Air Wars on Climate, Environment, and Conservation Continue Across Senate and House Battlegrounds

Washington, D.C. — The climate crisis is real and it’s happening right now. A summer of deadly climate fires, supercharged hurricanes, and other climate-fueled extreme weather events has put climate change at the center of the debate heading into the home stretch of the election. As daily life for people across the country has been upended and the cost of science denial has become all too apparent, voters are citing growing concerns about climate change and are demanding bold action.

Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris call climate change one of the four major crises that the country is facing. Proving once again 2020 will be a climate change election, TV ads on climate, the environment, and conservation are playing a significant role in key races.

It’s not surprising candidates and third-party groups in key races are running ads focused on climate and the environment. An April Yale Program on Climate Change Communication survey found voters are 55 percent less likely to vote for a candidate at the top of the ticket who opposes taking action on climate and moderate Republicans are 35 percentage points less likely to vote for a presidential candidate opposing action. In addition, climate is an issue that is key to winning over and motivating younger voters, Latinos, and suburban women (including Republican-leaning independents). Climate, clean energy, and conservation are all issues that will help candidates assemble the coalitions they need to win.

Here’s a look at some of the ads aired from October 1-7.


The Biden campaign is running “Our Chance,” which includes climate change as a top priority under a Biden administration. Biden is also airing “Made in America,” which mentions clean energy and combating climate change.


Three weeks out from Election Day, Senate candidates across the battleground continue to run a number of ads on clean energy, climate, and environmental/conservation issues:

Third-party groups are also running a number of spots in key Senate races, including:


In the fight to preserve the pro-climate majority in the House, climate and conservation also feature prominently in a number of key races: