Cory Booker: ‘Climate Change Must be the Lens Through Which We View Everything’

By Staff | August 22, 2019 | 12:51pm EDT
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( - Sen. Cory Booker (D.-N.J.) sent out a Tweet today saying that climate change is an “existential crisis” and “must be the lens through which we view everything.”

“Climate change must be the lens through which we view everything—it’s the existential crisis of our lifetime and the only way we’re going to deal with this threat is if the United States leads,” Booker said in his Tweet.

The Tweet also featured a video clip from Booker discussing climate change in the Democratic presidential primary debate broadcast by CNN on July 31.

“First of all, this problem didn't start yesterday,” Booker says in that clip from the debate. “Science didn't become a reality yesterday. This has been going on for years. There was another president that would not join an international accord. Then it was the Kyoto accords. I was mayor then.


“And I stood up in national leadership joining with other mayors to say climate change is not a separate issue. It must be the issue and the lens with which we view every issue,” Booker said.

“Nobody should get applause for rejoining the Paris climate accords. That is kindergarten,” he said. “We have to go to far advances and make sure that everything from our trade deals, everything from the billions of dollars we spend to foreign aid, everything must be sublimated to the challenge and the crisis that is existential, which is dealing with the climate threat.

“And, yes, the majority of this problem is outside the United States, but the only way we're going to deal with this is if the United States leads,” Booker said in the CNN debate.



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