Amy Klobuchar’s 2020 launch addressed a major campaign issue: climate change

Quick take: Maybe I’m reading too much into it, but it can be viewed as a mix of ambition and an implicit nod to the daunting legislative hurdles in front of moving a big bill.

  • Reinstating former President Obama’s Clean Power Plan is hardly the most ambitious goal in the world — that rule would have largely provided a regulatory backstop for trends already apparent in the power sector.
  • Reinstating the auto mileage rules would be a return to what was already on the books before Trump-era rollbacks began. Ditto for recommitting to the Paris agreement, which President Trump plans to abandon.

But, but, but: Klobuchar is among the Senate sponsors of the Green New Deal resolution, so there’s one template for the “sweeping legislation” she mentions.

  • But it’s extraordinarily unlikely that Democrats will have a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate even if they retake the chamber in 2020, so big legislation is a long shot.

The big picture: change is playing an improbably large role in the early 2020 jockeying. The latest example came yesterday evening, when Trump inaccurately suggested (again) that cold weather somehow disproves climate change.

  • Trump mocked Klobuchar on Twitter for “talking proudly of fighting global warming while standing in a virtual blizzard of snow, ice and freezing temperatures.”
  • “Science is on my side, @realDonaldTrump. Looking forward to debating you about climate change (and many other issues),” Klobuchar responded, also on Twitter.

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