The Nevada Democratic caucus tomorrow could test the strength of the climate positions of presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders by featuring Latino voters, an electorate that’s more passionate than others about planetary warming…..
“The climate change issue can be a very valuable line of attack for Bernie Sanders, and I’m surprised it hasn’t been emphasized more extensively by the campaign,” said Stephen Farnsworth, a political science professor at the University of Mary Washington. “Latino voters are not only younger than average, they are also more concerned about climate change,” Farnsworth added. “Those two factors demonstrate why if Sanders pivots toward a more climate change-oriented conversation he’s likely to do well in Nevada.”
“One of the concerns about climate change is the extent to which international trade deals do not provide sufficient environmental protections,” Farnsworth said. “Bernie Sanders has been vigorously opposed to major trade deals over the last 20 years. That’s one of the ways that he can distinguish Sanders politics from Clinton politics.”