Billionaire businessman and Democratic presidential candidate Tom SteyerTom SteyerYouth voting organization launches M registration effort in key battlegrounds Overnight Energy: 'Eye of fire,' Exxon lobbyist's comments fuel renewed attacks on oil industry | Celebrities push Biden to oppose controversial Minnesota pipeline | More than 75 companies ask Congress to pass clean electricity standard Celebrities push Biden to oppose controversial Minnesota pipeline 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.”
Steyer blamed President TrumpDonald TrumpNorth Korea conducts potential 6th missile test in a month Kemp leading Perdue in Georgia gubernatorial primary: poll US ranked 27th least corrupt country in the world 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.