July 7th, 2007
01:31 PM ET
12 years ago

Democratic candidates address climate change in virtual forum

(CNN)- The Live Earth concerts across the globe on Saturday were not the only realm where the issue of climate change was being addressed. The Democratic presidential candidates all participated in a "virtual" town hall meeting sponsored by the group MoveOn.

According to the group, the candidates took questions from members in advance, and their answers were sent to over 1,300 house parties that were to take place on Saturday. Partygoers would watch the Live Earth concerts after watching the candidates answer questions, MoveOn said.

"What I've proposed and will be detailing in the next several weeks is a system in which you have a cap and trade system that also auctions off the permits," said Illinois Senator Barack Obama, "so that we are getting the sorts of investment in creating a market for clean technologies but we're also generating billions of dollars each and every year that we can devote to the sort of Apollo Project or Manhattan Project on clean energy."

Bill Richardson said he would create a separate agency in his administration to deal with the issue. "I would create within the White House a cabinet level agency and a prestige individual to head it up," the New Mexico governor said. "But it would be run by me, the President, because I believe it's going to require presidential leadership to get it through the Congress."

Members were asked to go online after listening to the candidates and vote for the best plan. MoveOn said the results would be released on Wednesday, July 11.

- CNN Political Desk Editor Jamie Crawford

Filed under: Race to '08
soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Stephen

    cap and trade would be the best method to deal with the issue. Its a win-win for both sides and its a market based approach so the market determines the price, its not a perfect system but its best way to regulate.

    July 7, 2007 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  2. LeftyLosey

    Its a great investment opportunity. Just have to know which stocks to buy.

    July 7, 2007 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  3. ReadBtwthlins

    Meanwhile.., back in reality, scientist discover ancient aspen forests under miles of Greenland's glaciers..

    July 7, 2007 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  4. Tom Z, FL

    What a concept! Green trees in Greenland...

    July 8, 2007 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  5. Carl, Dallas, Texas

    Didn't research reports come out this past weekend that stated 1) Greenland used to have pine trees and animals,

    2) the Vikings had settlements there until the ice caps and glaciers expanded and destroyed their own settlement (well most should know that it was in your history books), and

    3) the average temperature of the earth has not altered over the past 8 years... thus showing that global warming is not occurring.

    I don't mind people having theories pro/against this issue and debate about it, but the main fact is this planet will figure out a way to survive even if we mess around with it a tad too much....

    Now if we can find ways to improve how we use fuel and such, I'm 100 percent for that.

    July 8, 2007 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  6. Ann Brunswick ME

    The climate has been changing since the beginning of time. But I'll bet this is the first time people have beat their chests claiming they can save the world. LOL

    July 9, 2007 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  7. Rick, Chicago Illinois

    Ann Brunswick ME ... then why even try to make a positive difference at all? Ever?

    Why even TRY to prevent a potentially preventable disaster because, using your logic, if this disaster was unpreventable then you could not have prevented it right? Nice logic there!

    Sooner or later the sun is probably going to explode, but that doesn't mean you don't wear sunscreen at the beach does it?

    Thanks for giving the ignorant and lazy another reason to remain that way! After all, global warming is fun and FUNNY right? Just ask the indigenous people in Alaska. They think it's one big party!

    July 10, 2007 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |