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The Rankings

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    A+

    1. Bernie Sanders

    (D)

    Green New Deal

    45/50

    No Fossil Fuels

    49/50

    How They Scored

    Sanders has committed to take on the fossil fuel industry and enact a Green New Deal. He’ll halt new fossil fuel drilling and phase out existing coal, oil, and gas production. He’ll prioritize vulnerable workers and communities in a well-managed transition to a 100% renewable society. He’s championed climate justice in the Senate for years and has a detailed plan to continue his legacy if elected president. Read more.

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    A

    2. Tom Steyer

    (D)

    Green New Deal

    45/50

    No Fossil Fuels

    43/50

    How They Scored

    Steyer has pledged to end giveaways to the fossil fuel industry and put communities on the frontlines of environmental injustice first on the way to 100% clean energy by 2045. He’ll hold fossil fuel polluters accountable for contributing to the climate crisis. He supports a Green New Deal. Read more.

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    A

    3. Elizabeth Warren

    (D)

    Green New Deal

    43/50

    No Fossil Fuels

    44/50

    How They Scored

    Warren was the first 2020 candidate to call for a halt to new fossil fuel leasing on public lands and waters. She has a detailed plan for a Green New Deal. Her plan would prioritize investments for communities facing environmental injustice, Indigenous communities, and workers impacted by the transition away from fossil fuels. She’s pledged to take on the fossil fuel industry head-on if elected president. Read more.

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    B+

    4. Pete Buttigieg

    (D)

    Green New Deal

    40.5/50

    No Fossil Fuels

    32/50

    How They Scored

    Buttigieg called the Green New Deal the “right beginning.” He’s agreed to halt fossil fuel leasing and subsidies. He has a plan to reach net-zero emissions by 2050. However, his plan leans on risky carbon capture technology that could extend the fossil fuel era. He signed the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge but has not committed to hold fossil fuel companies responsible for their contributions to the climate crisis. 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 aims to reach net-zero emissions by 2050. He would invest in clean energy research and infrastructure, eliminate oil, gas, and coal subsidies, and re-establish U.S. global leadership. However, he has not committed to fully ban new fossil fuel drilling on public lands and waters, nor halt federal permits for new fossil fuel infrastructure. Read more.

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    B

    6. Tulsi Gabbard

    (D)

    Green New Deal

    33.5/50

    No Fossil Fuels

    36/50

    How They Scored

    Gabbard introduced the “OFF Fossil Fuels Act” in Congress, 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 says she supports the goals of a Green New Deal, but has not released a detailed plan to tackle the climate crisis if elected president. Read more.

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    C+

    7. Amy Klobuchar

    (D)

    Green New Deal

    34/50

    No Fossil Fuels

    18.5/50

    How They Scored

    Klobuchar supports ending oil and gas drilling on public lands and eliminating fossil fuel subsidies. She set a goal of reaching net-zero U.S. emissions by 2050. But her climate plan lacks the level of detail and ambition She co-sponsored the Green New Deal resolution in Congress but has called it “aspirational.” Read more.

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    C+

    8. Michael Bloomberg

    (D)

    Green New Deal

    33/50

    No Fossil Fuels

    19/50

    How They Scored

    Bloomberg supports reaching 100% clean energy before 2050. He supports eliminating fossil fuel subsidies and halting drilling on public lands. However, he has not put forward a detailed plan to phase out fossil fuel production for good while supporting working families and frontline communities along the way. Read more.

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    C+

    9. Andrew Yang

    (D)

    Green New Deal

    30.5/50

    No Fossil Fuels

    16.5/50

    How They Scored

    Yang wants to achieve net-zero emissions by 2049, but his plan relies heavily on risky nuclear, carbon capture, and geo-engineering schemes. He supports ending fossil fuel subsidies and drilling on public lands, but does not have a detailed plan to phase out oil, gas, and coal production for good. Read more.

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    C-

    10. John Delaney

    (D)

    Green New Deal

    21/50

    No Fossil Fuels

    15/50

    How They Scored

    Delaney does not support a Green New Deal, and his plan to tackle the climate crisis is short on details. He supports a partial reduction in fossil fuel subsidies, but has not proposed additional policies we’ll need to move to a world beyond fossil fuels. It’s long past time for vague promises, but that is about all Delaney has offered so far. Read more.

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    D+

    11. Michael Bennet

    (D)

    Green New Deal

    16/50

    No Fossil Fuels

    10.5/50

    How They Scored

    Bennet opposes a Green New Deal and has said he believes “natural gas has a role to play” in tackling the climate crisis. We need to rapidly move to 100% renewable energy — not develop additional fossil fuels that will lock us into years more climate pollution. Bennet is a long way behind when it comes to leading on climate action. Read more.

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    F

    12. Bill Weld

    (R)

    Green New Deal

    7/50

    No Fossil Fuels

    0/50

    How They Scored

    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

    13. Donald Trump

    (R)

    Green New Deal

    0/50

    No Fossil Fuels

    0/50

    How They Scored

    Trump denies the reality of the climate crisis and is actively promoting fossil fuels while weakening existing climate protections. His Cabinet is filled with former coal and oil lobbyists. Trump gets an “F” for putting our most vulnerable communities — and our very futures — at risk. Read more.

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Act Now!

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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.

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.