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Posted on 17 August 2019 by John Hartz

A chronological listing of news articles posted on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Aug 11 through Sat, Aug 17, 2019

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In Iowa, Candidates Are Talking About Farming’s Climate Change Connections Like No Previous Election

About half the candidates have policy proposals or statements addressing climate change impacts on agriculture or farming’s potential as a climate solution.

Bernie Sanders campaigns in Iowa Aug 2019

The Democrats running for president were all over the Iowa State Fair the past two weeks, and they’re talking about agriculture connections to climate change. Credit: Alex Edelman/AFP/Getty Images

Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren munched on corn dogs. Pete Buttigieg opted for pork-on-a-stick. Kamala Harris flipped burgers and joked that she could “flip Republicans,” too.

As the Democratic candidates for president made their requisite swing through the Iowa State Fair this week, they stumped near hay bales and posted about it on Twitter. They also brought an unprecedented focus on agriculture‘s connections with climate change—an issue that’s getting more traction among rural Midwestern voters and farmers in the wake of massive flooding and heat waves.

Of the two dozen candidates vying to challenge President Donald Trump next year, at least eight have released rural policy platforms. Three—Sens. Warren, Amy Klobuchar and Kirsten Gillibrand—rolled out their platforms just before the fair. Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, released his this week.

“Climate change is not happening in a hundred years, it’s happening right now,” Klobuchar told a crowd in a 20-minute stump speech. “We can do a lot with soil and conservation.” 

In Iowa, Candidates Are Talking About Farming’s Climate Change Connections Like No Previous Election by Georgina Gustin, Inside Climate News, Aug 15, 2019


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