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100,000 Petition Signers Urge Presidential Debate Moderators to Ask Climate Questions

Sep 23, 2016

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Washington, DC – Today, a broad coalition announced that they have gathered 100,000 petition signatures in the last two weeks urging the Presidential debate moderators to ask Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump questions on climate change. The coalition includes the League of Conservation Voters, Corporate Accountability International, Daily Kos, Defend our Future, Environmental Defense Fund, Friends of the Earth Action, Media Matters for America, NRDC Action Fund and the Sierra Club.

The petition reads:

Our Message to Presidential Debate Moderators Lester Holt (NBC), Martha Raddatz (ABC News), Anderson Cooper (CNN), and Chris Wallace (Fox News):

As the moderators of the 2016 presidential debates, you have the opportunity to ask questions about the most pressing issues facing our country – and climate change must be at the top of the list.

This summer, the climate crisis has fallen right into America’s front yards – from devastating floods in Louisiana to damaging droughts and sweltering heat, we are feeling the impacts of climate change every day. Yet according to a recent Media Matters study, ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox collectively spent five percent less time covering climate change in 2015 despite landmark actions to address global warming. And just 1.5 percent of the nearly 1,500 questions that debate moderators asked presidential candidates during the primary debates were about climate change.

Millions of voters will get their information about the presidential candidates from the debates. They entrust you with the responsibility to ensure that they know where the candidates stand on an issue that will affect their health, the economy, our national security – and their children’s and grandchildren’s futures.

We must know where the candidates stand on these issues. Please bring this important issue to the national stage by asking the candidates how they plan to address climate change.