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Politics What Kamala Harris Really Did on Climate, Fossil Fuel in California

13:51  14 august  2020
13:51  14 august  2020 Source:   bloomberg.com

Biden says Harris is 'very much in contention' to be his running mate

  Biden says Harris is 'very much in contention' to be his running mate The California Democrat is among the names on Biden's vice presidential shortlist.The presumptive Democratic nominee’s conciliatory tone toward Harris comes after senior members of Biden’s vetting team had thrown cold water on her vice presidential bid in the final stretch of Biden’s search.

Kamala Harris , a California Democrat running for president. Credit: Al Drago/Getty Images. Update: On Dec. She joined with five other senators to file a brief in court on behalf of San Francisco and Oakland in their climate damages lawsuit against fossil fuel companies, citing the millions of dollars

Kamala Harris is leaning in on her record as a California prosecutor who sought to punish polluters in her new trillion climate plan, which aims The proposal includes ways to raise revenue, such as creating a pollution fee and eliminating fossil fuel subsidies, but the campaign did not further specify

(Bloomberg) -- An unlikely consensus developed soon after Joe Biden selected Kamala Harris as his running mate. President Donald Trump and his petroleum-industry allies fell into near perfect agreement with climate activists and environmental groups on one thing: Harris is an aggressive crusader against fossil fuels.

a close up of a person wearing a blue shirt: Senator Kamala Harris, presumptive Democratic vice presidential nominee, listens during a campaign event in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. Harris brings an aggressive approach to politics and public policy, deep electoral experience and hands-on expertise in the beleaguered U.S. criminal justice system as Joe Biden's running mate. © Bloomberg Senator Kamala Harris, presumptive Democratic vice presidential nominee, listens during a campaign event in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. Harris brings an aggressive approach to politics and public policy, deep electoral experience and hands-on expertise in the beleaguered U.S. criminal justice system as Joe Biden's running mate.

While that position might be useful for riling political bases on both sides, a review of evidence from her career as a prosecutor and legislator indicates that Harris appears more moderate than either side admits. And her record shows that her motivation has been driven more by climate justice than climate change.

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Harris has sued other fossil fuel companies, but not Exxon, and not over climate change. Just before leaving her position as California Attorney General to assume her Senate seat, Harris announced a million settlement with BP and Atlantic Richfield over allegations that the companies improperly

“ Kamala will leverage both executive authority and Congress to end federal support for the fossil fuel industry, including by protecting our public lands, eliminating tax preferences, and opposing new fossil fuel infrastructure projects.” Her experiencing prosecuting polluters in California is something Harris ’

“I don’t think climate wakes her up at 3 a.m.,” says RL Miller, founder of California-based environmental group Climate Hawks Votes and someone who has known Harris for years.

Start with Harris’s relatively mixed record on fossil fuels as California’s Attorney General. She filed lawsuits against several oil companies over environmental violations and helped secure a conviction against Plains All American Pipeline LP for a 2015 spill in Santa Barbara. But going after corporate polluters, especially those with deep pockets that very publicly soil valuable coastline property, is a relative no brainer for an attorney general in a reliably blue state.

Here are Kamala Harris's K Street connections

  Here are Kamala Harris's K Street connections Former staffers and associates of Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) just got a lot more influential.Harris, who was named running mate for presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Tuesday, has a former staffer working as a lobbyist, and several lobbyists in D.C. have thrown fundraisers for the California Democrat over the years.Grant Barbosa, a former aide to Harris, is director of government affairs and policy at Emergent BioSolutions, a biopharmaceutical company that develops vaccines and therapeutics and provides medical devices for biodefense.Before becoming a lobbyist, Barbosa was legislative assistant to Harris for a year starting in March 2017.

If Senator Kamala Harris is elected vice president, her rise will leave an opening for her seat in the United States Senate.Credit T.J. Kirkpatrick for The New For California , the pick has far-reaching implications. The state has spent the past four years as a bastion of presidential resistance, filing or

“ Kamala Harris has a very important and significant voice and perspective in the Senate, just because of who she is,” said Nathan Barankin, Harris ’s former chief of Schiff has lots of support in California , and he’s a top fundraiser. But as the head of the House intelligence committee, Schiff may wield more

Although Harris’s office reportedly investigated Exxon Mobil Corp. on climate accusations, to the frustration of environmental groups such as Climate Hawks Votes there was no lawsuit filed against the oil giant. In fact, Harris got in trouble for claiming in a debate that she had pursued a case. Meanwhile, attorneys general in Massachusetts and New York both did bring action against Exxon. It was only last year that Harris joined other U.S. senators in an amicus brief supporting a climate lawsuit against oil companies by San Francisco and Oakland.

‘I don’t think climate wakes her up at 3 a.m.’

In her first week as Biden’s running mate, Harris has been hammered by Trump for her opposition to hydraulic fracturing, a method for forcing oil and natural gas from bedrock. During the years she was attorney general, California was torn by the fracking debate. Otherwise liberal Governor Jerry Brown battled environmentalists as he let fracking grow; Harris laid low until late in her term, when she went after fracking in federal waters near Santa Barbara. Now she, like Biden, has promised to curtail oil and gas development on federal lands and waters. It’s worth noting that the Obama administration, in which Biden served as vice president, presided over the U.S. shale boom driven by fracking.

Trump Campaign Attacks Kamala Harris as Both a Radical and a Centrist

  Trump Campaign Attacks Kamala Harris as Both a Radical and a Centrist The Trump campaign is painting Kamala Harris as both a radical leftist and as insufficiently liberal to unite the progressive wing of her party behind Joe Biden. Almost immediately after Biden announced Tuesday that she would be his running mate, Harris was attacked for being “the most liberal U.S. senator,” who would push the Democratic presidential ticket far to the left, and was also portrayed as a centrist whose moderate positions would prompt progressives led by Bernie Sanders to rebel.

Kamala D. Harris followed the release on Wednesday of her trillion climate change plan that aims for a carbon-neutral economy by 2045 A recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change suggested that limiting global warming to less than 1.5 degrees Celsius could reduce its impact.

And Senator Kamala Harris of California got applause from the audience when she answered a question about climate “disinformation” spread by Richard Wiles, the executive director of the Center for Climate Integrity, a group that provides legal analysis and scientific information on climate issues

In another sign of a cautious approach, Harris signed the no-fossil-fuel-money pledge when she was a candidate for president but became one of the later Democratic contenders to do so. And she didn’t do it publicly, but in a backroom with a photographer.

Yet Harris’s record on climate justice is much clearer. Way back in 2005 as the district attorney for the city of San Francisco, she opened the city’s first environmental justice unit. As attorney general, she tangled with oil companies particularly on projects that disproportionately affected low-income and minority communities. She wrote a blistering criticism of the draft environmental impact statement for a planned $1 billion expansion by Chevron Corp. of a refinery based in Richmond, a majority minority community, and for Valero Energy Corp.’s plan to expand rail shipments of crude at its refinery in the heavily Latino city of Benecia.

To an observer like Miller of Climate Hawks, pushing legal action against California refineries marked Harris as far more proactive than her predecessors. Examples of similar aggressiveness date all the way back to the start of Harris’s tenure as attorney general. In 2011, when the regional planning agency for San Diego, known as SANDAG, submitted a plan for highway expansion, Harris wrote a letter warning that the localized pollution effects would be disproportionate. The new attorney general even threatened to sue, and when it was clear SANDAG didn’t believe the threat she went ahead in 2012 and had the People of California join the suit.

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Kamala Harris introduced a trillion plan to combat climate change on Wednesday that Pete Buttigieg also put forward a modest plan on Wednesday to combat climate change, as the His calls for a little over trillion in spending and does not reach net-zero emission until 2050, similarly to Joe

Kamala Harris , D-Calif., came out in favor of the trending ban of plastic straws on Wednesday When asked what she would do as president to curb the country's reliance on "single-use plastics," Harris "I think we should, yes," Harris responded. "Look, I'm going to be honest It's really difficult to drink

By all accounts, Harris has become greener in the U.S. Senate—especially since she started eyeing a presidential run. But even there her priorities have been more climate justice than climate change. She was an early supporter of the Green New Deal and has co-sponsored separate climate equity legislation with climate stalwart Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

But there’s evidence, again, that climate isn’t her No. 1 concern. Harris willingly left a seat on the Senate’s powerful Environment and Public Works Committee, which had been chaired by her predecessor Barbara Boxer, in favor of Judiciary.

Paul Bledsoe, energy fellow and strategic advisor at the Progressive Policy Institute, says that shouldn’t be a concern. “California is the most innovative clean energy economy in the world, so just being senator from that state puts her at the epicenter of climate leadership,” he says.

In fact, as California’s attorney general Harris did, as a matter of course, have to defend both California’s cap-and-trade system and standards for low-carbon vehicle fuel against lawsuits to dismantle them. She protected both successfully.

An active but measured approach to climate, with an emphasis on equity, might make Harris a fitting reflection of the Democratic Party at the moment. That’s how Miller increasingly sees it: “One of the main planks of the Green New Deal is equity for all. Kamala is very solid on that.”

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