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 CuomoTrump accuses Democrats of launching a 'Ukraine Witch Hunt' Biden dismisses Trump's Ukraine allegations: 'The president should start to be president' Trump asked Ukraine president to investigate Biden's son eight times in one phone call: reports MORE and Don LemonDon Carlton LemonTucker Carlson defends former colleague Megyn Kelly amid Trudeau blackface controversy Newsom: Nixon and Reagan 'rolling in their graves right now' over what GOP has become Sanders, Yang to miss CNN's town hall on LGBTQ issues 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 BookerIowa GOP swipes at 2020 Democrats' meat positions as candidates attend annual Steak Fry Booker aide sounds alarm about campaign's funding 2020 Democrats defend climate priorities in MSNBC forum MORE's (D-N.J.) appearance at 11:20 p.m.

Other candidates who will be participating include tech entrepreneur Andrew YangAndrew Yang2020 Democrats defend climate priorities in MSNBC forum Yang: 'Cancel culture' has become source of 'fear' for Americans Hundreds of thousands turn out in New York, other major cities for climate marches MORE, Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisWarren overtakes Biden in Iowa for first time: poll Iowa GOP swipes at 2020 Democrats' meat positions as candidates attend annual Steak Fry Warren avoids attacks while building momentum MORE (D-Calif.), Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharMSNBC 'Climate in Crisis' special draws 1.3M viewers in 8 pm timeslot The two most important mental health reforms the Trump administration should consider Sanders searches for answers amid Warren steamroller MORE (D-Minn.), former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenUkrainian official denies Trump pressured president Trump goes after New York Times, Washington Post: 'They have gone totally CRAZY!!!!' Warren overtakes Biden in Iowa for first time: poll MORE, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersWarren overtakes Biden in Iowa for first time: poll The polls are asking the wrong question Sanders unveils plan to eliminate Americans' medical debt MORE (I-Vt.), Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenWarren overtakes Biden in Iowa for first time: poll Warren avoids attacks while building momentum Sanders unveils plan to eliminate Americans' medical debt MORE (D-Mass.), South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegWarren overtakes Biden in Iowa for first time: poll The polls are asking the wrong question Booker aide sounds alarm about campaign's funding 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.