Voters Finally Want Candidates To Act on Climate Change

Voters Finally Want Candidates To Act on Climate Change

Recent polling finds that clear majorities favor federal action on global warming

A rule of thumb in election years is that presidential candidates woo their political base with bold policies in primaries, then take the partisan edge off to court undecided voters in the fall. 

So why did Democratic candidate Joe Biden wait until general election season to introduce a $2 trillion climate plan that delighted his base? 

“His plan today is far more ambitious now than it was in the primaries,” said Anthony Leiserowitz, director of the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication. General elections these days are won by getting a candidate’s base out to vote, and climate change is energizing Democrats more than almost anything, Leiserowitz said.