The Top Five Climate Lines From the First Democratic Presidential Debate

2016 Democratic Presidential Debate

Democratic presidential candidates squared off in their first debate Oct. 13 and climate change played a major role. Four of the five candidates mentioned climate change in their opening statements and vowed to ramp up efforts to address the problem if elected president. Here are five of the most memorable climate lines from the debate.

  1. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), calling climate change the country’s most significant national security threat: “The scientific community is telling us that if we do not address the global crisis of climate change, transform our energy system away from fossil fuel to sustainable energy, the planet that we're going to be leaving our kids and our grandchildren may well not be habitable.”
  2. Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley: “We did not land a man on the moon with an all-of-the-above strategy. It was an intentional engineering challenge, and we solved it as a nation. And our nation must solve this one.”
  3. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton: “I do think that the bilateral agreement that President Obama made with the Chinese was significant. Now, it needs to go further, and there will be an international meeting at the end of this year, and we must get verifiable commitments to fight climate change from every country gathered there.”
  4. Sanders: “This is a moral issue. We have got to be extremely aggressive in working with China, India, Russia. The future of the planet is at stake.”
  5. Clinton: “I have been on the forefront of dealing with climate change, starting in 2009… So I'm not taking a back seat to anybody on my values my principles and the results that I get.”

For more details on the energy and environmental views of all the presidential candidates, check out Bloomberg BNA’s energy and environment election guide here