With climate change posing an existential threat to the world, the 2020 United States Presidential candidates are in a unique position to make or break the future of this planet with their climate policy. Each candidate takes a starkly different stance on the environment and its intersection with the economy, trade, and scientific fact.
Donald Trump will be better for the environment
President Donald J. Trump has a strong environmental record and is pursuing effective policies to advance environmental protection while promoting economic growth.
Trump will reduce marine debris
The President supported and signed the Save Our Seas Act.
Biden believes that (1) the United States urgently needs to embrace greater ambition on an epic scale to meet the scope of the environmental challenge, and (2) our environment and our economy are completely and totally connected.
Biden will move the U.S. to zero emissions and a clean energy economy.
Biden will 1) establish an enforcement mechanism to achieve the 2050 goal, 2) make a historic investment in energy and climate research and innovation, 3) incentivize the rapid deployment of clean energy innovations across the economy.
Biden will hold polluters accountable to protect minority communities.
Biden will reinstate federal protections, rolled back by the Trump Administration, that were designed to protect communities. He will make it a priority for all agencies to engage in community-driven approaches to develop solutions for environmental injustices affecting communities of color, low-income, and indigenous communities.