The stage is set, the candidates are crash-coursing their final prep: what to say, how to spin, where to attack and when to defend. But what will Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Martin O'Malley or the rest of the Democratic candidates for president say about climate change? Will Anderson Cooper and his team at CNN even ask?
That's what we're all waiting to find out Tuesday night. But you don't just have to wait and watch. Tune in with us Tuesday night at 8:30p.m. Eastern, live online, and you can pose questions and share answers on climate change with experts, VIPs and other Environmental Action members. Just click here to RSVP to watch with us and get info on how to submit your question to CNN.
In the first Republican debate hosted by Fox, climate change wasn't discussed at all. And during the second, CNN anchor Jake Tapper asked only one question about climate change. But the question came more than two hours into the broadcast, and he only allowed three of the 11 candidates on stage to speak before quickly moving on to another topic.1
It's up to Cooper to break the climate silence and make climate chaos a top issue during the next debate. That's why climate leaders, including Tom Steyer and Bill McKibben, have already asked him to devote significant time to the candidates' climate plans.2
There's real news to be found on this topic: the leading Democratic candidates have talked tough on climate, but have yet to flesh out many crucial details.3 Now is our chance to ask for those details, and evaluate their responses. But questions are only asked by those who show up to watch the debate: RSVP here to watch with us and talk live Tuesday night about climate change and the Democratic presidential debate.
Drew and the #AskOnClimate crew at Environmental Action
P.S. - It's also not too late to tell Anderson Cooper to ask tough, detailed questions on climate change before the debate. Click here to sign and share our petition to the debate moderators.
1 - Environmental Action, Jake "The Flake" Tapper Continues Climate Near-Silence During GOP Debate, September 17, 2015
2 - Ben Adler, Why the Democratic Debate Should Focus on Climate Change, Mother Jones, October 6, 2015
6 - Greg Sargent, Voters don’t care that much about climate change. Democrats should talk about it anyway, The Washington Post, September 29, 2015