The second 2020 Democratic primary debate, held in Detroit, was conducted in two rounds over two nights with 10 candidates each. Climate change and environmental issues got about 21 minutes of attention. Credit: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images In two nights of debates that seemed designed to highlight divisions among the candidates, the Democratic presidential hopefuls this week managed to display remarkable unity in their proclaimed commitment to aggressive action on climate change. Barbed questions posed by a CNN panel produced sharp wrangling over the details of universal health care, immigration and crime. But when it came to decarbonizing the economy, few hard and fast differences surfaced. “We have all put out highly similar visions on climate,” said Pete Buttigieg , the mayor of South Bend, Indiana. Our stories. Your inbox. Every weekend. Former Vice President Joe Biden sought to fend off the charge that his plan was “middling.” Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio envisioned a manufacturing future centered around the electric car. Sen. Kamala Harris of California called for adopting a Green New Deal and getting the country to carbon neutral by 2030. Yes, some of the moderates don’t like the Green New Deal. And the left-leaning politicians were more […]


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