Climate chaos is hitting the U.S. hard this month with droughts and wildfires scorching parts of America, while the Gulf states and our Mexican neighbors were just pounded by the largest hurricane ever recorded.1 Voters meanwhile, are increasingly demanding all candidates, regardless of party, address climate change.2
This is your timely reminder that the next Republican Presidential debate is tomorrow night, October 28, on CNBC. Click here to RSVP and watch with us!
Despite the focus on financial issues, there's reason to hope this team of moderators will do better than the previous GOP debate hosts at Fox News and CNN. Carl Quintanilla, Becky Quick and John Harwood will moderate.
Who are they? Quintanilla is the co-anchor of "Squawk on the Street" and "Squawk Alley." Back in 2014 he helped produce a story on "How to Lessen Climate Change's Impacts"3 and appeared on 'The World Must Act Now to Avert Disaster of Climate Change.'4 Quick is co-anchor of "Squawk Box" and once interviewed Warren Buffett about climate change.5 So she's got some experience asking famous rich people about the topic (a good sign for Trump?). Harwood is CNBC's Chief Washington Correspondent, and in that role asked Carly Fiorina if she believes that "humans contribute to climate change and that the government ought to do something about it," just a few weeks ago!6
Since every member of the CNBC moderating team has previously asked a climate question, and with the added scrutiny on climate and energy issues overall, there's reason to believe this will be a breakthrough moment for climate change in the GOP race! But we've seen over and over again that the best way to get these moderators' attention is to push them online and on social media. When we tweeted and emailed CNN's Jake Tapper, he responded personally and eventually asked the first, albeit a brief and not very good, question about climate during the second Republican debate.
So let's not be shy! RSVP to watch the debate live with us tomorrow night and tweet, like and post your comments about climate change as part of the conversation!
Drew and the #AskOnClimate crew at Environmental Action
PS - It's also not too late to sign & share our petition to the debate moderators asking them to pose tough questions about climate change - click here to do so!
1 - Environmental Action, Hurricane Patricia photo, Facebook, October 23, 2015
2 - Edward Maibach, Op-Ed Voters to GOP: 'I'm not a scientist' won't cut it on climate change, Los Angeles Times, October 16, 2015
3 - Thompson, A. (Reporter), & Quintanilla, C. (Anchor), How to Lessen Climate Change's Impact, NBC Nightly News, April 13, 2014
4 - Kyle Drennen, Panicked NBC: 'World Must Act Now' to 'Avert Disaster' of Climate Change, Newsbusters, April 14, 2014
5 - Terrell Johnson, What Warren Buffett Really Thinks About Climate Change, Weather.com March 4, 2014
6 - John Harwood, 10 questions for Carly Fiorina, CNBC, September 16 2015