Schiff releases climate platform in California Senate race

By Blanca Begert, Camille von Kaenel | 02/16/2024 06:34 AM EST

He’s the first leading candidate for the state’s open Senate seat to release a detailed platform on climate change.

Rep. Adam Schiff is flanked by Reps. Katie Porter, left, and Barbara Lee.

Rep. Adam Schiff flanked by Reps. Katie Porter and Barbara Lee, all Democrats, during a Senate candidate forum hosted by the National Union of Health Care Workers in Los Angeles on Oct. 8, 2023. Richard Vogel/AP

Rep. Adam Schiff on Thursday proposed ending federal subsidies for oil and gas production, offering federal wildfire insurance and requiring insurance companies to disclose their fossil fuel investments as part of his campaign for California’s open U.S. Senate seat.

Schiff’s plan is the most extensive climate platform put out by any of the top candidates. Schiff holds a commanding lead in recent polling ahead of California’s top-two primary on March 5 while Rep. Katie Porter is tied for second with Republican Steve Garvey.

Porter, Schiff and Rep. Barbara Lee, who have all signed on to a stalled Green New Deal proposal in Congress, have been mostly in lockstep on the environment, a safe priority in deep-blue California.


Schiff said boosting electric vehicles, investing in renewable energy and banning fossil fuel leasing off the coast of California would lower costs for consumers while creating jobs and reducing greenhouse gases.