Steyer, Biden clash over climate credentials

Steyer, Biden clash over climate credentials

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden: Buttigieg 'doesn't have significant black support even in his own city' Biden: 'I'd add' Warren to my list of potential VP picks How can top Democrats run the economy with no business skill? MORE went toe-to-toe with billionaire Tom SteyerThomas (Tom) Fahr SteyerEmanuel jokes: 'I'm a new, mellow Rahm' Booker campaign rakes in million after Harris exits 2020 race Biden: All-white debate not representative of party, but 'you can't dictate' nominee MORE over their climate credentials during the fifth Democratic presidential debate on Wednesday.

Steyer, who has sought to brand himself as the climate candidate, said he would use his presidential powers to declare the climate crisis an emergency on his first day in office. 

“I am the only person on this stage who will say climate is the No. 1 priority for me,” Steyer said.

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That touched a nerve with Biden, who said, "I don’t need a lecture from my friend." He went on to add that climate change is "the existential threat" and "the No. 1 issue."

But Steyer challenged Biden, who spent nearly four decades in the Senate, and the other lawmakers onstage, saying, “Congress has never passed an important climate bill ever.” 

“This is a problem which continues to get worse. That’s why I’m saying it’s a state of emergency,” Steyer added.

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersHow can top Democrats run the economy with no business skill? Biden rallies with John Kerry in early primary states Buttigieg campaign says 2000 people attended Iowa rally MORE (I-Vt.) jumped in to note that in July he introduced a bill with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezButtigieg campaign says 2000 people attended Iowa rally Trump keeps Obama immigration program, and Democrats blast him Democrat who opposed Trump, Clinton impeachment inquiries faces big test MORE (D-N.Y.) to declare a climate change emergency.