Tonight is the next-to-last Republican debate before the Iowa Caucuses, and it's been an exciting week for climate change on the campaign trail -- with some breaking news in the Republican race. Tune in with us tonight at 9 p.m. ET to see if our old friends at Fox Business #AskOnClimate.
It's been a busy few weeks on the campaign trail. With polls narrowing and the Iowa Caucus just a few weeks away, the race for president is entering a new phase. And climate change is getting more attention from both Republicans and Democrats as a result.
Earlier this week, President Obama called out climate denial in no uncertain terms during his last State of the Union Address.1 Then yesterday, a conservative news network published a video of Sen. Marco Rubio, saying Florida should have a cap-and-trade law.2 Rubio was speaker of the Florida House at the time, but he was quickly defended by none other than the Senate's Climate Denier in Chief, Sen. Jim Inhofe.3
The simple fact is candidates have been asked about nonsense issues and gaffes 100 percent more than they have about climate change so far.4 But if Fox Business News remembers last time, they also know that tonight's debate will draw a record audience who want to see the (shrinking) field of candidates debate substantive issues. With a new report projecting that climate change disasters are the biggest threat to the global economy in 2016,5 not to mention a gaffe or a scandal from Sen. Rubio (if that's how they want to cover it) now seems like the perfect time to #AskOnClimate.
It all starts tonight, Thursday, January 14, at 9 Eastern and we're offering two ways to watch with us tonight:
Tonight's debate will be broadcast from the North Charleston Coliseum and Performing Arts Center in South Carolina, and moderated by our old friends from the Fox Business Network: Neil Cavuto and Maria Bartiromo.
The main segment, starting at 9 p.m. ET, will include Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Jeb Bush and John Kasich. A secondary, earlier debate at 6 p.m. ET will include Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum. Rand Paul qualified for the secondary debate but plans to boycott.6
But you don't have to take your ball and go home just because you can't get to Charleston or don't have cable. Just click here to RSVP and watch with us tonight live online and share your reactions to the latest #GOPDebate with your social networks.
Thanks for tuning in -- not dropping out,
Drew and the Debate Watch Crew at Environmental Action
1 - Drew Hudson, Talk and action in Obama’s last #SOTU, Environmental Action Blog, January 13, 2016
2 - Mathew Boyle, 2008 VIDEO: Marco Rubio Pushed For ‘Cap and Trade’ As Florida State House Speaker, Breitbart News, January 13, 2016
3 - Timothy Cama, Rubio fights cap-and-trade charges, The Hill, January 13 2016
4 - Denise Robbins & Andrew Seifter, Presidential Debate Moderators Obsess Over Political Horserace, Rarely Ask About Climate Change, media matters For America, January 11, 2016
5 - Larry Elliott, Climate change disaster is biggest threat to global economy in 2016, say experts, The Gaurdian, January 14 2016
6 - David Weigel, Rand Paul, bumped from main debate stage, will boycott Thursday’s undercard, Washington Post, January 11, 2016