HEADLINES Published January19, 2016 By Beatrice Asuncion

Democratic Candidates Talk about Climate Change in Recent Debate

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The upcoming U.S. presidential elections is still eleven months away however there is no denying that the campaigning and the debates are already in full swing. Just last weekend, the democratic party conducted yet another debate which was participated by Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton and Martin O' Malley. The event focused on several pressing issues including poverty, gun control and health care. Amongst the most controversial topic of discussion during the debate however is climate change.

A team scientists from Youtube's MinuteEarth channel posed a question to the candidates regarding their stance on climate change. The query touched on the concern over urging Americans to view climate change as an urgent matter that needs solutions.

Bernie Sanders was quick to explain how young people are already very much aware of the problem at hand. According to the Vermont Senator, there is no longer a debate on whether or not climate change is real. It is and it is time that the U.S. government together with the American people start doing something to combat its effects.

"I'm on both the Environmental and Energy Committees. The debate is over. Climate change is real. It is already causing major problems. And if we do not act boldly and decisively, a bad situation will become worse" explained Senator Bernie Sanders.

Former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley, furthered Bernie's sentiments, claiming that the democratic party is a party that actually believes in science. He subsequently claimed that he already has a plan to move the country towards 100% clean energy by 2050.

"I would like to challenge and invite my colleagues here on this stage to join me in putting forward a plan to move us to a 100 percent clean, electric energy grid by 2050. It can be done" quipped O' Malley when asked about the issue on climate change. 

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