Kamala Harris and AOC Climate Equity Bill

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We ran the numbers: There are 108 news articles covering this topic. 61% (66) are left leaning, 26% (28) center, 13% (14) right leaning.

 

Kamala Harris and AOC have introduced the “Climate Equity Act”–a bill meant to be a key element of AOC’s “Green New Deal.” The new bill focuses on climate equity, ensuring that any future climate legislation or regulation will be evaluated based on how it would affect low-income areas.

 

The new legislation is not widely covered on the right, with only 13% of overall coverage coming from right slanted sources. Criticism from a right-leaning article mostly targets The Green New Deal, “which aims to move the entire U.S. economy from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources in a decade, alongside a raft of welfare policies,” rather than this specific piece of legislation.

 

Most of the coverage comes from the left, with 61% of overall coverage from left-slanted sources. Numerous left-leaning sources discuss the Green New Deal, speculate on Ms. Harris’ forthcoming climate plan, and features several quotes from both AOC and Harris on the legislation. The article argues the necessity of the legislation to low-income areas that are “disproportionately affected by climate change because they are often in flood zones, near highways or powerplants, or adjacent to polluted lands.”

 

Coverage from the center, 26% of overall coverage, reports on the details of the proposal and include statements made by AOC and Harris, “Climate change is an existential threat — it’s critical we act now to achieve a cleaner, safer, and healthier future. But it is not enough to simply cut emissions and end our reliance on fossil fuels. We must ensure that communities already contending with unsafe drinking water, toxic air, and lack of economic opportunity are not left behind,” Harris said in a statement.


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