Presidential candidates cool to climate change

Iowa leaders are calling for them to sign petition

DES MOINES -- Iowans are declaring war on climate change.  But so far, presidential candidates aren't quite as passionate about it.

Some of Iowa's top leaders, including many state legislators and Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie, are asking presidential candidates to sign a pledge that's already been signed by hundreds of iowans.

It asks for net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2025.  At a rally on Thursday, they asked for candidates campaigning in Iowa to do the same.

"This is not an issue, it's a crisis," said Ed Fallon, a climate change activist. "When you come home at night and you see you've got a broken leg on your chair and there's a painting hanging off the wall crooked and the refrigerator is leaking and you notice your waste basket is on fire.  Three of those are issues.  One of those is a crisis. That's what climate change is, it is a crisis. And we've got to be concerned about the other issues, for sure, but we have to treat this like the crisis it is."

 Although many of the presidential candidates on the Democratic and Republican sides are talking about the threat of climate change, so far none of them have committed to a more restrictive "net-zero emissions economy" across all industry sectors.


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