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 Cuomo promotes 'Dirty Donald' hashtag, hits GOP for 'loyalty oath' to Trump McCabe: Being accused of treason by Trump 'quite honestly terrifying' Former FBI general counsel wants apology from Trump MORE and Don LemonDon Carlton LemonAnderson Cooper, Andy Cohen paired for third straight CNN's New Year Eve CNN's Lemon stunned by 'stupid, juvenile' Trump-Thanos meme: 'Are you people insane?' Biden urges senators to have 'courage' for impeachment trial 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 BookerBooker leads other 2020 Dems in petition urging DNC to change debate qualifications The Hill's Campaign Report: 2020 Democrats trading jabs ahead of Los Angeles debate Booker cancels NH activities, campaign says he has the flu MORE's (D-N.J.) appearance at 11:20 p.m.

Other candidates who will be participating include tech entrepreneur Andrew YangAndrew YangBooker leads other 2020 Dems in petition urging DNC to change debate qualifications Yang unveils plan to address care for children and adults with disabilities Democrats threaten to skip next debate over labor dispute MORE, Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisBooker leads other 2020 Dems in petition urging DNC to change debate qualifications Sanders revokes congressional endorsement for Young Turks founder Cenk Uygur The Hill's Campaign Report: 2020 Democrats trading jabs ahead of Los Angeles debate MORE (D-Calif.), Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharBooker leads other 2020 Dems in petition urging DNC to change debate qualifications Democrats threaten to skip next debate over labor dispute Senate gears up for battle over witnesses in impeachment trial MORE (D-Minn.), former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenNew York Times editorial board calls for Trump's impeachment Graham invites Giuliani to testify about recent Ukraine trip Booker leads other 2020 Dems in petition urging DNC to change debate qualifications MORE, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders 'outraged' after MLB threatens to cut ties with minor league teams Booker leads other 2020 Dems in petition urging DNC to change debate qualifications Democrats threaten to skip next debate over labor dispute MORE (I-Vt.), Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenTrump executive order aimed at combating anti-Semitism stirs up controversy Booker leads other 2020 Dems in petition urging DNC to change debate qualifications Democrats threaten to skip next debate over labor dispute MORE (D-Mass.), South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegBooker leads other 2020 Dems in petition urging DNC to change debate qualifications Buttigieg rolls out endorsements from South Bend officials Democrats threaten to skip next debate over labor dispute 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.