The next #DemDebate will be moderated by two veteran PBS anchors with a good reason to #AskOnClimate. Click here to RSVP and send them your suggested questions before the debate starts tonight at 9 p.m. Eastern.
The two remaining Democrats -- Hillary Clinton who narrowly won Iowa’s caucuses and Sen. Bernie Sanders, who won big in New Hampshire earlier this week -- will meet for another #DemDebate tonight at 9 p.m. Eastern on PBS.1
This will be the sixth time the two debate, this time in Milwaukee, but the first time we see PBS Newshour's Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff moderate. Both are frequent twitter users and the debate is co-sponsored in partnership with Facebook. So we've also got a chance to get our climate questions and tweets in front of the moderators.
Click here to RSVP / watch with us tonight, and get connected directly to the Facebook and Twitter accounts of the PBS moderators so you can put your own two cents in before the big event. OR click here to tune in with us on Facebook, so you can share your thoughts and reactions live.
So far, we've been frustrated to see climate change mostly ignored by debate moderators -- especially since they've found time to ask candidates ridiculous questions about football, their spouses and plenty of other trivia.2 All the while, of course, there are plenty of good, substantive things we still need to know or could benefit from hearing the candidates discuss.3
There's reason to hope that might change tonight -- both because of how close the race is between these two candidates on issues about energy and climate change, and because of the moderators:
Judy Woodruff has covered politics for more than three decades. In 2007, she completed an extensive project on the views of young Americans called "Generation Next: Speak Up. Be Heard."4 That's important because recent polls show that young voters care passionately about climate change and clean energy.5
Gwen Ifill, the other moderator tonight, is also the author of "The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama," and moderated the Vice Presidential debates in 2004 and 2008.6 Now that the Supreme Court has stayed Obama's Clean Power Plan, we're hoping she'll ask these candidates how they'll defend and expand the Obama-Biden climate legacy if elected.7
Click here to send your thoughts and questions to Woodfruff and Ifill and RSVP to watch with us tonight at 9 p.m. Eastern!
Thanks for tuning in -- not dropping out,
Drew and the Debate Watch Crew at Environmental Action
1 - WATCH LIVE: PBS NewsHour Democratic Primary Debate, PBS Newshour, February 8, 2016
2 - Denise Robbins & Andrew Seifter, Presidential Debate Moderators Obsess Over Political Horserace, Rarely Ask About Climate Change, Media Matters For America, January 11, 2016
3 - Tim McDonnell, The Country’s Top Scientists Have Some Questions for Tonight’s Debate, Mother Jones, February 11, 2016
4 - Judy Woodruff Bio, PBS Newshour
5 - Susan Page and Paul Singer, USA TODAY/Rock the Vote poll: Millennials' agenda for the next president, USA TODAY, January 11, 2016
6 - Gwen Ifill Bio, PBS NewsHour
7 - Anthony Rogers-Wright, Granite State Votes, Clean Power Plan Rocked, Environmental Action blog, February 10, 2016