The 2008 Democratic presidential candidates fielded a range of questions on how they would tackle global warming and increase America’s energy independence in two recent, innovative, ‘people-powered’ debates. Both events – MoveOn.org’s ‘Virtual Town Hall’ on Climate Change and the CNN-YouTube Debates – posed questions to the candidates that were submitted by individuals via video and the internet.
Earlier this month, the full range of candidates fielded three questions each on how they would tackle the climate crisis in MoveOn’org’s Virtual Town Hall on Climate. The event was organized in conjunction with the LiveEarth global concert series, held on July 7th. You can watch the candidates’ responses to each question online here.
Last night, CNN and YouTube organized a similar event that used internet-submitted videos to pose questions from average Americans to the Democratic candidates. This format was both innovative, and in my opinion, effective. The questions were harder hitting, more pointed and even in many cases entertaining than the previous television debates. The candidates fielded three questions on energy and climate change, although not all candidates responded to the questions. You can see the three energy and climate focused questions from the debate below. The debate was broadcast live on CNN on July 23rd and you can head to the CNN-YouTube Debates website for videos of the full debate. CNN and YouTube plan another ‘people-powered’ debate with the Republican presidential candidates soon.
Question: “How will you save the snowmen from global warming?” [note: this one is a humorous question on a serious topic!]
Candidates who respond: Kucinich
Question: “How will your policies reduce energy consumption in the United States?”
Candidates who respond: Gravel, Dodd
Question: “What is your stance on nuclear power?”
Candidates who respond: Edwards, Obama, Clinton