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Stop the Presses! Russert Asks Question Related to Global Warming

Contact: David Sandretti, (202) 785-8683 or January 16, 2008  

Las Vegas, NV – Tonight’s Democratic debate from Nevada provided voters with by far the most substantive discussion of the twin challenges of global warming and America’s energy future of any presidential debate to date.

MSNBC and moderators Russert and Williams deserve credit for giving the candidates the opportunity to outline their plans to address global warming and move us to a clean energy future.

Moderator Brian Williams opened the discussion asking the candidates about their position on the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste site and Tim Russert’s question, while not saying the words “global warming” or “climate change,” probed the candidates on CO2 levels in the context of constructing additional nuclear power plants. 

The three candidates in this debate deserve great credit for their comprehensive energy plans and that they would make these issues a top priority.  In fact, all three candidates initiated discussions of global warming and America’s energy future without prompting by the moderators’ questions.

Next week, MSNBC will host a Republican debate in Florida.  It is our hope that a similarly robust discussion be part of that debate since there is a wide divergence between the candidates, particularly when it comes to addressing global warming 

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