Author Archives: Shari Hrdina

Penguins plus presidential candidate Andrew Yang equals climate change talk

Iowa City Press-Citizen Excerpt: But half a dozen people dressed as penguins to ask Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang about climate change Sunday in Des Moines at a Franklin Junior High town hall event. … The penguin outfits were a response to a Yang quote from another campaign event where he said “people with financial struggles have the attitude that the penguins can wait in line.” Activists asked Yang to make climate change his top priority. Continue reading →

Penguins plus presidential candidate Andrew Yang equals climate change talk

Des Moines Register Excerpt: But half a dozen people dressed as penguins to ask Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang about climate change Sunday in Des Moines at a Franklin Junior High town hall event. The penguin-costumed Iowans were there on behalf of Bold Iowa, a Democratic group founded by former state lawmaker Ed Fallon. The group organizes around climate change and environmental protection. The penguin outfits were a response to a Yang quote from another campaign event where he said “people with financial struggles have Continue reading →

Andrew Yang Advocates for Universal Basic Income in Des Moines

WHOtv.com Channel 13, Des Moines Excerpt: A group of people in the front row dressed up as penguins. They asked Yang about climate change when he was quoted at a different rally saying the penguins can wait. Yang quickly responded saying climate change is an existential threat, but fixing it starts with his monthly universal basic income. “If you go to someone and say, ‘we need to address climate change,’ but they can’t pay their bills, they might look up at you and say, ‘the penguins Continue reading →

Cory Booker unveils tax credit plan in first Sioux City campaign stop

Iowa City Press-Citizen Excerpt: Two women asked about climate change, and Booker said there is only a 12-year window before climate impacts become irreversible. Booker supports the Green New Deal proposed this year by Democrats, and said he would rejoin the international 2016 Paris Accord to reduce carbon emissions. Linda Santi, of Sioux City, asked if lawmakers should write off trying to save the lowest-lying coastal areas impacted by rising waters. Booker answered, “There are no throwaway people, no throwaway communities.” Continue reading →

Hickenlooper makes his Iowa debut as a declared presidential candidate

Colorado Politics Excerpt: Ed Fallon and Kathy Brynes of Bold Iowa, a climate-change organization, said they hoped to hear a strong message of support for climate change over all else. Hickenlooper spoke at length about his efforts to draw environmentalists and the oil and gas industry together to address the state’s methane emissions, a problem more serious than carbon dioxide, he explained. But he didn’t exactly win rousing support from the Bold Iowa contingency, who asked if he would make climate change his top priority. “I’m trying Continue reading →