This 25 June 2019 video from the USA says about itself:
Candidates and activists are pushing for a Democratic presidential debate on climate change. The DNC [Democratic National Committee] says no. What gives?
Apparently, the establishment DNC is scared that in a debate on the extremely important climate change issue, it would turn out that left-wing candidates like Bernie Sanders have better policies than the corporate right-wing candidates with their links to fossil fuel Big Money; like 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton had.
By Jane Kleeb, Chair of the Nebraska Democratic Party in the USA, 12 July 2019:
There is NO debate — the climate crisis is here and is impacting communities across the world. Whether you live in a rural or urban town, climate change impacts your water, livelihood and health. What used to be a 100-year flood happens every few years, and across the nation extreme summer heat is putting lives at risk.
That’s why Our Revolution is calling on the Democratic National Committee to hold a debate focused solely on the climate crisis. We know the current debate format does not allow in-depth conversations on ideas or solutions, and we can’t afford to keep ignoring a crisis that puts every living being on earth at risk.
Click here to sign on if you agree that there should be a climate debate, and send us a note in your own words on why you want DNC members in your state to vote to make it happen. We will then directly deliver your name and comments to your state party leaders so they know how much you care about climate change and why you want the DNC to lead on this issue.
Tell the DNC: Host a debate on the climate crisis! The majority of presidential contenders agree that we need to hold a climate debate, so it makes no sense that the DNC is ignoring both candidates and grassroots voters.
As the Democratic Party Chair here in Nebraska, I respect the DNC as an institution of Democratic leaders across our country who do work every single day to build up the grassroots and get local Democrats elected. I am also committed to fighting for reforms within the DNC to make sure our party reflects the will of the people.
When we run to get elected as a party leader or a public official, we do so because we want to make our party and communities stronger — and part of that is ensuring that the climate crisis is thoroughly debated so that the American people can make an informed decision.
Add your name to demand that the DNC move forward with a climate debate!
Chair, Nebraska Democratic Party & Our Revolution Board Member
A Science Group Is Offering $100,000 To Host A Democratic Climate Change Debate Despite A DNC Ban: here.
One more problem is that the Democratic National Committee has not just banned a party organised climate change debate. It has threatened to punish candidates for participating in a climate change debate organised by others as well.
So, what will happen around the debate announced here below?
From Tiernan Sittenfeld, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, League of Conservation Voters in the USA, 12 July 2019:
CLIMATE SUMMIT ANNOUNCEMENT
LCV is joining The New Republic and Earther for their climate change summit for the Democratic presidential candidates on September 23 in New York City. It’s critical that climate change be front and center in upcoming debates, but this is a great opportunity to get the candidates to discuss climate in an in-depth way. Want to be involved? Sign up to be updated on the latest details, including which candidates will be there, opportunities for YOU to submit questions, and more.
A climate summit will give us the chance to hear directly from Democratic presidential candidates about how they would confront the climate crisis. Add your name to receive updates about the summit.
I’m thrilled to let you know that LCV is joining The New Republic and Earther for their climate change summit for Democratic candidates. This event is sure to be a unique opportunity to engage candidates in extended discussions about their plans to confront the climate crisis.
During the first debates in Miami, with a combined 240 minutes of discussion, climate received only 15 minutes. Ironic, being that the event took place in a city poised to sink into the ocean.
Poll after poll shows that voters see climate change as a top issue in the presidential primary. At this summit, the moderators can really dig into questions like ending our dependence on fossil fuels and what that means for society. We can see candidates putting the communities most damaged by the climate crisis at the center of the discussion, where they belong. And climate change can receive the urgency and attention it deserves.
It’s imperative to get these discussions in motion now, because climate change is the defining issue of our time, and the 2020 presidential election is our last, best chance to stop the crisis.
That’s why we’re thrilled to be joining The New Republic and Earther in their climate change summit. LCV is proud to play an integral role informing the moderators and hosts on the candidates’ environmental records and climate change plans. And we want you to be a part of the summit, too.
We want to keep you updated on the latest details, including which candidates will be there, opportunities for YOU to submit questions, and more. Sign up now.
We have less than 12 years left to make a real impact in the climate crisis, and we must make sure the next president is ready to tackle climate change on day one.
Thanks for fighting this fight with LCV.
Senior Vice President, Government Affairs
League of Conservation Voters
P.S. Check out this article from The New Republic and Earther for more information on the climate summit
From U.S. News and World Report, July 2, 2019:
Mounting pressure from climate change activists appears to be working on the Democratic National Committee, which has taken up consideration of proposals that could allow a presidential debate on the topic.
The DNC executive committee gathered over the weekend and referred two resolutions regarding climate change discussions to a committee. The committee has scheduled a vote on the measures on Aug. 23, according to activist group Sunrise Movement. A DNC official confirmed Tuesday that the next phase of the resolution process will begin in late August.
Activists said that last week’s debates proved a conversation focused solely on climate change is necessary. Roughly 15 minutes of the pair of two-hour debates were focused on the issue.