Democratic Candidates Discuss The Environment at The Climate Townhall

James Marshall
September 10, 2019

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On Tuesday night, September 3, 2019, CNN broadcast a town hall on television in which 10 leading candidates for the spot of Democratic Party nominee in the 2020 US presidential election.

CNN made a decision to host a climate change town hall after the Democratic National Committee voted against hosting an entire debate devoted to the issue.

Kamala Harris, a Senator from California, shared her climate change plan in the wee hours of Wednesday morning, September 4, online, calling for a whopping total of $10 trillion of government spending over the decade-long period beginning in 2021 and ending in 2031. "When we tell our children and grandchildren about what we did in this moment, we must tell them that we worked together, took bold action and met the greatest challenge of our time - for ourselves and for them".

"It is risky", said top tier candidate Sen.

Beaulieu asked Biden. This comes after the former vice president was accused of raising money from fossil fuel executives when he attended a fundraiser on September 5 hosted by Andrew Goldman, the chief investment officer of Hildred Capital Partners and co-founder of Western LNG. However, Splinter found company filings dated past year that listed Goldman as one of Western's executives and a "long-term investor in the liquefied natural gas sector". Admittedly, certain issues resonate with me more than others: for instance, an enlightened foreign policy, a comprehensive approach to climate change, a major investment in infrastructure.

In targeting oil and gas and coal production, "this is a fight against powerful interests", Harris said.

And he went on to say: 'If Donald Hump, Donald Trump is re-elected - Freudian slip - if Donald Trump is re-elected he will forever and fundamentally alter the character of this nation'. What I don't want to do is kill unborn babies to get there. His plan, dubbed the Green New Deal after a resolution sponsored by progressives in Congress, mobilises US$16.3 trillion to generate all U.S. electricity from renewable sources by 2030 and create publicly owned utilities. He backs a "climate corps" to get thousands of young people working on building community resilience to extreme weather. New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker and former Obama cabinet member Julián Castro presented theirs on Tuesday.

"He is the best candidate to beat Trump", Tom Goins, a 67-year-old voter from Walpole, said of Biden. Amy Klobuchar in calling for regulating but not completely ending fracking. "The Amazon on fire". Trump tweeted as the town halls kicked off.

Candidates suggested, at turns throughout the night, an array of smaller-scale ideas to limit emissions - from banning plastic straws to adjusting dietary guidelines to washing clothes in cold water.

Ahead of the $2,800-per-ticket fundraiser, protesters led chants of "No fossil fuel money!" and "Biden, Biden, you can't hide, we can see your greedy side!" "In a Warren administration, we will do both things", Warren wrote.

Pete Buttigieg spoke broadly about addressing climate change not just as an economic issue but also as a moral and national security imperative.

They called for swiftly shifting to carbon-neutral vehicles and putting a price on carbon emissions as a way to rein in American polluters.

While nearly everyone committed to rejoining the Paris climate agreement, the proposals of the majority of the candidates included multilateral cooperation with foreign countries, either in the development of new technologies or in trade projects - something that will not sit well in the spirits of the country's big fuel companies.

The plan from the USA senator focuses on justice for those affected by climate change, including rural communities that will "face the most direct and dire consequences of climate change", and accountability for corporations who pollute and damage the environment.

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