The Weather Channel, which is mostly known for its straightforward reporting on weather across the U.S., is tackling climate change by hosting its first-ever political debate on the issue next month according to the Associated Press.
Rather than imitate CNN’s seven hour-long climate town hall that aired in September, The Weather Channel will devote one hour on Nov. 7 to the issue and will limit the number of candidates to the top seven Democrats running for president based on polls–Sens. Bernie Sanders (Vt.), Kamala Harris (Calif.), Elizabeth Warren (Mass.), and Cory Booker (N.J.), plus Beto O’Rourke and Pete Buttigieg. Joe Biden was invited but unavailable due to scheduling conflicts. For the GOP, Bill Weld, Joe Walsh, and Mark Sanford will be interviewed. President Donald Trump, a critic of the climate change agenda, declined an invitation to participate.
The candidates will be interviewed at various sites that the Weather Channel deems will illustrate the impact on climate change with Sanders speaking at the site of a California wildfire and Harris in a flood-prone area along the Mississippi river according to the AP.