Yesterday, a panel at the Democratic National Committee (DNC) voted down a proposal for a climate change-focused presidential debate during a meeting in San Francisco.
They voted 17-8 against the idea. It was previously touted by Washington Governor Jay Insee, who dropped out of the 2020 primary race earlier this week.
It reportedly could be resurrected during the full committee’s general session tomorrow.
Democrats expressed concern over hosting this type of a debate in the middle of a primary season:
It was a predictable outcome. Top brass at the DNC opposed the climate debate from the get-go, fearing it could sow discord in the base and hamper the eventual nominee in the general election. CNN and MSNBC announced plans last month to host forums on climate change in September. DNC Chair Tom Perez affirmed the forums in a resolution introduced earlier this month, which some activists saw as setting the stage for voting down the climate debate.
Symone Sanders, a senior adviser of presidential candidate Joe Biden, was among those who urged the DNC on Thursday to vote down a climate debate, saying it would be “dangerous territory in the middle of a Democratic primary process.”
It’s not surprising to see this political party tilt this far to the left on the environment. Yesterday, presidential candidate and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders unveiled his Green New Deal plan that would cost $16 trillion and “guarantee” 20 million jobs within 15 years of going into effect.
All this party had to do was not go full crazy, but alas, they are—as expected. This is President Trump’s race to lose and Democrats are making it increasingly easy for him to cruise to re-election.
We shall see if a climate-focused debate happens and if it will call for dismantling the economy, abandoning red meat, and having fewer children.