2020 Dems release clean energy plans before CNN town hall


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September 4, 2019: Several 2020 Democrats have released climate change plans ahead of Wednesday night’s CNN town hall on climate change. The fourth Democratic primary debate is set for Oct. 15-16.



Notable Quotes of the Day

“Harris is trying to run in a lane very similar to what Rubio tried to do in 2016. They’re both new faces, running as next-generation candidates against candidates that in many ways represent the past. They came into the campaign with ideological credentials but a message that would play well in the general.”

It’s a good strategy for coming in second. If you’re acceptable to everyone you’re not necessarily loved by anyone.”

– Alex Conant, communications director for 2016 Rubio presidential campaign

“As the field is narrowing, this next debate will have fewer Democrats on the stage. Kids are back to school. Moms and dads are back from vacations. They’re starting to pay attention more here, as well. I do think there’s still time for Kamala to move forward. I think she’s a very polished politician, a good elected official, someone with a strong background, and she’ll make her case. I wouldn’t just count her out entirely yet.

 – Joe Crowley, former Democratic House Caucus chairman


  • The fourth Democratic presidential primary debate is scheduled for Oct. 15-16, 2019, in Ohio.

  • Ten candidates will participate in a climate change town hall event spanning seven hours on CNN Wednesday evening: Joe BidenCory BookerPete ButtigiegJulián CastroKamala HarrisAmy KlobucharBeto O’RourkeBernie SandersElizabeth Warren, and Andrew Yang.

  • Michael Bennet will speak at an education town hall on Thursday in Des Moines, Iowa.

  • Bill de Blasio launched the Office for the Prevention of Hate Crimes in New York City Tuesday, naming Deborah Lauter its executive director.

  • Booker issued his $3 trillion climate change platform, which would include investments to advance environmental justice, a transition to a carbon-neutral economy by no later than 2045, the elimination of fossil fuel subsidies, and a $400 billion investment to create a clean energy workforce.

  • Steve Bullock will appear on The Daily Show Thursday night.

  • Buttigieg proposed three pillars in his $1.1 trillion climate change proposal Wednesday morning: building a clean economy, investing in disaster relief and prevention, and promoting America’s international role in combating climate change.

  • Julián Castro released his “People and Planet First” environmental plan. “Together, we will direct $10 trillion in federal, state, local, and private investments over the next decade to create ten million good paying jobs, transition away from fossil fuels, build a 100 percent clean-energy economy, and lead the world in the 21st century,” he wrote in a Medium post introducing the plan.

  • Tulsi Gabbard campaigned in Dubuque and Waterloo Tuesday. She said she would remain in the race through the Iowa caucuses.

  • Harris released her $10 trillion climate plan, which includes promoting environmental justice, ending subsidies for the fossil fuel industry, implementing a progressive fee on carbon pollution, and creating a clean energy economy by 2045.

  • Amy Klobuchar finished second in her home state’s straw poll conducted at the Minnesota State Fair with 16 percent support. Warren topped the field with 38 percent support.

  • Wayne Messam tweeted about local disaster relief efforts for the Bahamas. 

  • Tim Ryan is finishing a three-day tour of South Carolina Thursday.

  • Joe Sestak is speaking at the Iowa Caucus Consortium’s candidate forum series Wednesday, along with several other stops in the state.

  • Tom Steyer held a climate change town hall Tuesday in Oakland.

  • Warren announced Tuesday that she was endorsing and adopting Jay Inslee’s climate plan and would commit an additional $1 trillion over 10 years to subsidize the transition to a clean energy economy.

  • Marianne Williamson is speaking at the Las Vegas Enlightenment Center Wednesday.


  • Joe Walsh discussed his presidential campaign, Trump’s potential impact on other 2020 elections, and the state of conservative media on John Ziegler’s Individual 1 podcast.

Flashback: September 4, 2019

Hillary Clinton apologized for her private email server use in her third nationally televised interview as a 2016 presidential candidate.