Three Clean Energy Innovation Policy Debate Questions for the Presidential Debates

Climate change has been M.I.A. in the presidential campaign. So in an effort to advance climate policy as a campaign priority, Daniel Weiss at the Center for American Progress Action Fund offers three potential climate policy questions for this Wednesday’s presidential debate on the economy. But we don’t think the questions move the overall climate policy debate much at all. For instance, haggling over which candidate believes in climate change more isn’t going to accomplish much (the ultimate result of Weiss’s question #1). Further, Weiss’s questions don’t push the candidates hard enough on how we’re going to innovate viable low-carbon energy options for consumers and businesses, something a large majority of the public supports and is the fundamental way to address climate change. Instead, ITIF has three debate questions of its own.