How the Senate Race Could Shape Future U.S. Climate Action

How the Senate Race Could Shape Future U.S. Climate Action

As the nation watches the presidential election tomorrow, climate experts will be focusing on control of the Senate and whether Democrats can win a mandate to pursue ambitious climate legislation next year. “Almost everything is at stake with climate in the Senate,” said Michelle Deatrick, head of the Democratic National Committee’s Council on the Environment and Climate Crisis. “Once you get Democratic leadership in the Senate,” added Duke University environmental politics professor Megan Mullin, “then climate change legislation becomes a possibility. The number of Democrats in the Senate will be important in determining how much and what type of climate legislation Congress could approve. As many as 10 Republican-held Senate seats are considered competitive, along with two seats held by Democrats.

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