Jay Inslee, the governor of Washington state, has said climate change is the “driving motivation” for his presidential campaign; some of his opponents agree, particularly after an April CNN/SSRS poll found that 82 percent of Democrats and Democratic-leaning voters described the issue as “very important.” One of these candidates will face off in the general election against a president who ran on the assurance that “I believe in clean air. Immaculate air. But I don’t believe in climate change.” This month, President Trump falsely asserted that “the United States right now has among the cleanest climates there are, based on all statistics, and it’s even getting better.” Vice President Pence won’t acknowledge the scientific consensus that climate change is a threat to our country.
Clearly, whichever Democrat snags the nomination will face a hard time selling the urgency of this problem. But many of the candidates have been able to skate by so far without offering many specifics about what they’d do or how they’d do it, including at the NBC News debates this past week, where the climate was a relatively minor concern. The Washington Post asked seven climate experts and scientists: In a presidential debate focused entirely on this subject, what would they ask the candidates?
Kristie Ebi, a professor of Global Health, is quoted in this story.