More local politicians in the United States are taking practical steps to address climate change and reduce energy use, as climate impacts become a top-tier issue for more and more voters.
“While politicians are increasingly willing to include environmental messages in their campaigns, many at the national level still steer clear of the politically charged topic of climate change,” Schwartz writes. “But in communities across the country where the effects are lapping at the doorsteps of residents, pragmatism often trumps politics, and candidates as well as elected officials across the political spectrum are embracing the issue.”
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He cites Kristin Jacobs, a Democratic candidate for Broward County Commissioner in Florida, and James Brainard, the Republican mayor of Carmel, Indiana, as two legislators who have embraced climate action. “I don’t think we want to be the party that believes in dirty air and dirty water,” Brainard said.