Observers and experts were disappointed that all but one candidate appeared on stage to deny the universal scientific consensus that human behavior is causing the climate crisis during the first 2024 Republican presidential primary debate.
“Climate change is alive and well in the year 2023,” said meteorologist Eric Holthaus. written on xFormerly known as Twitter, on Wednesday night.
during debate in wisconsin, The candidates were asked a pre-taped question by a youth named Alexander Diaz, who described how the climate crisis is “young people’s number one issue”.
“How do you, as both chairman and leader of the Republican Party, quell the fear that the Republican Party doesn’t care about climate change?” Mr. Diaz asked.
The moderators of the debate then asked the candidates to raise their hands if they believed in the human origin of the climate crisis.
“We’re not school kids, let’s have a debate,” said Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who later insisted he never raised a hand in confirmation.
Instead of expounding his views, he attacked Joe Biden for his response to the deadly Maui fire. Deadliest wildfire in more than a century In America, a disaster partially fueled climate crisisAccording to scientists.
“First of all, one of the reasons our country is in decline is how the corporate media treats Republicans versus Democrats,” Mr. DeSantis said. “Biden was on the beach when those people were suffering. When he was asked about this, he said, no comment. are you kidding with me? As the person handling disasters in Florida, you have to be proactive. You have to be there. You have to be present. You have to help the people who are doing this.”
This was followed by entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, to a mixed tone of cheer and praise, and said the “climate change agenda” is a “hoax”.
He said, “Let’s be honest, as a Republican I’m the only person who doesn’t get bought or paid.” “The climate agenda is a hoax… The reality is that the anti-carbon agenda is a wet blanket over our economy. The reality is that more people are dying from climate change policies than from actual climate change.
“It’s not that complicated,” he said later. “Unlock American Energy. Drill, frack, burn coal, go nuclear. Get people back to work by not paying them more to stay home.”
The only candidate who positively acknowledged the reality of the climate crisis was former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley.
“If you want to say something, ask a man. If you want something done, ask a woman,” he said, referring to former UK prime minister Margaret Thatcher.
“Climate change is real,” he Ongoing, “Yes it is. If you want to change the environment, we have to start telling China and India that they have to reduce their emissions.
Climate experts and politicians were frustrated by the denial of the platform the climate crisis helped promote Unprecedented tropical storm in the California desert In recent times.
“By the way, climate change is real,” Joe Biden written on x on Wednesday.
The climate-focused Sunrise Movement said in a post, “Conscience calls climate change a hoax.” “We bluff that he’s gone out this summer.”
According to scientists, July was the hottest month ever recorded in human history, the latest indicator of the severity and urgency of the climate crisis.
“Climate change is here. This is appalling. And this is just the beginning,” UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres Said Last month’s record.
“The era of global warming is over; The era of global boiling has arrived.