What Happens When Climate Change Becomes An Unignorable Part Of An Election

Typically, American elections go one of two ways.

The first features one candidate who accepts the scientific consensus that human activity is driving climate change, while his or her opponent denies it. And in the other, climate change is a non-issue: either both candidates question the science behind it or it barely garners a mention.

But there’s at least one election where a strong environmental record and commitment to taking action to address climate change has become something to defend, not avoid or suppress — a race that could give us a glimpse into the future of elections in America, as climate change becomes increasingly impossible to ignore: California’s 52nd Congressional district.

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