Steyer, Biden clash over climate credentials

Steyer, Biden clash over climate credentials

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Hill's Morning Report - House prosecutes Trump as 'lawless,' 'corrupt' What to watch for on Day 3 of Senate impeachment trial Sanders wants one-on-one fight with Biden MORE went toe-to-toe with billionaire Tom SteyerTom Fahr SteyerTrump sets record for tweets as president on day House makes impeachment case Steyer spokesperson: 'I don't think necessarily that Tom has bought anything' Krystal and Saagar interview Tom Steyer's Press Secretary 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 SandersThe Hill's Morning Report - House prosecutes Trump as 'lawless,' 'corrupt' Tensions between McConnell and Schumer run high as trial gains momentum Sanders wants one-on-one fight with Biden MORE (I-Vt.) jumped in to note that in July he introduced a bill with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezSanders wants one-on-one fight with Biden Impeachment trial forces senators to scrap fundraisers Ocasio-Cortez knocks Biden: He 'helped sell the invasion of Iraq' and 'spent years working to cut Social Security' MORE (D-N.Y.) to declare a climate change emergency.