Bernie Sanders and Michelle Obama’s remarks revealed how the coronavirus pandemic, the economic downturn, vast inequality and threats to a fair election from the US’s most controversial president in history could drown out the climate crisis at the Democratic convention.
Climate is always a top tier issue for Sanders, who pledged the most ambitious goals of any Democratic contender. Yet it was only a brief mention in his speech tonight.
“We are facing the worst public health crisis in 100 years and the worst economic collapse since the Great Depression. We are confronting systemic racism and the enormous threat to our planet of climate change,” Sanders said. “And in the midst of all of this we have a president who is not only incapable of addressing these crises but is leading us down the path of authoritarianism.”
Rattling out a list of Biden campaign promises, from paid family leave to universal pre-K, Sanders said Biden would also invest in crumbling infrastructure and fight climate change by transitioning the US to 100% clean electricity in the next 15 years, creating millions of jobs.
Obama mentioned climate in a list of ways the US used to work with other countries.
Biden’s climate plan – widely endorsed by advocacy groups – is likely to fall to the background of the event.
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