In Dubai, Harris deals with 2 issues important to young voters: climate and Gaza

Vice President Harris has urged leaders at a UN summit in Dubai to increase their efforts to tackle climate change and addressed the issue of U.S. support for Israel amidst the conflict in Gaza, both issues significant to young voters.

Addressing Climate Concerns: Harris made direct appeals to the concerns of young voters, who have indicated disappointment with the administration’s role in addressing climate change.
* During the COP28 summit, Harris acknowledged the urgency of climate change, as expressed by young activists.
* Harris announced a new $3 billion pledge to the UN’s Green Climate Fund to assist developing nations in dealing with climate change effects, although this pledge would require Congress funding.

Taking the Pulse: Young voters are an important demographic for the Biden-Harris administration, especially as the 2024 presidential election approaches.
* These voters, who were integral to Biden-Harris’ 2020 victory, have shown declining enthusiasm, particularly due to issues pertaining to environmental policy and support for Israel.
* Polling has shown a decrease in approval of Biden’s handling of climate issues despite his Inflation Reduction Act, largely due to his sanctioning of the Willow drilling project on federal land in Alaska.

Discussions on Gaza: Harris also navigated issues concerning Gaza and U.S. support for Israel, which have drawn increased critique from younger voters.
* Harris held discussions with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, King Abdullah of Jordan, and UAE President Mohamed bin Zayed, and called Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, amidst the renewal of fighting in Gaza and the collapse of a temporary truce.
* White House officials indicated Harris’ focus on topics such as governance and the post-conflict restoration of Gaza.

Engagement Strategies: In the buildup to the presidential election, Harris has been engaging with young voters on college campuses, speaking about the administration’s track record.
* An NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll revealed that nearly 60% of millennial and Gen Z Americans believe climate change should be addressed, even if it may hinder economic growth.
* A White House official acknowledged the helpfulness of the pressure exerted by young voters for progress on climate change.
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