Conservatives unite against climate change after CNN town hall

CNN on Thursday hosted an unprecedented seven-hour-long town hall with 10 of the Democrats seeking the 2020 nomination.

While the specifics candidates offered differed—Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) wants an energy consumption competition among neighborhoods—the party essential presented a unified front in support of the environment.

Climate change, they all agreed, is a real concern, and one that the U.S. must mobilize against. Almost every candidates’ proposal pledged trillions of dollars against the crisis.

And the response from leading conservatives was that 10 prominent politicians, all in agreement the nation faced unprecedented problems, were wrong, pandering, and delusional.

Climate change is a partisan fight, with Republicans unified against it, seeing solutions and proposals as impractical, unnecessary, and dumb. Just look at some of the responses to last night’s event, which came in the wake of the fifth Category 5 hurricane of the past three years barrelling down on the U.S.

Calls to eliminate fossil fuels were framed as socialism and not environmentalism. Climate change was attacked by the likes of Bill O’Reilly and the Republican National Committee.

RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel attacked the Green New Deal as a project that would eliminate jobs. “Voters don’t want their extreme agenda!” she tweeted.

When Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) discussed women’s rights and access to birth control to help fight overpopulation, conservatives said that he supported “human sacrifice to make the sky god send rain.”

A number of leading conservatives applauded the town hall as an inadvertent ad for President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign.

Leading conservative commentator Ben Shapiro, in the wake of it all, called the town hall “political suicide.”

But half the country is ready to make these changes in a Green New Deal, according to polls. It’s just that the right that is reticent and willing to fight in the face of scientific evidence and drastically swinging weather patterns and catastrophic events and would rather crack jokes. And if it truly was the “political suicide” as Shapiro says, you’d likely see a number of Democrats running away from climate change to pander and secure more voters.

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David Covucci

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