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Williamson Rejects Climate Debate Idea At PFAS Talk In Merrimack

Annie Ropeik for NHPR

Democratic presidential candidate Marianne Williamson says she won't support growing calls for a special debate on climate change.

Williamson, an author and public speaker, talked to around 25 Merrimack residents Wednesday about PFAS chemical contamination. She says their drinking water concerns are tied to larger issues with the effects of corporate money on politics.

Williamson argues a debate focused just on climate change would ignore too many other problems – like child poverty, a priority of hers.

"I don't think that the technical expertise of the candidate on this issue is as important as the moral commitment of the candidate to make sure that the expertise is operational,” she says.

The Democratic National Committee has so far rejected the climate debate idea, originally from Washington Gov. Jay Inslee. He’s also running for the party's presidential nomination on a climate-focused platform.

At least a dozen other candidates, including former Vice President Joe Biden, have backed the climate debate proposal.

The first Democratic debates are scheduled for next week.

Annie has covered the environment, energy, climate change and the Seacoast region for NHPR since 2017. She leads the newsroom's climate reporting project, By Degrees.
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