Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE is backing calls for a 2020 presidential debate focused solely on climate change a week after the Democratic National Committee (DNC) announced it would not host one.
“Yeah, I’m all in,” the White House hopeful said Tuesday at a campaign rally in Iowa when asked about a debate dedicated to climate change.
BREAKING: You HAVE to watch this. Joe Biden just agreed to a climate debate on camera. @TomPerez and the @DNC, are you listening yet? RT if you want a climate debate! #climate2020 pic.twitter.com/2mckXAucBD
— Greenpeace USA (@greenpeaceusa) June 11, 2019
Last week, the DNC informed Washington Gov. Jay InsleeJay Robert InsleeInslee calls on Trump to ‘stay out of Washington state’s business’ Seattle mayor responds to Trump: ‘Go back to your bunker’ Trump warns he will take back Seattle from ‘ugly Anarchists’ if local leaders don’t act MORE (D), who has built his 2020 campaign around environmental issues, that it would not hold a debate focused on climate.
That decision has been met with backlash, including from many other 2020 contenders who say a climate-specific debate is warranted given the severity of the crisis.
According to Greenpeace, 16 Democratic candidates, including Biden, have called for a climate debate.
“Today, Joe Biden proved he’s listening to the thousands of people across the country who have called for an official debate on the climate crisis,” Greenpeace USA Climate Campaign Director Janet Redman said in a statement. “More people than ever are reeling from climate impacts, and they deserve an ally in the White House who’s going to act with the courage and urgency this crisis merits.”
DNC Chairman Tom PerezThomas Edward PerezClinton’s top five vice presidential picks Government social programs: Triumph of hope over evidence Labor’s ‘wasteful spending and mismanagement” at Workers’ Comp MORE responded to the backlash on Saturday, saying that a climate change debate is “not practical” after a group of activists confronted him about the issue.
“It’s just not practical,” Perez told the activists after delivering remarks at the Florida Democratic Party’s Leadership Blue gala. “And as someone who worked for Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaHarris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Five ways America would take a hard left under Joe Biden Valerie Jarrett: ‘Democracy depends upon having law enforcement’ MORE, the most remarkable thing about him was his tenacity to multitask, and a president must be able to multitask.”
Biden on Tuesday also committed to a phaseout of fossil fuel production in the U.S. A phaseout was briefly mentioned in the former vice president’s $5 trillion climate plan rolled out last week.
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