Just a quick reminder that the first GOP Primary debate is tonight at 9 p.m. Eastern / 6 p.m. Pacific. RSVP to tune in with us and demand the GOP Primary candidates take a stand on climate change and the environment.
In less than six hours, the top ten GOP candidates take the stage for the first debate of the 2016 election season -- and we've got the scoop.
We've already seen how one well placed question from the audience can unravel these early presidential debates.1 And since this debate comes right after the release of President Obama's Clean Power Plan, there's a good chance that at least SOME questions will be asked about energy and climate change.4 But we also know the media and especially Fox News, which is moderating tonight's debate, are terrible about reporting on climate truth and pushing candidates to deal with real issues of climate justice.3
Here are two ways you can help change the debate around climate change, and have some fun with tonight's debate:
- RSVP to watch the debate with us tonight and invite some friends as well.
- If you're on Facebook, click here to submit a question for the candidates via Fox News' page.
In just the last week Ted Cruz said climate change was "fabricated" by scientists and cooked bacon on a machine gun.4 Rick Perry promised to have a "thoughtful" conversation with voters 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.5
Even if tonight's debate is a train wreck for the climate, it's worth watching. And if we play our cards right, committed activists like us could help change the debate on climate change within the GOP and create some real change (as opposed to just a lot of hot air). If we show up and submit questions and comments in big enough numbers, the Fox news moderators may take notice. Click here to RSVP and watch the GOP debate with us next week, and let's bring some climate-critical thinking to the event.
Drew and the GOP Climate Debate Team at Environmental Action
1 - Jason Linkins, Republican Debate Audience Boos Gay Soldier Stephen Hill After DADT Repeal Question, Huffington Post, Nov 22, 2011
2 - RYAN KORONOWSKI, Business Leaders And Republican Voters Support Obama’s Climate Plan. What Will GOP Candidates Do?, Think Progress Green, AUG 5, 2015
3 - Kevin Kalhoefer, STUDY: How The Media Is Covering Presidential Candidates' Climate Science Denial, Media Matters, July 1, 2015
4 - 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
5 - 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