October 10, 2016

350 Action Responds to 2nd Presidential Debate

 

St. Louis, MO — After the second presidential debate, 350 Action Executive Director May Boeve issued the following statement:

“We finally got a question about energy policy in the 89th minute of the debate, although it left out any mention of climate change. The answers we got revealed the fault lines in this election: Trump doubled down on fossil fuels, while Hillary talked about a clean energy future that doesn’t leave anyone behind. Her big mistake was naming natural gas as a bridge fuel–in reality, it’s just a fast lane to more climate destruction. Still, the choice this November is clear: 350 Action will do everything we can to defeat Trump and then get to work pushing Hillary Clinton to move our country off all fossil fuels, including natural gas.

“Let’s be clear: a last minute question about energy doesn’t do justice to the threat of the climate crisis. This crisis threatens our communities, our economy, and the future for our children–we saw that threat with Hurricane Matthew just this week–yet climate change doesn’t get a single direct question in the debate. We’re glad the moderators grilled Trump about his despicable comments about women, but we need the next debate to put him on the spot for his climate denial, as well.”

On the Open Debates website which was used to select questions for tonight’s debate, a question about climate change had the 4th most votes, while many other climate and energy related questions ranked highly, as well.

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Contact: Dani Heffernan, 350 Action, dani@350.org, (305) 992-1544

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