precedent in Supreme Court fight MORE (D-Minn.) last in the presidential primary field based on each candidate’s proposed climate plans. 

Bloomberg, the former New York City mayor, and Klobuchar each received a score of just one out of 10 on the Center For Biological Diversity Action Fund’s updated climate scorecard released Wednesday. 

The group measured the six candidates set to appear in Wednesday night’s Nevada debate on 10 actions to protect the climate. 


Bloomberg and Klobuchar only received a point for a commitment to “end new fossil fuel leasing,” which all six candidates on the scorecard received credit for. 

“The stark differences between how the candidates would address the climate crisis shouldn’t be glossed over,” Kassie Siegel, climate director at the Center for Biological Diversity Action Fund, said in a statement. “Bloomberg’s climate plan contains almost no bold executive actions, firm targets to curb greenhouse pollution, or spending to confront the emergency.”

In contrast, Siegel said, Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSirota reacts to report of harassment, doxing by Harris supporters Republicans not immune to the malady that hobbled Democrats The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Republicans lawmakers rebuke Trump on election MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenOvernight Defense: Appeals court revives House lawsuit against military funding for border wall | Dems push for limits on transferring military gear to police | Lawmakers ask for IG probe into Pentagon's use of COVID-19 funds On The Money: Half of states deplete funds for Trump's 0 unemployment expansion | EU appealing ruling in Apple tax case | House Democrats include more aid for airlines in coronavirus package Warren, Khanna request IG investigation into Pentagon's use of coronavirus funds MORE (D-Mass.), “would use the full power of the presidency and commit trillions to fight this greatest threat to our planet.”

Sanders received the highest score from the group, with a score of 10 out of 10 based on the qualities the group looked at. Warren was second, with eight out of 10, losing points in two categories: plans to to “phase out existing fossil fuel production” and  to “transition to a publicly-owned power system.”

Klobuchar has differed from the progressives on fossil fuel policy, saying that she sees natural gas as a “transition fuel” to help the U.S. eventually become carbon neutral. 


A statement from the group characterized proposals by Bloomberg and Klobuchar as the “vaguest and weakest climate plans.” 

Former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegBillionaire who donated to Trump in 2016 donates to Biden The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - GOP closes ranks to fill SCOTUS vacancy by November Buttigieg stands in as Pence for Harris's debate practice MORE improved his score from a two out of 10 to a four out of 10 in the updated score, based on his new commitment on climate in his infrastructure plan released last month, the group said. 

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenFormer Pence aide: White House staffers discussed Trump refusing to leave office Progressive group buys domain name of Trump's No. 1 Supreme Court pick Bloomberg rolls out M ad buy to boost Biden in Florida MORE received a two out of 10 from the group, including a second point for committing to prosecute big polluters in court. 

The Center for Biological Diversity Action Fund did not include billionaire Tom SteyerTom SteyerTV ads favored Biden 2-1 in past month Inslee calls Biden climate plan 'perfect for the moment' OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Trump administration finalizes plan to open up Alaska wildlife refuge to drilling | California finalizes fuel efficiency deal with five automakers, undercutting Trump | Democrats use vulnerable GOP senators to get rare win on environment MORE in the scorecard. Steyer failed to make the Wednesday night debate stage in Las Vegas. 

A previous version of the scorecard ranked Klobuchar last and did not include Bloomberg.

Rachel Frazin contributed.