The 10 leading Republican candidates take the stage tomorrow night for their first debate. Click here to submit a question about climate change or the environment via Fox's Facebook page and help turn up the heat on climate denial.
Ted Cruz said climate change was 'fabricated' by scientists and cooked bacon on a machine gun.1 Rick Perry promised to have a "thoughtful" conversation with voters (we'll wait and see, oops) after he lost his spot at the debate to Gov. John Kasich of Ohio, who at least admits climate change is real -- but has been noncommittal about actually addressing it.2 Donald Trump was ... Trump. And Former Gov. Pataki of New York, who's barely a blip on the Republican polls, earned more media coverage than he has in a month when he denounced a global warming pollution reduction plan called the Regioal Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) that he helped create!3
All that in just the last week -- and of course the release of President Obama's Clean Power Plan, which caused every Republican running for President to FREAK OUT on national television.4
It's easy to laugh, make fun, or jeer at the state of the debate on climate change in the Republican primary. But one of the 10 candidates who takes the stage tomorrow is most-likely to be the Republican nominee. That makes him (or her, but Carly Fiorina didn't make the cut) the standard bearer for some 30 percent of registered voters. What these candidates think -- as well as how they debate, what they say to the media and on the campaign trail -- does matter. And you've got a chance to influence it! Click here to submit a question about climate change or the environment for the candidates via Facebook.
I'm not holding my breath in anticipation that the Fox news moderators will actually ask any of our hard-hitting questions on climate change. But they really should. After all, wouldn't it be a more interesting debate for everyone if someone asked Ted Cruz why he knows more about science than 97 percent of scientists who study it for a living? Or if someone asked Jeb Bush to explain, in detail, how he would go about cutting global warming pollution from power plants - since he admits the problem is real, but denounced Obama's plan to address it on Monday?
Now is your chance to make sure these questions are at least submitted to the candidates. And then, you can tune in with us tomorrow night at 9 p.m. Eastern / 6 p.m. Pacific to watch the debate live online and see how they answer.
Decisions are made by those who show up to the party -- even when the company isn't ideal. Let's shape the debate for the candidates who intend to shape our collective futures. Click here to submit your question for the Republican debate tomorrow night.
Drew and GOPrimary denial team at Environmental Action
1 - Mark Fahey & Nicholas Wells Ted Cruz sizzles up 'machine-gun bacon', MSNBC, Aug. 4 2015
- Philip Elliott & Dana Point, Ted Cruz Says Climate-Change Fears Falsified by Scientists and Politicians, Time, Aug. 2, 2015
2 - MAGGIE HABERMANAUG, Kasich Is In, Rick Perry Is Out in First Republican Debate, The New York Times, Aug. 4, 2015
- Ben Geman, Ohio Gov. Kasich concerned by climate change, but won’t ‘apologize’ for coal, The Hill, May 2 2012
3 - Bloomber BNA, RGGI Founder Pataki Now ‘Extremely Disappointed' in Emissions Trading Program, August 3, 2015
4 - RYAN KORONOWSKI, Business Leaders And Republican Voters Support Obama’s Climate Plan. What Will GOP Candidates Do?, Think Progress Green, AUG 5, 2015