Democrats jockey on climate change in a city imperiled by it

by Jennifer A Dlouhy and Ari Natter, Bloomberg

Democrats competed over who would best combat climate change during Wednesday’s debate, as they sought to show leadership on an issue of growing importance to the party’s base in a city on the front lines of the phenomenon.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee, who has made fighting climate change the centerpiece of his bid for the White House, framed seven minutes of sparring on the issue, warning: “We are the first generation to feel the sting of climate change and we are the last that can do something about it.”

Four of the 10 Democrats on stage invoked climate change as the greatest geopolitical threat, though two lumped it in with other concerns, China and nuclear proliferation. But on the debate stage, they struggled to outline clear strategies for attacking it.

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