Jul 15, 2019

The climate forum fallout from The New Republic's Buttigieg fiasco

The New Republic will no longer co-host a climate forum for Democratic presidential hopefuls following criticism over a now-retracted article attacking Pete Buttigieg.

The big picture: It's a stumble for efforts to deepen the election-cycle discussion of global warming.

Driving the news: Gizmodo said Saturday that TNR is withdrawing from the Sept. 23 event the 2 outlets co-planned, but that the forum will still happen and they're "seeking additional media partners."

  • "This incident was entirely inconsistent with our values as journalists and with the inclusive atmosphere we intend to foster at the event," Maddie Stone, managing editor of Gizmodo's Earther site, wrote in a statement.
  • Several environmental groups also pulled sponsorship for the event after the TNR story. It's unclear if any groups will reconsider now that TNR is out.

Catch up fast: The TNR article by openly gay literary critic Dale Peck described Buttigieg as "the gay equivalent of Uncle Tom" and referred to the South Bend, Indiana, mayor as "Mary Pete" throughout, per NBC News.

  • It attracted intense backlash Friday, and TNR yanked it Saturday and apologized.

This is one of at least two climate forums — events where hopefuls appear sequentially but aren't onstage together — organized thus far.

  • A Georgetown University politics institute and the news service Our Daily Planet are hosting a forum Sept. 17–18.
  • The DNC has rebuffed calls to schedule or sanction a formal primary debate on climate.

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Climate change's partial 2020 breakthrough

Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

The climate plans and views of 2020 White House hopefuls will soon get much more TV coverage — but not yet the way that many activists want.

Driving the news: CNN announced yesterday that it's holding a candidate forum "focused on the climate crisis" on Sept. 4 in New York. And MSNBC said it will be the media partner for a Sept. 19–20 candidates event on climate in D.C., hosted by a Georgetown University policy institute and the news site Our Daily Planet.

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Pressure grows around U.N. climate-change summit

Young people and Big Oil executives will join world leaders in September for the most high-profile summit on climate change since the 2015 UN conference that led to the Paris Agreement.

Why it matters: The New York event is aimed at encouraging countries to increase their pledges to the Paris deal, in the face of rising global carbon emissions, falling investment in renewable energy and an American president who denies there’s a problem at all.

Go deeperArrowJul 27, 2019

Climate change arrives in Democratic politics

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Global warming has burst into national politics as major Democratic 2020 hopefuls release aggressive plans and the party's voters prioritize the topic.

Where it stands: Several polls show climate change has broken through. This month, a CBS News survey found 78% of Democratic voters in early primary states call the topic "very important," putting it behind only health care.

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