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 Fahr SteyerSteyer rebukes Biden for arguing with supporter he thought was Sanders voter Poll: 56 percent of Democrats say billionaire politicians more likely to cater to special interests South Carolina woman behind popular Obama slogan says she backs Steyer 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.”

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

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“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.