Combating the climate crisis: The Democratic Party Platform

Acknowledging and combating climate change is a foundational plank of the Democratic Party Platform

Combating Climate Change — Logo By Steven Braeger — CC0

Key talking points

Reverse the Republican’s rollback of climate and environmental protections and rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement

Eliminate carbon pollution from power plants by 2035

Expand the development of solar and wind-generated electricity — install 500 million solar panels and 60,000 new wind turbines in the next five years

Reduce methane pollution through strong federal standards and programs supporting the repair and replacement of aging distribution systems

Set a goal of achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in all new buildings by 2030

Support State’s Rights by affirming California’s right to set its own emission standards for cars and trucks

Transition America’s fleet of 500,000 school buses to zero-emission alternatives within five years

Support private business with incentives to install half a million EV charging stations across the country

Partner with farmers to make the American agriculture sector the first in the world to achieve net-zero emissions

Support communities in building zero-waste economies

Protect wildlife habitats and biodiversity, slow extinction rates, and grow America’s natural carbon sinks by conserving 30 percent of our lands and waters by 2030.

Establish the right of every American to breathe clean air, drink clean water, and live without fear of exposure to toxic waste

Integrate climate change into our foreign policy and national security strategies, and restore U.S. global climate leadership

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