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Democrats Highly Divided On Climate Policy

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The Democrat party is torn again between its more progressive members who want to make the Presidential election in 2020 all about the climate and those members who are more moderate in their climate views.

About 50 members of the Democratic National Committee have officially pushed for the DNC to hold a presidential debate about nothing other than the climate, according to Huffington Post, but their proposal is getting some pushback.

The DNC members plan to submit the official resolution in support of a climate change debate at the DNC meeting that will take place later in June. It is expected that DNC chairman Tom Perez will reject the resolution.

The party is finding itself at odds with each other in the runup to the 2020 presidential election, with die-hard climate-agendaed democrats—like Gov. Jay Inslee—on one side and more moderate democrats who’s pro-climate stance isn’t quite good enough for the likes of AOC—like Joe Biden—on the other.

Inslee had already asked the DNC to hold a climate-centered debate, but his requested has already been rejected.

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Inslee, who is focusing his bid for President on climate issues, is bringing up the rear in the polls. Biden, who has issued a more subdued climate plan of his own yet has been chastised for not going far enough by more climate-enthusiastic democrats, is in the lead. Biden has upped his climate game in recent days after being criticized by his fellow Dems who are more emphatic in their climate agendas.

Washington Democratic Party Chairwoman Tina Podlodowski spearheaded the protests by the DNC about their rejection of the climate debate, arguing that this is the direction younger party members want to go:

“It’s a tremendous opportunity as far as I’m concerned to show where Democrats stand on this issue, not just about saving the planet but how it’s an economic issue, how it’s an income inequality issue and really show Democratic unity here. It’s the No. 1 issue for younger voters in our party and if we want them to turn out, we should show them the respect they deserve in hearing solutions to an issue that they are going to face far more than those of us in our 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s moving forward,” Podlodowski told HuffPost.“

By Julianne Geiger for Oilprice.com

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  • Lee James on June 08 2019 said:
    Climate is the relative new kid on the block, politically speaking; party positioning on climate -- through conferencing -- is warranted.

    I hope the final Democratic candidate is up to speed in other issues as well. The U.S. will need to rebuild its network of allies as "America First" has done them in. We might work on our world image as a country with a heart and soul in addition to having wealth and technology. The health of our people needs work; we eat poorly, carry too much weight and too many canes for getting around.

    Democrats know that inequality and unfair advantage is all too prevalent in the U.S. How do we solve this without unduly tapping into other people's money?

    We've got a lot of work to do, as we exit the current Administration. Chief among the issues is dealing with the supposed non-existence of climate change; starting again at square one.

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