We Need a Climate Debate

In a statement yesterday, Gov. Inslee shared that the Democratic National Committee (DNC) has decided not to host a primary debate focused on Climate Change, and that they also stipulated that they would drop Gov. Inslee from future debates if he attended any Climate debates not hosted by the DNC.

The effects of climate change are being felt, and the majority of Democrats are united by the immediate need to address and combat this looming threat. Young Democrats are especially energized by this issue. In addition to Gov. Inslee, many heavy hitter Democratic candidates have endorsed the idea of a climate-focused debate, including Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and Julián Castro.

We deserve a debate to address one of the most important issues of our time. If the DNC will not host it, they should at least not threaten retribution to candidates interested in debating the issue elsewhere. Call Tom Perez – the DNC Chair – as well as your representatives, who are members of the DNC, to ask them to reconsider.

ACTION: Reconsider Holding a Climate Debate

Tom Perez (DNC Chair): 202-863-8000

Sen. Patty Murray--DC 202-224-2621; Seattle 206-553-5545

Sen. Maria Cantwell--DC 202-224-3441; Seattle 206-220-6400

Rep. Pramila Jayapal--DC 202-225-3106; Seattle 206-674-0040

Rep. Adam Smith--DC 202-225-8901; Renton 425-793-5180

Script for Tom Perez:

“Hi, my name is [NAME] and I am calling from [PLACE] to ask that the Democratic National Committee (DNC) reconsider hosting a climate-focused primary debate, or at least consider allowing candidates to participate in a non-DNC-affiliated climate debate if they so choose. Climate change is one of the most pressing issues of our time and unites Democrats behind a common cause. Several candidates have endorsed such a debate and have released detailed plans to address the threat of climate change – we deserve to hear a full discussion of what can and should be done.”

Script for representatives:

“Hi, my name is [NAME] and I am calling from [PLACE] to ask that [REP], as a representative of the Democratic party, encourage the Democratic National Committee (DNC) to reconsider hosting a climate-focused primary debate. Climate change is one of the most pressing issues of our time and unites Democrats behind a common cause. Several candidates have endorsed such a debate and have released detailed plans to address the threat of climate change – we deserve to hear a full discussion of what can and should be done.”

Background:

https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/447192-dnc-tells-inslee-it-wont-host-climate-debate

https://www.businessinsider.com/signs-millennials-gen-z-turning-tide-climate-change-2019-4

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https://twitter.com/Tinapo/status/1136405435236270082?s=20