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1. Which candidate has committed to a full and responsible phase-out of fossil fuels?

1. Which candidate has committed to a full and responsible phase-out of fossil fuels?

2. Which of these presidential hopefuls HASN’T endorsed a climate debate this summer?

2. Which of these presidential hopefuls HASN’T endorsed a climate debate this summer?

3. Who has released the most ambitious and comprehensive climate plan so far?

3. Who has released the most ambitious and comprehensive climate plan so far?

4. Which candidate HAS NOT supported the Green New Deal?

4. Which candidate HAS NOT supported the Green New Deal?
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    1. Jay Inslee

    (D)

    Green New Deal

    44/50

    No Fossil Fuels

    45/50

    How They Scored

    Gov. Inslee has championed bold climate action for years. He has laid out the most detailed plan of any candidate so far to implement a Green New Deal and confront the power of the fossil fuel industry. He has committed to end the reckless growth of oil, gas, and coal extraction, and phase out fossil fuel production while supporting workers and communities in the transition to a clean energy future. He’s promised to invest $3 trillion over ten years to achieve 100% clean power by 2030 and net-zero emissions by 2045, while prioritizing investments for frontline, Indigenous, and low-income communities. He signed the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge. Keep it up, Gov. Inslee! Read more.

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    A-

    2. Cory Booker

    (D)

    Green New Deal

    40/50

    No Fossil Fuels

    41/50

    How They Scored

    Sen. Booker co-sponsored the Green New Deal resolution. As a Senator, he supported the “100 by ‘50 Act” to transition the U.S. to 100% clean energy by 2050, halt new federal fossil fuel projects, and support workers and disadvantaged communities along the way. He has also made environmental justice a centerpiece of his campaign, and recently said he’d ban fracking if elected president. He’s made strong statements on climate, and has signed the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge. Now he needs to release a detailed climate plan. Will he pledge to make bold climate action a real priority on Day One? Read more.

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    B+

    3. Bernie Sanders

    (D)

    Green New Deal

    37.5/50

    No Fossil Fuels

    40/50

    How They Scored

    Sen. Sanders has championed bold climate action for years. In Congress, Sen. Sanders co-sponsored the “100 by ‘50 Act” and “Keep It In the Ground Act” to cut off federal support for coal, oil, and gas while ushering in 100% clean energy by 2050. He also introduced legislation to support coal workers and communities. Sen. Sanders co-sponsored the Green New Deal resolution and has pledged to halt new federal fossil fuel projects if elected — but has yet to call for a full, managed phase-out of the fossil fuel industry. He also has yet to put forth a detailed plan to tackle the climate crisis. Keep it comin’, Sen. Sanders! Read more.

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    B+

    4. Elizabeth Warren

    (D)

    Green New Deal

    38/50

    No Fossil Fuels

    36/50

    How They Scored

    Sen. Warren supports the Green New Deal and its call for a 10-year mobilization towards 100% clean energy. She was the first 2020 presidential candidate to commit to end new fossil fuel drilling on public lands and waters on Day One if elected. She supports eliminating fossil fuel subsidies, has signed the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge, and has put out a robust plan to foster the clean energy economy. Sen. Warren has fought to keep fossil fuel workers from being left behind, and championed resiliency and a just recovery for Puerto Rico and other regions struck by climate-fueled disaster. Sen. Warren has yet to put forward a comprehensive plan to phase out fossil fuels and usher in 100% clean energy for all, though so far she has put out several parts of a climate plan. Read more.

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    B+

    5. Joe Biden

    (D)

    Green New Deal

    38/50

    No Fossil Fuels

    34/50

    How They Scored

    Biden’s climate plan has a lot to like, including investments in clean energy, an enforcement mechanism to get us to net-zero emissions, promises to hold polluters accountable, a strong international focus, and making sure we don’t leave workers or communities behind in the transition to a renewable energy economy. He recently told a Greenpeace activist he supports phasing out coal, oil, and gas — including banning fossil fuel exports. He signed the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge. But he still has a ways to go when it comes to confronting the fossil fuel industry. All candidates must pledge to make bold climate action a Day One priority in office. Read more.

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    B

    6. Kirsten Gillibrand

    (D)

    Green New Deal

    41/50

    No Fossil Fuels

    30/50

    How They Scored

    Sen. Gillibrand co-sponsored the Green New Deal resolution. She supports aiming for net-zero emissions and phasing out fossil fuel production on a very ambitious timeline. She has also pledged to stop new oil and gas leasing on public lands, end fossil fuel subsidies, limit fossil fuel exports, and build community resilience to the climate crisis. She signed the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge. Despite her ambitious commitments Sen. Gillibrand has yet to release her own detailed plan to usher in 100% renewable energy, phase out fossil fuels, and support workers and communities in the transition. She’s on the right track, and we’re looking forward to more! Read more.

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    B

    7. Tulsi Gabbard

    (D)

    Green New Deal

    33.5/50

    No Fossil Fuels

    36/50

    How They Scored

    Rep. Gabbard told The Washington Post she supports the goals of the Green New Deal. She has led the way in Congress by introducing the “OFF Fossil Fuels Act for a Better Future,” which would transition the U.S. to 100% clean power and transportation by 2035, halt new federal fossil fuel projects, and repeal some oil and gas subsidies. She said “yes” when asked if she supports a full fossil fuel phaseout. But she hasn’t released a detailed plan to tackle climate change if elected president. Rep. Gabbard was on track to lead the pack on tackling the climate crisis — will she recommit to leading the way? Read more.

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    B

    8. Marianne Williamson

    (D)

    Green New Deal

    37/50

    No Fossil Fuels

    27/50

    How They Scored

    Williamson has endorsed the Green New Deal, wants the U.S. to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045, and called for the U.S. to “transition away from fossil fuel energy and halt all new fossil fuel projects.” She supports eliminating fossil fuel subsidies, banning fracking and fossil fuel exports, and securing a “just transition” for impacted workers and communities. She called for prioritizing people of color, indigenous communities, and low-income Americans in enhancing resilience to climate disasters. Williamson has signed the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge. While her plans to tackle the climate crisis are not as detailed as some other candidates’, she’s on the right track. Read more.

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    B-

    9. Beto O’Rourke

    (D)

    Green New Deal

    33/50

    No Fossil Fuels

    27.5/50

    How They Scored

    O’Rourke supports the Green New Deal and recently released an ambitious climate platform to invest $1.5 trillion in clean energy, support workers and communities, guarantee net-zero emissions by 2050, and advance climate resiliency. He’s pledged to take action on Day One in office to stop new oil and gas drilling on public lands and waters, eliminate fossil fuel subsidies, and hold polluters accountable. He’s also signed the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge. However, O’Rourke has yet to commit to a full, managed phase out of fossil fuel production. We’re looking forward to hearing more from him! Read more.

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    C

    10. Pete Buttigieg

    (D)

    Green New Deal

    27/50

    No Fossil Fuels

    17.5/50

    How They Scored

    Mayor Buttigieg called the Green New Deal “the right beginning.” As Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, he’s pledged to uphold the goals of the Paris Agreement. He’s also signed the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge, and recently said he supports ending fossil fuel leasing on public lands, banning fracking, and cutting fossil fuel subsidies. However, he has yet to release a detailed plan to phase out fossil fuel production and transition to 100% clean energy while ensuring no worker or community is left behind. What will Mayor Buttigieg do next? Read more.

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    C

    11. Bill de Blasio

    (D)

    Green New Deal

    24/50

    No Fossil Fuels

    19.5/50

    How They Scored

    Mayor De Blasio supports the Green New Deal. He wants to ban fracking, stop oil and gas drilling on public lands, and eliminate fossil fuel subsidies. He signed the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge. As New York City’s mayor, De Blasio pledged to divest the city’s funds from fossil fuel companies, filed a lawsuit against five major fossil fuel companies for contributing to the climate crisis, and released a “OneNYC” plan to confront the climate crisis and strengthen equity in New York City. Mayor De Blasio’s record on climate is solid, but he still has an opportunity to truly lead with a comprehensive climate plan that says YES to a Green New Deal and NO to Fossil Fuels. What will he do next? Read more.

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    C

    12. Kamala Harris

    (D)

    Green New Deal

    25/50

    No Fossil Fuels

    15/50

    How They Scored

    Sen. Harris co-sponsored the Green New Deal resolution, but has yet to release her own detailed plan to make bold climate action a Day One priority. She supported legislation to ban offshore drilling off the Arctic and Gulf Coast and get rid of some oil subsidies, supports ending fossil fuel leasing on public lands, and has taken the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge. But, she has not committed to take full measures to end fossil fuel expansion. Will Sen. Harris go further on climate? Read more.

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    C-

    13. Julián Castro

    (D)

    Green New Deal

    24/50

    No Fossil Fuels

    11.5/50

    How They Scored

    Former Secretary Castro has promised to “say no to subsidizing big oil and say yes to passing a Green New Deal,” and called for net-zero emissions by 2050 in his “People First Housing” Plan, but has yet to release a detailed climate plan. He signed the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge, and told a Greenpeace activist he’ll end fossil fuel leasing on public lands if elected president. As Mayor of San Antonio, Texas, he helped the city close a 900-megawatt coal plant and set renewable energy targets, but also supported expanding fracking operations in the region. What else does Secretary Castro have in store? Read more.

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    C-

    14. John Delaney

    (D)

    Green New Deal

    21/50

    No Fossil Fuels

    11/50

    How They Scored

    Delaney doesn’t support the Green New Deal, and compared the plan to “Trump saying that Mexico is going to pay for the wall.” Instead, he plans to increase clean energy research and eliminate $5 billion in fossil fuel subsidies — and invest heavily in unproven “negative emission technologies” to remove CO2 from the atmosphere. He has not signed the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge, and voted to expedite liquified natural gas exports as a member of Congress. His climate plan has some positives, but misses the mark in moving us to a just and safe renewable energy economy that puts people first. Read more.

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    C-

    15. Amy Klobuchar

    (D)

    Green New Deal

    20/50

    No Fossil Fuels

    10/50

    How They Scored

    Sen. Klobuchar co-sponsored the Green New Deal resolution, but has called it “aspirational.” As a Senator, she has voted to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from oil drilling, eliminate fossil fuel subsidies, and stop the Keystone XL pipeline. She recently signed the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge. However, she has yet to release a climate plan that commits to a managed phase-out of fossil fuel production, gets us to a 100% clean energy future before 2050, and ensures no worker or community gets left behind. We look forward to seeing Sen. Klobuchar stand up to fossil fuel polluters and pledge to tackle the climate crisis at the scale and speed our communities need. Read more.

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    D+

    16. Andrew Yang

    (D)

    Green New Deal

    19.5/50

    No Fossil Fuels

    7/50

    How They Scored

    Yang has said he’s “aligned and on board” with the Green New Deal, but his plan to tackle the climate crisis relies heavily on untested carbon capture and geoengineering schemes. He has taken the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge and pledged to end tax breaks for fossil fuel companies. But he has yet to commit to fully phase out fossil fuels and protect impacted workers and communities in a clean energy revolution. Read more.

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    D+

    16. Michael Bennet

    (D)

    Green New Deal

    16/50

    No Fossil Fuels

    10.5/50

    How They Scored

    Sen. Bennet has a mixed record on climate. He supports eliminating some fossil fuel tax giveaways, supports the U.S. rejoining the Paris Agreement, and signed the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge. However, he opposes the Green New Deal, voted to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline, and said he believes “natural gas has a role to play” in tackling the climate crisis. Sen. Bennet has a long way to go if he wants to lead on climate. Read more.

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    D+

    18. Tim Ryan

    (D)

    Green New Deal

    15/50

    No Fossil Fuels

    10/50

    How They Scored

    Rep. Ryan opposes the Green New Deal resolution, and has yet to put forward his own plan to tackle the climate crisis. He recently signed the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge, and said he supports ending fossil fuel leasing on public lands and cutting fossil fuel subsidies. But in Congress, he voted in favor of allowing crude oil exports and speeding up exports of liquified natural gas. Rep. Ryan’s still got a long way to go when it comes to saying NO to fossil fuels and YES to the Green New Deal. Read more.

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    D

    19. Steve Bullock

    (D)

    Green New Deal

    17/50

    No Fossil Fuels

    5/50

    How They Scored

    Montana Gov. Bullock has called the Green New Deal “aspirational” and said “there are other things we can do” to tackle the climate crisis — but has yet to put forward his own proposals. He supports the U.S remaining in the Paris Agreement and has pledged to support workers in the transition away from fossil fuels. As Governor of Montana, however, Bullock supported the Keystone XL Pipeline, opposed the Clean Power Plan to reduce climate pollution from fossil fuel power plants, and opposed a moratorium on federal coal leasing. He has also not taken the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge. Gov. Bullock has a long way to go to put his record behind him. Read more.

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    D-

    20. John Hickenlooper

    (D)

    Green New Deal

    13/50

    No Fossil Fuels

    0/50

    How They Scored

    Former Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper released a climate plan, but it doesn’t go nearly far enough. He wants to rejoin the Paris Agreement and invest in clean energy, but has said the Green New Deal “limits our prospects for success,” although he supports “the concept.” Far from pledging to phase out fossil fuels, Hickenlooper has supported fracking, called for lifting the crude oil export ban, and opposed a citizen initiative to limit oil and gas production near schools and homes in Colorado. He un-signed the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge after learning it prohibits contributions above $200 from individual fossil fuel executives as well as PACs. Gov. Hickenlooper has a long way to go to prove his commitment to really tackle the climate crisis. What will he say next? Read more.

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    F

    21. Bill Weld

    (R)

    Green New Deal

    7/50

    No Fossil Fuels

    0/50

    How They Scored

    Former Massachusetts Gov. Weld has spoken about the “pressing need” to act on climate change and supports keeping the U.S. in the Paris Climate Agreement. However, he has said the Green New Deal is “probably more than I could sit still for,” and has not released concrete plans to phase out fossil fuels and tackle the climate crisis if elected. Read more.

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    F

    22. Donald Trump

    (R)

    Green New Deal

    0/50

    No Fossil Fuels

    0/50

    How They Scored

    Far from championing bold climate action, President Trump has denied the reality of the climate crisis and actively promoted fossil fuel production at the expense of communities and a safe climate future. He has aggressively rolled back federal policies to tackle climate pollution, appointed coal lobbyists to his Cabinet, and signed executive orders speeding up construction of crude oil and fracked gas pipelines. President Trump gets an F for putting the most vulnerable communities and our very future at risk. Read more.

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The time to act on climate change is now!

We know there’s a lot at stake in 2020, but middle of the road approaches to climate change won’t cut it. The next president needs to have the guts and vision to move us toward a safer, healthier, and more prosperous future where we reject the politics of fear and exclusion — while directly confronting corporate polluters who poison the air, water, and land.

If every 2020 candidate says #NoToFossilFuels and YES to a just and equitable Green New Deal, this election could ignite an energy revolution.

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Our Grading

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How our grading works

We scored candidates based on their responses to a Greenpeace USA survey and their public records, then assigned each a letter grade. Scores will be updated as candidates’ positions change. Among Democrats, we only included Democratic candidates who have crossed the DNC debate threshold. Check out our detailed methodology here.

What matters most is how each candidate would:

  1. Say #NoToFossilFuels by halting oil, gas, and coal expansion, phase out existing fossil fuel infrastructure, and center fossil fuel workers and climate-impacted communities in the transition to a renewable energy economy.
  2. Champion a Green New Deal by mobilizing our economy toward 100% renewable energy for all, creating millions of family-sustaining jobs, and securing a better future for communities that have borne the brunt of fossil fuel industry exploitation.