The Democratic presidential candidates are more outspoken about climate change than Sen. Bernie Sanders

States with poor climate policy ‘overlap’ with those seeking to limit rights, Kamala Harris says

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., said President Trump’s climate change denial is a danger to democracy. Democratic presidential frontrunner Tom Steyer, a climate activist, called for a national conversation about climate change. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said the planet will be “overheated” if governments do not act quickly. And California Sen. Kamala Harris said states with poor climate policy are increasingly seeking to limit “our civil rights.”

But perhaps none of the candidates running for the Democratic presidential nomination are more outspoken about climate change than Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Sanders began exploring the issue of global warming during his time as mayor of Burlington. He was elected mayor in 1981, but served no more than three terms before retiring at age 49 after serving in the U.S. Senate.

The longtime independent who caucuses with the Senate’s Democrats, Sanders has long been critical of the U.S. government’s role in climate change.

After the 2017 Paris Agreement on climate change, Sanders wrote a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency to express his belief that the agreement had the potential to be “irreversible” and to make America “a climate bully.”

“I oppose the Paris Agreement and believe the U.S. has the opportunity to lead the world in cutting emissions,” Sanders wrote in the letter, which was published in Rolling Stone. “I believe America is the leader we need to be going in this endeavor.”

In 2013, Sanders told Bill Moyers he was “a climate change skeptic.”

Sanders’ climate skepticism was sparked by his belief that climate science had been overhyped, and he believed the climate change conversation should take on a public relations role.

“The science is clear: Climate change is happening, and the planet is warming,” he said to Moyers. “If we want to do something about it, we have to have a conversation.”

After the 2015 Paris Agreement was reached in Paris, Sanders called the pact “a disaster that will have profound consequences for America and the world.”

“It is not the moral thing to refuse to protect the right of people to breathe clean air,�

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