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 KlobucharWith VP pick, Biden can't play small ball in a long ball world Hillicon Valley: Apple rolls out coronavirus screening app, website | Pompeo urged to crack down on coronavirus misinformation from China | Senators push FTC on price gouging | Instacart workers threaten strike Democratic Senators urge FTC to prevent coronavirus price gouging 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. 

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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 SandersWith VP pick, Biden can't play small ball in a long ball world Poll: Trump, Biden in dead heat in 2020 matchup Sunday shows preview: Lawmakers, state governors talk coronavirus, stimulus package and resources as pandemic rages on MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenHillicon Valley: Apple rolls out coronavirus screening app, website | Pompeo urged to crack down on coronavirus misinformation from China | Senators push FTC on price gouging | Instacart workers threaten strike Democratic Senators urge FTC to prevent coronavirus price gouging Democratic senators call on FDA to drop restrictions on blood donations from men who have sex with men 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. 

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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 ButtigiegReuters poll finds Sanders cutting Biden national lead to single digits Biden says he'll adopt plans from Sanders, Warren Buttigieg guest-hosts for Jimmy Kimmel: 'I've got nothing else going on' 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 BidenWith VP pick, Biden can't play small ball in a long ball world Poll: Trump, Biden in dead heat in 2020 matchup Coronavirus pushes GOP's Biden-Burisma probe to back burner 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 SteyerProgressive advocates propose T 'green stimulus' plan Candidates want data privacy rules, except for their own campaigns Budowsky: Biden should pull together a 'dream team of rivals' 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.