I’m Astead W. Herndon, a national political reporter for The New York Times. I spent 3 months reporting on the Sunrise Movement, a group of young climate activists trying to push Democrats to the left ahead of the 2020 election. Ask me anything.
On this week’s episode of The Times’s new TV show “The Weekly,” I tagged along with the liberal activists of the Sunrise Movement as they aggressively press their case for revolutionary measures to combat climate change. And last week I reported on a hard-to-miss demonstration in Detroit by thousands of environmental activists before the first of the two presidential primary debates.
Many Democrats want their 2020 nominee to do two things above all: Defeat Donald Trump and protect the planet from imminent environmental disaster. But they disagree on how far left the party should go to successfully accomplish both tasks. How they settle their differences over proposals like the Green New Deal will likely influence the party’s — and the country’s — future.
I joined the New York Times in 2018. Before that, I was a Washington-based political reporter and a City Hall reporter for The Boston Globe.
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