Why this project
THE U.S. CAN LEAD ON CLIMATE CHANGE
Before elections, ClimatePolitics crowdsources, researches, and compiles what candidates and incumbents say about climate change on their profile pages. This can be used as a decision-making resource for various campaigns and voters.
After elections are over, we archive data on the losing candidates and then we focus on adding in voting information on key climate and clean energy legislation. The result is a resource for those working on climate, clean energy, and environmental justice who want to track climate action at the state and national levels.
A Resource for everyone
We envision ClimatePolitics as an adaptable, customizable tool that can be used for many purposes and by many constituencies. As an up-to-date, open source, non-partisan project, users can turn to ClimatePolitics to find out where legislators stand on climate bills as they appear, and see for themselves, just who, and who is not, leading on climate change.
As elected and appointed officials across the country respond to inaction in Washington, D.C., we are seeing more climate initiatives from state, regional, and local governments. We see ClimatePolitics as a key “Go-To” information hub to highlight and reinforce actions at all levels of government, empowering voters, concerned residents, and advocacy groups.
A few examples of how our wiki can empower users:
- Non-profits – We offer our platform to climate, clean energy, and environmental justice organizations to join in assembling non-partisan and fully sourcedprofiles of legislators and candidates. They can input factual information on individuals and work with us to set up new tools like the Bill Tracker we built for California.
- Journalists – Since the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement, media coverage about climate change has skyrocketed. By collecting all publically available climate votes and statements in a single place, we offer ClimatePolitics as a one-stop shop for journalists to understand legislators’ climate positions. They can trace back our source citations, draw from our information to ask informed questions during debates, interviews, or press conferences, and highlight the resources in their reporting.
- Voters and concerned residents – Polls show that all voters – Democrats, Independents, and Republicans – care about climate. Yet climate change, which is already negatively impacting communities around the country, is rarely an issue in elections. By providing an easily accessible, non-partisan information source, we aim to empower concerned voters to ask questions and make decisions based on their candidates’ and legislators’ public positions on climate – or lack thereof – and their votes.
Our Three Questions for Candidates and Incumbents
We’re inviting you to contribute to and distribute information about elected officials. Our profiles of candidates and incumbents address three main questions:
- What are the individual’s views on whether climate change is real and caused by human activity?
- What votes, actions, and governmental/organizational activities on climate change and clean energy has the individual led/supported/opposed?
- What has the individual said about local and regional climate-related impacts and activities?