By Olivia Rosane, EcoWatch, August 2019

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) will not let 2020 primary candidates share the stage in a debate devoted to the climate crisis, the party voted Saturday during its summer meeting in San Francisco.

The DNC resolutions committee had already voted against holding a party-sanctioned debate on the topic Thursday, but it did approve language that would have allowed candidates to speak face-to-face on the issue at a third-party sponsored event.

That compromise was voted down 222-137 Saturday, CNN reported. CNN and MSNBC both plan to hold climate forums in September, but the candidates will have to speak separately and will not be able to engage each other.

'This decision is as baffling as it is alarming, candidate and former Texas Representative Beto O'Rourke tweeted of the decision. Our planet is burning—the least we can do as a party is debate what to do about it.' Click To Tweet

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