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Gut Punch: Top Democratic Candidates Ditching MSNBC’s Climate Forum

Five of the top Democratic presidential candidates will not be participating in MSNBC’s nearly two-day climate change forum.

Former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, former Rep. Beto O’Rourke, Sen. Kamala Harris of California, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota are not joining their fellow candidates at the forum, which will be held in Washington, D.C., Washington Post reported Thursday. Biden, for his part, is planning to take part in a $1,000-a-head fundraiser in Illinois. 

Most of the rest of the field will attend. Sens. Michael Bennet, Cory Booker, and Bernie Sanders, as well as South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg and businessman Andrew Yang are slated to speak at the forum, slated to begin Thursday and end Friday. Friday’s portion of the forum will coincide with another forum in Iowa that is focused on LGBTQ issues.

MSNBC’s forum is a risky move for candidates who are starving for attention. CNN’s seven-hour climate talkathon, for instance, was a ratings dud for the network. Only 1.1 million viewers watched the forum, putting CNN in third place behind Fox News and MSNBC on Sept. 4, according to Nielsen Media Research.

Climate change has nevertheless become a highly discussed issues during the 2020 Democratic primary, with some candidates making dire predictions about the world coming to an end in 12 years unless bold action is taken to confront the changing climate.

Sanders, Harris, and Warren, for their part, are even supporting a ban on hydraulic fracturing, a method designed to extract natural gas from the ground.

All 10 Democratic candidates who participated in CNN’s town hall, including Biden, have proposed halting new leases to help energy companies pull out gas from millions of acres both onshore and off the coasts. Biden, perceived as the moderate of the candidates, also said the U.S. can take millions of gas-powered vehicles off the road.

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  1. LIEberals rely on Consensus Opinion for everything. They have no ability to be objective on their own opting for the opinions of idiots who only want grant money from the government.

    Let me introduce you to my favorite BS detector-Michael Crichton. May he rest in peace:

    “I want to pause here and talk about this notion of consensus, and the rise of what has been called consensus science. I regard consensus science as an extremely pernicious development that ought to be stopped cold in its tracks. Historically, the claim of consensus has been the first refuge of scoundrels; it is a way to avoid debate by claiming that the matter is already settled. Whenever you hear the consensus of scientists agrees on something or other, reach for your wallet, because you’re being had.

    Let’s be clear: the work of science has nothing whatever to do with consensus. Consensus is the business of politics. Science, on the contrary, requires only one investigator who happens to be right, which means that he or she has results that are verifiable by reference to the real world. In science consensus is irrelevant. What is relevant is reproducible results. The greatest scientists in history are great precisely because they broke with the consensus.

    There is no such thing as consensus science. If it’s consensus, it isn’t science. If it’s science, it isn’t consensus. Period.” – From Aliens cause Global Warming Speech, Michael Crichton

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