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How Kamala Harris’ climate record would play at the top of the ticket

By Scott Waldman | 07/09/2024 06:24 AM EDT

The vice president once pledged to “hold Big Oil accountable for its role in the climate crisis.”

Vice President Kamala Harris.

Vice President Kamala Harris speaks at the COP28 climate summit on Dec. 2, 2023, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Kamran Jeebreili/AP

Kamala Harris has spent her years as vice president burnishing her climate credentials.

That could soon pay off.

Democrats are now openly debating whether President Joe Biden should drop his reelection bid after his debate performance last month. Biden has pledged to stay in the race, but the pressure within his own party is unlikely to die down soon — and Harris is a top choice to replace him on the ticket.

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Harris, who has forcefully defended Biden’s choice to stay in the race, has spent years quietly developing a reputation as a climate champion. She has called the fight against global warming one of the “most urgent matters of our time” and showed a willingness to go further than Biden on climate policy.

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