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Andrew Yang Unveils ‘Higher Ground’ Climate Platform In New Hampshire

Annie Ropeik for NHPR

Presidential candidate Andrew Yang tried to set his climate change plan apart from the rest of the Democratic field at an event in Portsmouth on Monday. Yang had been criticized recently for saying on the Democratic debate stage that the solution to climate change is to "move to high ground."

On the banks of the Piscataqua River Monday, the venture capitalist said that stance is about accepting some harsh scientific truths.

"Moving people to high ground means owning the fact that climate change is real, it's advancing, and that the public resources need to be put into place to make us all safer and help our communities adapt,” he said.

Yang's Higher Ground platform is otherwise similar in many ways to other candidates'. It focuses on energy innovation and includes a plan for a constitutional amendment on environmental protection.

Yang is one of 10 Democratic candidates participating in a CNN town hall on climate change on Sept. 4.

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Annie has covered the environment, energy, climate change and the Seacoast region for NHPR since 2017. She leads the newsroom's climate reporting project, By Degrees.
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