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Yang 'disappointed' Weather Channel excluded him from climate change special

Yang 'disappointed' Weather Channel excluded him from climate change special
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Democratic presidential candidate Andrew YangAndrew YangYang announces run for New York City mayor Yang files to open campaign account for NYC mayor Poll finds Andrew Yang favored for New York City mayor MORE reportedly said Monday that he is “disappointed” that the Weather Channel didn’t invite him to take part in a bipartisan climate change special set to air next month.

While the Nov. 7 special will feature several other 2020 Democratic hopefuls — including Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenPorter loses seat on House panel overseeing financial sector OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Nine, including former Michigan governor, charged over Flint water crisis | Regulator finalizes rule forcing banks to serve oil, gun companies | Trump admin adds hurdle to increase efficiency standards for furnaces, water heaters DeVos mulled unilateral student loan forgiveness as COVID-19 wracked economy: memo MORE (Mass.), Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden to seek minimum wage in COVID-19 proposal Former Sanders spokesperson: Progressives 'shouldn't lose sight' of struggling Americans during pandemic 'I saw my life flash before my eyes': An oral history of the Capitol attack MORE (I-Vt.) and Cory BookerCory BookerNCAA tables name, image and likeness vote after DOJ warns of potential antitrust violations Warren and other senators seek investigation into Trump administration resuming federal executions Cory Booker says he has no plans to propose to Rosario Dawson this Christmas MORE (N.J.) as well as former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D) and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegAgency official says Capitol riot hit close to home for former Transportation secretary Chao Transportation Secretary Chao resigns in protest Buttigieg is blazing trails for LGBTQ equality MORE (D) — Yang won’t be among the group participating, the Washington Examiner reports.

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"Andrew Yang has released an extensive and detailed plan to combat climate change and we're disappointed that the Weather Channel didn't reach out to let their viewers hear about it, especially given his place in the polls and fundraising," Zach Graumann, Yang's campaign manager, told the  Examiner in a statement.

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He added that Yang "is focused on real solutions for the American people, and as we've seen in the past week, whether it's at the debate or the 10-hour Q&A he conducted on Friday, the American people want to hear what Andrew Yang has to offer. The media needs to learn from the mistakes of 2016 and get it right this cycle."

In a statement to the Examiner, the Weather Channel said it couldn’t interview Yang “in the interest of time.”

"The Weather Channel decided to choose the top seven Democrats in the polls, in accordance with the [Democratic National Committee] criteria to qualify for the third debate,” the Weather Channel said, adding that at the time of the network’s production deadlines, Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharGoogle completes Fitbit acquisition Hillicon Valley: Fringe social networks boosted after Capitol attack | Planned protests spark fears of violence in Trump's final days | Election security efforts likely to gain ground in Democrat-controlled Congress US Chamber of Commerce to stop supporting some lawmakers following the Capitol riots MORE (D-Minn.), former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro and Yang were not in the top seven among Democratic hopefuls.

“As this is a bipartisan special, the network invited the three Republican challengers and President Trump. We are encouraged that many of the candidates have plans to address our changing climate and hope to have other opportunities for viewers to hear their thinking ahead of Election Day,” the Weather Channel added.

Trump declined to participate in the event, and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenConfirmation hearing for Biden's DNI pick postponed Biden's Sunday inauguration rehearsal postponed due to security concerns: report Murkowski says it would be 'appropriate' to bar Trump from holding office again MORE (D), who remains a Democratic front-runner, is unable to participate due to a scheduling issue.

Yang released a climate plan in August that focuses on private sector investment and nuclear power to achieve his goal of a “fully green” economy by 2049. His plan largely differs from those of other Democratic candidates due to its heavy reliance on clean nuclear energy.