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Pete Buttigieg (Mayor, South Bend Indiana)
“The reality is no individual can be expected single-handedly to solve this problem. It’s going to require national action.” P. Buttigieg
Since Buttigieg is younger and a newer face in politics his climate record is noticeably shorter than his running mates. Nonetheless, he has made a difference when the opportunities have presented themselves to help move climate action in the right direction. Specifically, Pete established an Office of Sustainability as mayor in South Bend reacting to Trump’s decision to leave the Paris Climate Accord. He has also addressed the devastating impacts of climate change on the more vulnerable areas in his community, making structural changes in order to protect those communities.
He has promised to use his position to get America “to net zero emissions economy-wide by 2050”. He is proposing a Green New Deal that he believes to be bold yet still achievable. This plan includes electric vehicle tax credits, “helping communities build resilience and sustainability”, and creating 3 million new jobs, making sure not to leave out the workers displaced in the energy transition. He believes the U.S. should be a leader in the fight for a clean planet and claims that he’s prepared to make that happen.