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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 candidates HAVE promised to end oil and gas drilling on public lands if elected president?

2. Which candidates HAVE promised to end oil and gas drilling on public lands if elected president?

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. Bernie Sanders

    (D)

    Green New Deal

    44/50

    No Fossil Fuels

    43/50

    How They Scored

    Sen. Sanders released a bold plan to invest $16 trillion in a Green New Deal to usher in 100% renewable energy in a decade, end giveaways to the fossil fuel industry and hold big polluters accountable, and prioritize workers, communities of color, and Indigenous communities in a just and inclusive transformation of the economy. He committed to immediately end federal subsidies and leases for fossil fuel production, halt new oil, gas, and coal projects, and ban harmful fracking and mountain-top removal practices. He pledged to hold fossil fuel companies accountable and make them pay for their contributions to the climate crisis. Sen. Sanders championed climate action for years in Congress, including co-sponsoring 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. Keep it up, Sen. Sanders! Read more.

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    A-

    2. Elizabeth Warren

    (D)

    Green New Deal

    43/50

    No Fossil Fuels

    42/50

    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, has a strong plan to prioritize the health and rights of Indigenous and frontline communities. She has a robust plan to mobilize for a clean energy future — but has not released a detailed plan to responsibly wind down existing fossil fuel production at the same time. Read more.

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    A-

    3. Tom Steyer

    (D)

    Green New Deal

    44/50

    No Fossil Fuels

    40/50

    How They Scored

    Steyer released a “Framework for a Justice-Centered Climate Plan” to stop the expansion of fossil fuel extraction and implement a Green New Deal. He aims to mobilize the government to achieve 100% clean electricity by 2040 and reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045. He’s pledged to stop oil and gas drilling on our public lands and end the buildout of new fossil fuel infrastructure while ensuring workers and communities can thrive in a renewable economy. He signed the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge. However, Steyer still has further to go to put forward a detailed plan to end the age of fossil fuels for good. Read more.

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    A-

    4. Cory Booker

    (D)

    Green New Deal

    44/50

    No Fossil Fuels

    39.5/50

    How They Scored

    Sen. Booker has a strong plan to end giveaways to the fossil fuel industry, hold polluters accountable, and invest $3 trillion to reach a 100% carbon-neutral economy by 2045 — including 100% clean power by 2030. He’s pledged to eliminate fossil fuel subsidies, halt new fossil fuel leasing on public lands, and ban federal permits for new fossil fuel projects. He plans to make fossil fuel companies pay to clean up their pollution and protect Indigenous communities, low-income families, and communities of color disproportionately harmed by fossil fuel extraction. He would guarantee protections and high-quality union jobs for workers in the transition away from fossil fuels. As a Senator, he introduced the “Environmental Justice Act” and supported the “100 by ‘50 Act” to transition the U.S. to 100% clean energy. He signed the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge and co-sponsored the Green New Deal resolution. However, he has yet to commit to a full phase-out of fossil fuel production. Read more.

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    B+

    5. Kamala Harris

    (D)

    Green New Deal

    44/50

    No Fossil Fuels

    33/50

    How They Scored

    Sen. Harris has put forward a strong climate plan to jumpstart a global, managed decline of the fossil fuel industry and achieve a carbon-neutral U.S. economy by 2045. She pledged to eliminate U.S. fossil fuel subsidies — and push to end financing for fossil fuel production worldwide. Her plan builds on her record of holding fossil fuel companies accountable for their pollution and the harm it causes. She plans to leverage trillions of dollars to reach 100% clean power and zero-emission vehicles while investing in farmers and rural communities. However, she has not promised to eliminate fossil fuel exports nor fully committed to responsibly phase out U.S. fossil fuel production for good. Read more.

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    B+

    6. Julián Castro

    (D)

    Green New Deal

    40/50

    No Fossil Fuels

    32/50

    How They Scored

    Former Secretary Castro released a partial climate plan to reach net-zero emissions in the U.S. by 2045 while prioritizing policies to secure environmental justice and resiliency for communities on the frontlines of climate disaster and toxic pollution. He would set strong clean energy standards and invest billions in clean energy and climate-smart infrastructure. He pledged to eliminate fossil fuel subsidies and end drilling on public lands. However, he has not supported banning fossil fuel exports, responsibly phasing out coal, oil, and gas production for good, or holding fossil fuel companies to account for their contributions to the climate crisis. What else does Secretary Castro have in store? Read more.

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    B+

    6. 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

    8. 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

    9. Pete Buttigieg

    (D)

    Green New Deal

    40.5/50

    No Fossil Fuels

    27/50

    How They Scored

    Mayor Buttigieg has released a climate plan to reach net-zero emissions by 2050. He would eliminate fossil fuel subsidies and ban new leases for fossil fuel production on public lands. He signed the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge, and has solid plans to protect workers and communities in the transition away from fossil fuels and build resiliency for communities on the front lines of climate disasters. However, his plan relies on risky tax incentives for carbon capture technology that could perpetuate fossil fuel pollution. In addition, he has not committed to end exports of oil, coal, and liquified natural gas and hold polluters accountable for their contributions to the climate crisis. Mayor Buttigieg could do more to end the era of fossil fuels for good and ensure justice for communities too long left behind. What will he do next? Read more.

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    B

    10. 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-

    11. 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+

    12. Amy Klobuchar

    (D)

    Green New Deal

    34/50

    No Fossil Fuels

    18.5/50

    How They Scored

    Sen. Klobuchar’s climate plan sets a goal to reach net-zero emissions by 2050, but lacks the necessary level of detail and ambition to show she would be a real champion for transformative climate action. She has committed to eliminate fossil fuel subsidies and end drilling on public lands. She supports protecting workers and communities in the transition away from fossil fuels, and has a strong plan to secure resiliency for communities on the frontlines of the climate crisis. She co-sponsored the Green New Deal resolution — but has called it “aspirational” — and has signed the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge. Every serious candidate needs to have a strong, comprehensive plan to responsibly phase out fossil fuel production, guarantee a livable future for vulnerable workers and communities, and mobilize the government to reach 100% clean energy. What will Sen. Klobuchar do next? Read more.

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    C+

    13. Andrew Yang

    (D)

    Green New Deal

    30.5/50

    No Fossil Fuels

    16.5/50

    How They Scored

    Yang has said he’s “aligned and on board” with the Green New Deal, wants to eliminate fossil fuel subsidies and drilling on public lands, and has signed the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge. He wants to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2049 — but his plan relies heavily on risky nuclear, carbon capture, and geoengineering schemes. Yang plans to invest heavily in building community resilience to the climate crisis, 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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    C-

    14. John Delaney

    (D)

    Green New Deal

    21/50

    No Fossil Fuels

    15/50

    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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    D+

    15. 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+

    16. 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

    17. 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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    F

    18. 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

    19. 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.