CNN correspondent: We could do a climate town hall every day and it wouldn't be enough

CNN correspondent: We could do a climate town hall every day and it wouldn't be enough

CNN's chief climate correspondent said Wednesday morning that the issue is a top concern for Democratic and independent voters, arguing that the network "could do a town hall a day on this and it wouldn’t be enough to cover" the topic.

"Seven hours on the climate crisis. So just take us behind the scenes. Why did CNN decide to do one topic with this?" "New Day" anchor Alisyn Camerota asked Bill Weir during an interview.

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"Because there was so much cry out from those voters who will caucus for Democrats or independents who put this topic at the very top of their concern list," Weir responded. "And many were calling for a dedicated climate debate with all 10 [Democratic presidential candidates] on stage. The DNC [Democratic National Committee] didn’t go for that for whatever reason. And so we thought: 'Why don't make it happen?'

"So we’re doing ... town halls just focused on this," he continued. "And look, I’m biased. I think we could do a town hall a day on this and it wouldn’t be enough to cover it because it’s everything. It’s everything in our lives, from energy to politics to geopolitics to psychology to history."

Starting late Wednesday, 10 Democratic candidates will be given 40 minutes to address questions from CNN moderators and audience members in New York.

Anchors Wolf Blitzer, Erin Burnett, Anderson Cooper, Chris CuomoChristopher (Chris) Charles CuomoCNN's Brooke Baldwin tests positive for coronavirus Chris Cuomo joins brother Andrew Cuomo at coronavirus briefing Chris Cuomo reveals coronavirus symptoms: Fever, shivering, hallucinations MORE and Don LemonDon Carlton LemonNews programs, game shows see spike in viewers amid pandemic 'Pod Save America' host urges networks not to air Trump coronavirus briefings Al Gore blasts Trump: 'You can't gaslight a virus' MORE will each moderate appearances from two candidates each through the evening, along with Weir.

Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro will be the first candidate featured at 5 p.m. The event will wrap up with Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerEnlisting tech to fight coronavirus sparks surveillance fears Democrats urge administration to automatically issue coronavirus checks to more people Democrats ask EPA, Interior to pause rulemaking amid coronavirus MORE's (D-N.J.) appearance at 11:20 p.m.

Other candidates who will be participating include tech entrepreneur Andrew YangAndrew YangAndrew Yang: Calling coronavirus 'China virus' only used to incite 'hostility' Andrew Yang to launch issues-based podcast Majority of young Americans support universal basic income, public healthcare: poll MORE, Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisEnlisting tech to fight coronavirus sparks surveillance fears Biden says his administration could help grow 'bench' for Democrats Is Texas learning to love ObamaCare? MORE (D-Calif.), Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharBiden says his administration could help grow 'bench' for Democrats Democrats fear coronavirus impact on November turnout Hillicon Valley: Zoom draws new scrutiny amid virus fallout | Dems step up push for mail-in voting | Google to lift ban on political ads referencing coronavirus MORE (D-Minn.), former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenSome Sanders top allies have urged him to withdraw from 2020 race: report Sunday shows preview: As coronavirus spreads in the U.S., officials from each sector of public life weigh in Trump defends firing of intel watchdog, calling him a 'disgrace' MORE, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSome Sanders top allies have urged him to withdraw from 2020 race: report We're at war and need wartime institutions to keep our economy producing what's necessary Larry David: Bernie Sanders should drop out of 2020 race MORE (I-Vt.), Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenDemocrats seize on Trump's firing of intelligence community watchdog Biden says his administration could help grow 'bench' for Democrats Overnight Health Care: CDC recommends face coverings in public | Resistance to social distancing sparks new worries | Controversy over change of national stockpile definition | McConnell signals fourth coronavirus bill MORE (D-Mass.), South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegButtigieg launches new PAC to aid down-ballot candidates HuffPost political reporter on why Bernie fell way behind Biden Economists fear slow pace of testing will prolong recession MORE (D) and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas).

The town hall comes weeks after the DNC's decision not to host a climate-focused debate.

The committee voted down the proposal last month in a 17-8 vote.