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2020 Democrats Eschew Climate Change For ‘Crisis,’ ‘Chaos’ In Debate

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Michael Bastasch Energy Editor

Democratic presidential candidates eschewed using the term climate change for more alarming phrases, like “climate chaos,” during Thursday night’s primary debate.

“Well, first of all, I don’t even call it climate change, it’s a climate crisis,” Democratic California Sen. Kamala Harris said the debate.

“It represents and existential threat to us as a species,” Harris said. “And the fact that we have a president of the United States who has embraced science fiction over science fact will be to our collective peril.”

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Candidates debate during the second night of the first U.S. 2020 presidential election Democratic candidates debate in Miami, Florida, U.S.

Senator Bernie Sanders speaks as former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Kamala Harris listen during the second night of the first Democratic presidential candidates debate in Miami, Florida, U.S. June 27, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Segar.

Democratic California Rep. Eric Swalwell used the phrase “climate chaos” in his closing debate remarks, echoing language used by environmental activists pushing for aggressive global warming policies.

“This is the generation that will end climate chaos.” Swalwell said. (RELATED: Democrats Dodged An Important Question: Who Pays For Trillion-Dollar Climate Change Plans?)

Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ campaign tweeted out during the debate that “we must combat our climate crisis and take on the fossil fuel industry.” Sanders, who also partook in the debate, supports the Green New Deal, which calls for a massive government takeover to “green” the economy.

Scientists use climate change or global warming to describe human impacts on global average temperature, not activist talking points. Despite this, two major media outlets changed their editorial policies this year to use “emergency” or “crisis” instead of climate change.

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