Williamson: Climate change result of an 'amoral' economic system

Williamson: Climate change result of an 'amoral' economic system
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Presidential candidate and author Marianne WilliamsonMarianne WilliamsonDemocrats: The road to kumbaya The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump, Pelosi take the gloves off; DNC wants Iowa recanvass Iowa and New Hampshire haters should think twice MORE described climate change as one symptom of an “amoral” economic system at MSNBC’s climate forum at Georgetown University on Thursday.

Williamson blamed what she called a "virulent strain of capitalism that puts short-term shareholder profit before all else, before the safety and welfare of the workers, before the safety and welfare of the environment."

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“The issue here is not that we have an economic system that is immoral, but that we have an economic system that is amoral,” she told moderator Ali Velshi, leading to "immoral consequences."

“A very large number of people suffer because of that, and that’s why we need a revolution in our times,” Williamson continued. "Our biggest issue when it comes to climate change is psychological: It's a massive state of denial.”

Williamson said addressing climate change would be an undertaking on the level of World War II.

"The first thing we have to do is deal with people's nature psychologically and emotionally integrate that understanding,” she added.

Williamson was one of several candidates participating in the forum, including Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersDemocrats redefine center as theirs collapses Speculation swirls around whether Bloomberg will make Las Vegas debate stage Pelosi: 'I'm not counting Joe Biden out' MORE (I-Vt.) and Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetToward 'Super Tuesday' — momentum, money and delegates Trump seeks split-screen moments in early primary states Sanders calls James Carville 'a political hack' MORE (D-Colo.), entrepreneur Andrew YangAndrew YangTrump seeks split-screen moments in early primary states More accusers come forward after Evelyn Yang breaks silence on alleged assault by OBGYN Sanders leads Biden in latest Nevada poll MORE, Rep. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) RyanDemocrats tear into Trump's speech: It was a 'MAGA rally' Democrats walk out of Trump's address: 'It's like watching professional wrestling' Trump set to confront his impeachment foes MORE (D-Ohio), former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro and former Rep. John DelaneyJohn Kevin DelaneyLobbying world The Hill's Campaign Report: Four-way sprint to Iowa finish line John Delaney drops out of presidential race, Krystal and Saagar react MORE (D-Md.).