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Will Beto O’Rourke Help Overcome the Fossil Fuel Industry’s Stranglehold on US Politics?


In response to Beto O’Rourke officially announcing his 2020 presidential bid, Greenpeace USA Climate Director Janet Redman said:

“We’re glad the field is widening, and are excited to watch this growing pool of candidates debate the best way to overcome the fossil fuel industry’s stranglehold on our politics. Still, there’s a lot in O’Rourke’s record we’re wary of, most notably his comment during a Senate debate last year that it’s a false choice between fossil fuels and renewable energy. It’s easy for politicians to simply acknowledge the existence of climate change in public remarks, the same way it’s easy to talk up solar panels. What’s harder is a real plan that acknowledges the urgency of the crisis, including a detailed vision for how to stand up to the fossil fuel industry in transitioning to a 100% clean energy economy. We hope to see that from Beto O’Rourke in the coming weeks.”

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