A guide to climate change in the 2020 presidential election

The climate crisis has risen as a major concern among voters. The two candidates have profoundly different approaches on energy, public lands and environmental priorities.
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EPA Chief: Trump will roll back more environmental rules if reelected

Donald Trump will move to weaken more environmental regulations on industries if reelected in November, while work to complete Superfund cleanup projects, according to Environmental Protection Agency administrator Andrew Wheeler.


Harris VP choice signals tougher stance on pollution under Biden

By bringing U.S. Senator Kamala Harris onto the ticket, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has signaled support for the enforcement of U.S. anti-pollution laws and for suing companies that pollute, environmental groups said.


6 former EPA bosses call for agency reset after election

Six former Environmental Protection Agency chiefs are calling for an agency reset after President Donald Trump's regulation-chopping, industry-minded first term, backing a detailed plan by former EPA staffers that ranges from renouncing political influence in regulation to boosting climate-friendly electric vehicles.

Fair Elections

1 in 5 Ballots Rejected as Fraud Charged in New Jersey Mail-In Election

Voting irregularities with a mail-in election could be much less pronounced than in New Jersey and still produce uncertainty in a national election.
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On the ground in Wisconsin: Trump’s team goes door-to-door while Biden stays virtual amid coronavirus

President Donald Trump and Republicans have fully embraced a return to in-person, grassroots organizing while the presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden and his campaign have not, citing health risks to campaign staffers, volunteers and voters.

Senate passes major bill, allocating $9.5 billion for national parks

Bipartisan legislation to fix up national parks and fully fund efforts to acquire and protect federal recreation holdings was seen as a way to help a pair of Western senators hold on to their seats.

U.S. Democratic Party irked by council's 'insurgent' climate plan - sources

The Democratic National Committee's council on climate change irked party leadership when it published policy recommendations this month that ventured beyond presidential candidate Joe Biden's plan, according to three people familiar with the matter.

Senate moves toward preserving public lands, and political careers

Despite some resistance within their ranks, Republicans are pushing a popular public lands bill that could help endangered colleagues, with an eye toward protecting their majority in November.

Heidi Steltzer: We need to direct more science research dollars to rural America

If rural residents elect influential politicians who distrust science, U.S. leadership on global issues suffers. Our nation and others are exposed to greater risk around issues like climate change and pandemic response.


Joe Biden weighs new climate proposals, despite GOP attacks

In battleground states such as Pennsylvania, Republicans are portraying the presumptive Democratic nominee as a threat to the oil and gas industry.

Supreme Court rejects Trump-backed 'loophole' in clean water case

The Supreme Court sided largely with environmentalists in a case over the reach of the landmark Clean Water Act, ruling that a "loophole" in the law backed by the Trump administration was unlawful.

Bill McKibben: Instead of challenging Joe Biden, maybe the Green Party could help change our democracy

Ranked-choice voting is not some impossible dream of a reform but, rather, an achievable initiative that’s gaining momentum.

Outdoor voters all want the same things

As more states hold - or decide to postpone - presidential primaries, a new poll of Mountain West voters shows that a clear majority support climate action, clean air and water, and public lands protection.

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My urban nature gem

Thanks to the Clean Water Act and one relentless activist, Georgia's South River may finally stop stinking.

Dust from your old furniture likely contains harmful chemicals—but there’s a solution

Researchers find people's exposure to PFAS and certain flame retardants could be significantly reduced by opting for healthier building materials and furniture.

Hormone-mimicking chemicals harm fish now—and their unexposed offspring later

Fish exposed to harmful contaminants can pass on health issues such as reproductive problems to future generations that had no direct exposure.

America re-discovers anti-science in its midst

Fauci, Birx, Redfield & Co. are in the middle of a political food fight. They could learn a lot from environmental scientists.

How Europe’s wood pellet appetite worsens environmental racism in the US South

An expanding wood pellet market in the Southeast has fallen short of climate and job goals—instead bringing air pollution, noise and reduced biodiversity in majority Black communities.

Roadmap points Europe toward safer, sustainable chemicals

EU Commission releases ambitious strategy for getting hormone-disrupting chemicals out of food, products, and packaging.

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