Weather Channel to Host Its Own Climate Forum with Presidential Candidates

By Dino Grandoni.

First it was CNN. Then MSNBC. Now even the Weather Channel wants to ask presidential candidates about climate change.

The weather news network — better known for tracking hurricanes than following political campaigns — is set to air an hour-long prime-time special of interviews with nine 2020 White House hopefuls focused on how to tackle the causes and effects of global warming.

The special, planned for Nov. 7, is yet another sign that the issue of global warming is getting more media attention than in past presidential election cycles. And it’s a win for climate activists — though they say it is still not getting coverage commensurate with the threat it poses to the world.

Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.), two of the top-polling candidates in the Democratic field, will participate. So will other Democrats, including South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke and Sens. Kamala D. Harris (Calif.) and Cory Booker (N.J.). And three long-shot contenders for the GOP nomination against President Trump — former Illinois Rep. Joe Walsh, ex-South Carolina governor Mark Sanford and and former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld — also will be interviewed.