Biden at bottom of list in environmental group's climate rankings

Biden at bottom of list in environmental group's climate rankings
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenFive takeaways from Trump's 2020 kickoff rally Five takeaways from Trump's 2020 kickoff rally Sanders tears into Trump in response to campaign kickoff rally MORE is trailing most of his Democratic presidential competitors in a newly released ranking of climate records.

Biden tied for last place with former Colorado Gov. John HickenlooperJohn Wright HickenlooperPoll: Biden leads Sanders by 22 points Poll: Biden leads Sanders by 22 points Democrats' 2020 Achilles's heel: The Senate MORE (D) and Rep. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) John Ryan2020 Democrat: Pelosi is 'juggling a caucus that's divided' 2020 Democrat: Pelosi is 'juggling a caucus that's divided' 2020 Democrat: Harriet Tubman will be on 'within the first year of my presidency' MORE (D-Ohio) with a grade of D-minus, putting him behind other White House hopefuls such as Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisBiden, Sanders to be center stage at first debate Biden, Sanders to be center stage at first debate Poll: Six Dems lead Trump in Florida match-ups MORE (Calif.), Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerWarren introduces universal child care legislation Warren introduces universal child care legislation Booker responds to Trump's mass deportation threat: 'This is not who we are' MORE (N.J.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenSanders tears into Trump in response to campaign kickoff rally Sanders tears into Trump in response to campaign kickoff rally Warren introduces universal child care legislation MORE (Mass.).

The rankings, released by Greenpeace on Thursday, took into consideration factors such as statements, legislative records, published plans and responses to a survey. The report card looked at the 19 candidates who have so far qualified for the first Democratic primary debate in June.

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Washington Gov. Jay InsleeJay Robert InsleePoll: Biden leads Sanders by 22 points Poll: Biden leads Sanders by 22 points Debunking Democrats' claims about fossil fuel tax breaks MORE (D) took the top position with an A-minus. Inslee is running primarily on climate action as his presidential platform.

Booker and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersFive takeaways from Trump's 2020 kickoff rally Five takeaways from Trump's 2020 kickoff rally Sanders tears into Trump in response to campaign kickoff rally MORE (I-Vt.) both earned grades of B-plus, putting them just behind Inslee to round out the top three spots.

Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandOvernight Health Care: Democrats attack after Trump revives talk of ObamaCare replacement | Cruz, Ocasio-Cortez efforts on birth control face major obstacles | CVS investing M to fight teen e-cig use Overnight Health Care: Democrats attack after Trump revives talk of ObamaCare replacement | Cruz, Ocasio-Cortez efforts on birth control face major obstacles | CVS investing M to fight teen e-cig use Trump's 2020 campaign strategy is to be above the law MORE (D-N.Y.), who came in fourth place, said in her survey response that she would champion transitioning the U.S. to 100 percent clean energy in 10 years by 2030. Her 10-year plan would include decarbonizing buildings, the industrial sector and the transportation industry. It's the first timeline commitment from Gillibrand, who has not released a comprehensive climate plan.

Grades were largely determined by a candidate's commitment to reject campaign donations from the fossil fuel industry, embrace the progressive climate action plan known as the Green New Deal, and timelines for seeking to transition the U.S. to a renewable electric grid.

Greenpeace does not endorse candidates.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP senator introduces bill to hold online platforms liable for political bias Rubio responds to journalist who called it 'strange' to see him at Trump rally Rubio responds to journalist who called it 'strange' to see him at Trump rally MORE and his lone GOP challenger, former Massachusetts Gov. Bill WeldWilliam (Bill) WeldTrump challenger Weld renews calls for his resignation after comments on political opponent Trump challenger Weld renews calls for his resignation after comments on political opponent Pollster: Trump has 'a lot of work to do' for 2020 reelection campaign MORE (R), both received failing grades.

Biden, who has consistently topped his Democratic competitors in the polls, has worried environmentalists for not being as outspoken on climate issues. Biden has not endorsed the Green New Deal nor pledged to reject fossil fuel money.