Democrats will host the first presidential debate on the issue of climate change in the United States on Sept. 26, a senior administration official told The Hill.
The announcement came as a new report found that climate change is not a “gateway” to higher risks for human health and the environment.
“While there are no guarantees, there are some clear indicators of rising sea levels, rising sea temperatures, and more extreme weather events, which in turn pose a risk to the health of Americans,” said White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough.
The officials noted that in the next few weeks, more than 4,000 members of Congress will gather in Washington, D.C., to host the annual Congressional Climate March.
The White House said it has reached out to the Republican National Committee to see if they would be interested in hosting the first debate.
The event would feature several presidential candidates, including Vice President Mike Pence, former Massachusetts Gov.
Deval Patrick, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, and former New Jersey Gov.
The Republican National Committeeman said he would be in attendance, along with his wife and two sons.
“We’ve all been impacted by climate change, and we are not immune to it,” McDonow said.
“The United States is the only advanced country on Earth that is not moving toward a clean energy future.
We are now moving toward one that is moving toward the future of fossil fuels, which is destroying the environment.”
He said the climate march is important because the march is “the only thing we have been able to get behind, to stop the clock, and prevent further climate damage.”
He also said the march has a powerful message: “We are not alone.
We’re not alone in our suffering, our loss of livelihood, our pain, our suffering and our destruction of life.
We need to get together and say: Enough is enough.”
The Trump administration has made the fight against climate change a priority and is rolling out new policies to address the issue.
The president announced in April that the U.S. would leave the Paris Agreement, which aims to curb greenhouse gas emissions in an effort to limit the effects of climate disruption.
“I don’t think there’s ever been a better time to be talking about climate change than right now,” Trump said at the time.