Daniel McGreevy: DNC must discuss climate policy to save humankindContributor June 18, 2019 0 COMMENTS
Two percent. This is the amount of time during the 2016 presidential debates that was dedicated to discussing climate change, even though this issue poses a severe threat to food security, national safety and humankind. This dismissal has led to activists rallying for a climate debate during the Democratic primary centered around climate change policy. This type of debate would allow voters, many of whom are greatly concerned about climate change, to witness candidates’ climate change policy.
The concept is popular; fifteen Democratic presidential candidates joined in the call for this debate, including front-runner Joe Biden. Despite the cries, the Democratic National Committee and Tom Perez have refused to facilitate this discussion and have stated that any candidates who take part in any independently organized climate debate will not be invited to future Democratic debates. This response is naive. The United Nations made it clear — we only have 11 years to solve this crisis by halving global emissions. Voters deserve to hear how these candidates would address climate change It isn’t enough to say “Green New Deal,” or “net zero emissions by 2050.” We need specifics: how will these candidates meet these deadlines? Will their plans benefit corporations or working people? How will the candidates make sure coal workers aren’t cast aside?
The Democratic National Committee is wrong to silence this conversation. We have lost too many years to denial. When the majority of candidates and tens of thousands of voters want a climate debate, it should happen. Tom Perez must stop hiding behind what he calls “rules” if the Democratic Party wants to spearhead the fight against climate change. We need a debate on climate policy in the 2020 primary. It’s time to change the debate.
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