Greenpeace Climate Ranking Update: Steyer Passes Warren, Buttigieg Passes Biden, Bloomberg Enters Top 10


January 23, 2020

Tom Steyer has narrowly passed Elizabeth Warren for second place in the Greenpeace climate 2020 candidate scorecard [1], Pete Buttigieg improved to fourth place over Joe Biden, and Michael Bloomberg dramatically improved his score from a D+ to a C+ grade. Bernie Sanders continues to lead the ranking, the only candidate to earn an A+ grade.

Greenpeace USA Senior Climate Campaigner Jack Shapiro said:

“As record-breaking fires rage across Australia and flooding consumes Indonesia, the weight of the climate crisis is impossible to ignore. With primary voting right around the corner, no candidate can afford to put climate policy on the backburner. Voters deserve to know how the next president will protect their communities from further climate-fueled storms, droughts, heatwaves, and fires.

“We’re glad to see Steyer, Buttigieg, and Bloomberg step up with new contributions, and particularly glad to see an increased focus on justice and inclusion. Communities facing the worst impacts of environmental racism and climate-fueled extreme weather have long been leading the fight for a green and peaceful future — it’s time they had an ally in the White House to back them up. Still, the field has a ways to go to catch ranking leader Bernie Sanders, the only candidate whose platform delivers the fossil fuel phaseout we need to avoid the worst impacts of the climate crisis.”

The current top ten is:

  1. Bernie Sanders: A+ (94/100)
  2. Tom Steyer: A (88/100)
  3. Elizabeth Warren: A (87/100)
  4. Pete Buttigieg: B+ (72.5/100)
  5. Joe Biden: B+ (72/100)
  6. Tulsi Gabbard: B (69.5/100)
  7. Amy Klobuchar: C+ (52.5/100)
  8. Michael Bloomberg: C+ (52/100)
  9. Andrew Yang: C+ (47/100)
  10. John Delaney: C- (36/100)

Donald Trump remains in last with an F, the only candidate with zero out of a possible 100 points.

Steyer increased his ranking after supplementing his responses to Greenpeace’s climate 2020 survey, in which he committed to more detailed policies to achieve environmental justice and inclusion. Buttigieg increased his grade from a B to a B+ following the release of his Indian Country Plan and Douglass Plan, acknowledging the intersections of Indigenous sovereignty, racial justice, and climate change. And in the last month, Bloomberg has signed the No Fossil Fuel Money pledge, released new plans for the buildings and transportation sectors, and come out in explicit support of the Green New Deal. He rises to a C+ grade, passing Andrew Yang and John Delaney.

Cory Booker, Julian Castro, and Marianne Williamson have been removed from the ranking after dropping out of the race. They had been ranked fourth, fifth, and ninth respectively.


[1] The interactive candidate scorecard is available here, a detailed breakdown by candidate is available here, and the scoring methodology is available here.

To maintain independence, Greenpeace USA does not endorse or oppose any political party, candidate, or elected official. We work to hold all candidates for office to the standard that science says is necessary to avert climate crisis, which means supporting a Green New Deal and ending fossil fuels.

Contact: Ryan Schleeter, Senior Communications Specialist, Greenpeace USA: +1 (415) 342-2386, [email protected]


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