John Kerry calls out lack of climate questions at debate

John Kerry calls out lack of climate questions at debate

Former Secretary of State John KerryJohn Forbes KerryPompeo announces Israeli settlements do not violate international law Deval Patrick's 2020 entry raises stakes in New Hampshire Growing 2020 field underscores Democratic divide MORE on Wednesday blasted the lack of questions about climate issues at the Democratic presidential debate on Tuesday in Westerville, Ohio.

“Twenty years from now, it won't wear well that in a THREE hour debate, there was time to ask about Ellen at a Cowboys game, but not climate change. Not once!” Kerry tweeted Wednesday.

Numerous figures criticized moderators for closing with a question about Ellen DeGeneres and former President George W. Bush’s friendship as opposed to political issues, including Washington Gov. Jay InsleeJay Robert InsleeO'Rourke ends presidential bid Sunrise Movement organizer: Sanders, Warren boast strongest climate change plans Overnight Energy: Farmers say EPA reneged on ethanol deal | EPA scrubs senators' quotes from controversial ethanol announcement | Perry unsure if he'll comply with subpoena | John Kerry criticizes lack of climate talk at debate MORE (D). Kerry quoted Inslee’s tweet, which called climate change “the existential crisis of our time” and called the omission “completely inexcusable” Tuesday night.


Brian Kahn, the founder of the environmental news website, also took issue with the DeGeneres question, tweeting “CNN thought it was more important to use Ellen hanging out with a war criminal as a jumping off point to ask about bipartisan friendships than ask about the largest existential threat facing humanity.”

Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, who was onstage for the debate, also named climate change as an issue that would have been a better use of debate time than the question.