I wanted to make sure you saw my invite to watch the Democratic debate with us tonight. Even if you're not into politics, I thought you might be interested because I know you care about climate change and fracking. There are three big reasons why we're expecting those topics to come up tonight (and one big reason why it matters if they do):
- Bernie Sanders has been making a big deal out of his opposition to fracking in New York, including a new ad he just released this week: and it's expected to come up tonight at the debate.*
- Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton and their daughter Chelsea have all been asked in the last 72 hours about the money the fossil fuel industry has donated to the Clinton campaign and the Clinton Foundation.**
- Then, last night, fossil fuel giant ExxonMobil filed a lawsuit to quash investigation into what it knew about climate change, and when -- making it increasingly likely this issue will end up in federal court, probably on he next President's watch.***
Issues about fracking and climate change will be central to the next administration - and given all this news happening in the last few days, we've got reason to hope that CNN or one of the local New York co-hosts will ask about it at the debate tonight. What do you say, will you tune in with us to watch Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton debate in Brooklyn tonight and tell the moderators to ask about climate, fracking and clean energy?
Drew and Debate team at Environmental Action
* Yamiche Alcindor, Bernie Sanders Proposes Fracking Ban and Attacks Hillary Clinton on the Environment, The New York Times, April 11, 2016
** MJ Lee and Chris Moody, What to watch at CNN's key Clinton-Sanders debate in New York, CNN, April 14, 2016
*** Amy Harder, Devlin Barrett and Bradley Olson, Exxon Fires Back at Climate-Change Probe, the Wall Street Journal, April 13, 2016
PS - Here's my original email from yesterday - it also has links to submit questions to CNN, NY1 and the Daily News in case you want to join the conversation!
The last few debates on CNN have included questions on fracking and climate change, which is crucial for the next president to deal with. But New York is a one-of-a-kind stage. It's one of the first states to ban fracking, it's the first state whose Attorney General launched an investigation into Exxon's Climate Cover-Up – and more.1
Let’s make sure the hosts — CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, NY1 political anchor Errol Louis and New York News reporter Jennifer Fermino2 — get our questions in advance and then commit to ask tough questions on climate change.
And then click here to RSVP for our Debate Watch Party to see if our New York hosts follow through.
We're more than halfway through the primary process, but we haven't seen a primary like New York's before. Sen. Bernie Sanders has released a new ad criticizing Hillary Clinton on fracking ahead of next week's primary, which has already banned this extreme drilling process in a big win for our movement. Actress Susan Sarandon says, in the ad, Bernie is "the only candidate for president who opposes fracking everywhere."3
We've known and worked with the anti-fracking movement in New York for years, but polls out still show Clinton with a 51 percent-to-39 percent lead over Sanders, indicating a close election based on real issues.4
We need real debates that ask real questions so voters are informed before they make their choice for President Obama's successor. This Thursday night we have a chance to see if CNN and their New York Co-hosts share this opinion. Click here to watch the debate with us, and send your questions to the national stage.
See you in the chatroom,
Drew and the Environmental Action Debate Team
1. Brian Stelter, Clinton, Sanders to meet for Brooklyn debate, CNN April 5, 2016
2. Josh Robin, Sanders, Clinton to Participate in Brooklyn Debate Co-Sponsored by NY1, NY1, April 4, 2016
3. Yamiche Alcindor, Bernie Sanders Proposes Fracking Ban and Attacks Hillary Clinton on the Environment, The New York Times, April 11, 2016
4. Tom LoBianco, New York poll: Clinton tops Sanders by double-digits, CNN, April 12, 2016