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Amy Klobuchar's 2020 Launch Addressed a Major Campaign Issue: Climate Change

Do you support Amy Klobuchar for president?

by Axios | Updated on 2.11.19

Sen. Amy Klobuchar jumped into the White House race yesterday and her speech's climate lines are worth breaking down:

"The people are on our side when it comes to climate change. Why? Because like you and I, they believe in science. That’s why in the first 100 days of my administration I will reinstate the clean power rules and the gas mileage standards and put forth sweeping legislation to invest in green jobs and infrastructure. And on day one, we will rejoin the international climate agreement."

Quick take: Maybe I'm reading too much into it, but it can be viewed as a mix of ambition and an implicit nod to the daunting legislative hurdles in front of moving a big bill.

  • Reinstating former President Obama's Clean Power Plan is hardly the most ambitious goal in the world — that rule would have largely provided a regulatory backstop for trends already apparent in the power sector.
  • Reinstating the auto mileage rules would be a return to what was already on the books before Trump-era rollbacks began. Ditto for recommitting to the Paris agreement, which President Trump plans to abandon.

But, but, but: Klobuchar is among the Senate sponsors of the Green New Deal (GND) resolution, so there's one template for the "sweeping legislation" she mentions.

  • But it's extraordinarily unlikely that Democrats will have a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate even if they retake the chamber in 2020, so big legislation is a long shot.

The big picture: Climate change is playing an improbably large role in the early 2020 jockeying. The latest example came yesterday evening, when Trump inaccurately suggested (again) that cold weather somehow disproves climate change.

  • Trump mocked her on Twitter for "talking proudly of fighting global warming while standing in a virtual blizzard of snow, ice and freezing temperatures."
  • "Science is on my side, @realDonaldTrump. Looking forward to debating you about climate change (and many other issues)," Klobuchar responded, also on Twitter.

Go deeper: The Green New Deal is getting a boost from 2020 hopefuls

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  • Christine
    Voted Maybe
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    Glad it is a diverse, wide field. Looking forward to hearing their platforms and making an informed choice.

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  • Livia
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    There's not much I can say, except here comes another one dumb dumb and dumber. One country cannot stop climate changes , every country would have to do the same thing , miss stupid. It can't just happened in the US. I do not understand how these people get into politics, and who would vote for them??????

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  • Brad
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    this senator is smart tough and listens I applaud her announcement

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  • Curt
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    Climate is determined by the sun. We are in a Grand Solar Minimum. Climate change is for control.

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  • Kari
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    To the lady who says it wouldn’t make a difference because not everyone is doing it—it WILL make a difference and we’re the only Western country that isn’t on board.

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  • Livia
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    AOC, I watched this woman on television presenting her climate change Green deal, I could not believe the men that were with her, and agreeing with her.. The woman is an [ dumb] The democratic party is supporting this idiot. Global warming if there is such a thing, would have to happen with every country not just in America the atmosphere goes around the world. Everyone in the world would have to stop fossil fuel. Not just in our country (you stupid. Democratic party} I can't believe I used to be a Democrat. That was back when Kennedy was president. Keep following Nancy Pelosi. You are flushing the democratic party Down the toilet.

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  • Bernie
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    I am glad she threw her hat into the ring. A good potential candidate

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  • J
    Voted No
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    She does not represent the interests of all her constituents equally. She is more focused on her own party’s agenda than the best interests of all people equally and those of the country at large. This has become more evident in recent months based on her comments, narrative, and policies that she supports.

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  • Ken
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    I would like to hear her proposals. We need a uniter in chief. My hope is that when the smoke clears we will have a strong candidate that will work to make america sane again.

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  • Brian
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    I can't say I'll ultimately vote for Klobuchar, but I'm happy to see a progressive, qualified woman from a midwestern state throwing her hat into the ring. I think Klobuchar is a leader in the Senate, an even temper on the Judiciary Committee, and a well spoken policy thinker. She's not going to shrink from the extreme voices on the right, and I appreciate that.

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  • Tinee
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    I'm going to support which ever Democrat wins the nomination. I have 2 years worth of information proving to me supporting the GOP in anyway is bad for this country & everyone that calls it home.

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  • ManfromNebraska
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    Another Democrat looking to steal our freedom. Climate change is just another way for government to get larger and to remove freedoms from the citizens. Climate has changed since the world began and God ordained it that way.

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  • Dave
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    Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar jumped into the White House race yesterday. The democratic have the most divisive group of people and the most women in their party. It represents America better then any other group. As far as climate change China, India and many countries are changing out of Necessity, people are Dying, the pollution, whether air, water or weather is killing people. I think all the people running against Trump will better than Trump and the GOP backing polluting corporations. One thing about the earth, if we don’t do anything, it will. As far as redistribution of wealth we did that with Reagan, Bush2 and Trump with the trickleup to wealth and corporations by tax cuts, putting the Burden on states and middle class. The country was the greatest when the taxes were higher for the top, in the 60’s, it was 90%. Billionaire give money to nonprofit, nonprofits don’t build infrastructure, but support the billionaires position and protect their wealth with smoke and mirrors.

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  • tituswife
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    People who believe in science don't murder children after they're born. #TheresForgivenessForAbortion

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  • DrCindyBean
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    Amy Klobuchar is my preferred Presidential candidate right now.

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  • Miles
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    The IPCC estimates that if America was at net zero emissions, the global temp would drop ~0.2 degrees Celsius in about 100 years. It would do absolutely nothing & the countries with the most emissions have no interest in lowering them. So explain to me how climate change isn’t just a front for redistribution of wealth & fear-based government extortion.

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  • Robert
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    If she supports...climate change legislation and not just standing out in it like some crazy meteorologist on TV😁

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  • Mark
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    Climate hoax

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  • Azrael
    Voted Maybe
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    Need more info on all the candidates

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  • Scott
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    Yesterday at 3:42 AM
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    We’ll see how debates go. I support progressives and only progressives.

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