Steyer calls climate change 'most important international problem we're facing'

Steyer calls climate change 'most important international problem we're facing'
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Billionaire businessman and Democratic presidential candidate Tom SteyerTom SteyerBloomberg wages war on COVID-19, but will he abandon his war on coal? Overnight Energy: 600K clean energy jobs lost during pandemic, report finds | Democrats target diseases spread by wildlife | Energy Dept. to buy 1M barrels of oil Ocasio-Cortez, Schiff team up to boost youth voter turnout MORE said climate change is one of the biggest threats facing America, right up there with Russia and election tampering.

Speaking during the fourth Democratic primary debate Tuesday, Steyer said climate change is “the most important international problem we’re facing” and chastised debate organizers for failing to yet bring up the topic more than an hour and a half into the event.

“We can't solve the climate crisis in the United States by ourselves,” Steyer said. “It’s an international crisis, but we have to work with our allies and our frenemies around the world.”

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During the section focused on foreign policy and global threats facing the U.S, Steyer focused squarely on global warming.

Steyer blamed President TrumpDonald John TrumpSessions accepts 'Fox News Sunday' invitation to debate, Tuberville declines Priest among those police cleared from St. John's Church patio for Trump visit Trump criticizes CNN on split-screen audio of Rose Garden address, protesters clashing with police MORE for seeming to be in the pocket of the fossil fuel industry.

“Mr. Trump has, of course, been bought by the oil and gas companies. Any problem we do, specifically climate, we have to lead the world morally,” Steyer said. “This ‘America first, go it alone, trust no one and be untrustworthy’ is the worst idea I’ve heard and we should change it on day one.”

Steyer has largely pushed climate, as well as impeachment, as his top campaign issues. Tuesday night’s debate was the first he appeared at since formally announcing his candidacy in July.