Brooklyn #DemDebate Live!

Brooklyn #DemDebate Live!

Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton will meet in Brooklyn for the next #DemDebate on CNN and NY1 on April 14, five days before a crucial primary election in New York state.

The last few debates on CNN have included questions on fracking and Climate Change, which is crucial for the next President to deal with. But New York is a one-of-a-kind stage. It’s one of the first states to ban fracking, it’s the first state whose Attorney General launched an investigation into Exxon’s Climate Cover-Up – and more.

Let’s make sure the hosts — CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, NY1 political anchor Errol Louis and New York News reporter Jennifer Fermino — get our questions in advance and then commit to ask tough questions on climate change.

Live Blog Brooklyn #DemDebate Live!

We’re more than halfway through the primary process, but we haven’t seen a primary like New York’s before. Sen. Bernie Sanders has released a new ad criticizing Hillary Clinton on fracking ahead of next week’s primary, which has already banned this extreme drilling process in a big win for our movement. Actress Susan Sarandon says, in the ad, Bernie is “the only candidate for president who opposes fracking everywhere.” 

We’ve known and worked with the anti-fracking movement in New York for years, but polls out still show Clinton with a 51 percent-to-39 percent lead over Sanders, indicating a close election based on real issues.

We need real debates that ask real questions so voters are informed before they make their choice for President Obama’s successor. This Thursday night we have a chance to see if CNN and their New York Co-hosts share this opinion.We previously gave Grist a lists of the kind of questions we’re hoping to asked at the #DemDebate.

Here’s the rest of the list in case you want to suggest any of them to our friends at NY1, the Daily News and CNN. (h/t the amazing Rebecca Leber and team at Grist).

1. Robert Bullard, known as the “father” of environmental justice in America, has said that climate change impacts communities of color “first and worst.” As president, what specific steps would you take to make sure your policies to fight global warming better protect communities of color on the front lines of this global crisis?

2. Secretary Clinton, you just released a bulletin that calls for more use of natural gas as well as carbon capture and sequestration. But wouldn’t this plan mean increased fracking across the country and the potential for drinking water sources to be tainted as it is right here in Flint? Is there a safe way to frack, and if so, what steps would you take to ensure safety and minimize disproportionate impacts to communities of color?

3. Last December, nearly 200 world leaders signed an agreement you both support to cap global warming at 1.5-2 degrees Celsius. To accomplish that goal, scientists tell us we must leave 80 percent of proven fossil fuel reserves in the ground. As president, what specific policies would you implement to limit new oil, gas, and coal development and keep America under this “carbon budget”? Secretary Clinton, will you support Sen. Sanders’ plan to ban drilling and mining on public lands and waters, the so-called “Keep It In The Ground” act?

4. Sen. Sanders, how will you enforce a ban on fossil fuel extraction without the support of Congress — which has voted in favor of the Keystone pipeline, oil exports, gas exports, and other fossil fuel extraction in the last six months?

5. Solutions to climate change such as electric cars and efficient lightbulbs are predicated on economic resources that are unavailable to many low-wealth communities of color. What climate change strategies would each of you implement to ensure that people of all income levels can take part in and benefit from living sustainably?

6. Policies like President Bill Clinton’s Executive Order 12898, created to address environmental racism, have been never been ratified or implemented as a national law. If elected, how would you overcome political obstacles that stand in the way of equitable and efficient environmental policy?

7. Secretary Clinton, your past statements, referring to men of color as “super-predators,” and past polices that you supported that resulted in the mass incarceration of largely Latino and African American [men] have caused some to question your commitment to racial justice. Do you regret your previous statement and support of that policy, and how would you correct it as president?

8. The GI Bill, New Deal, and favorable housing policies created generational wealth for white Americans. These programs were largely not made available to people of color, which in part contributes to the vast wealth disparity between white people and people of color. What are some specific policies you would implement to not only increase incomes for people of color, but also allow them to generate similar generational wealth as their white counterparts?

9. Native Americans who live on sovereign land have seen treaties broken time and time again, which has exposed them to toxic air and water as well as unequal protection and due process. As president, what commitment will you make to ensure tribal sovereignty and that treaties are respected and maintained?

10. Free trade agreements like NAFTA have not only contributed to increased carbon emissions, but they have also had significant impacts on jobs in communities like Flint, Detroit, Cleveland, and others. Some studies have shown that communities of color were hit the hardest from jobs shipped overseas as a result of these agreements. Where do each of you stand on free trade agreements, and if you advocate for them, how will you ensure they have environmental standards and do not result in the loss of American jobs essential to maintaining the middle class?

11. Should immigration enforcement should be suspended until the 1,000+ undocumented people in Flint get the services and help they need, should the Border Patrol should continue setting up in and around the city while this crisis is ongoing?

The Sierra Club, the NAACP, and local community leaders are holding their own event to draw attention to other “Flints” around the country. Here are their #DemDebate questions as well

12. Do you think emergency manager laws, like the one in Michigan, are compatible with democratic ideals?

13. How should the government ensure that rebuilding after a disaster like Flint provides good paying local jobs that help lift up the community?

14. How should the federal government get involved when a crisis like Flint occurs?


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