After listing a litany of climate change impacts, Oregon Senator Jeff Merkeley asked Wheeler to rate how concerned he is about climate change on a scale of 1-10 with 10 being so worried it keeps you up at night. Wheeler’s response: “8 or 9.”
“Do you agree that climate change is a global crisis that must be addressed in an aggressive way?” Sanders asked after describing findings in last year’s landmark Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report.After trying to obfuscate, Sanders pressed Wheeler to answer the question directly.
“I would not call it the greatest crisis, no sir,” he said. “I believe it is a huge issue that has to be addressed globally.”