What did Amy Klobuchar say at the CNN climate change town hall?

She continued to strike a moderate tone towards major issues.
Amy Klobuchar

Sen. Amy Klobuchar re-asserted her moderate credentials on Wednesday as she appeared with her fellow Democratic presidential candidates on a CNN town hall focused on climate change.

Ten leading candidates were invited to participate in the live broadcast, which saw Democratic supporters ask about what has become an increasing cause of concern amid rising global temperatures.

Despite many of her fellow Democrats saying that climate change is at such a precipitous it requires urgent and major change to environmental policy, Klobuchar continues to push what she believes is a more realistic approach.

Striking a different tone to the likes of Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, and even Kamala Harris, Klobuchar said "you have to be honest with people" about what could possibly be achieved, particularly in the event of a split Congress.

Klobuchar has previously confirmed that her first 100 days in office would see America re-join the Paris climate deal, restore the Obama-era Clean Power Plan, and reverse several Trump Administration policies, including the deregulation of vehicle fuel emission standards.

She rejected the notion of banning fracking – a stance taken by Sanders and Harris – instead saying she would review every fracking operation within 100 days of taking office to see which are too dangerous.

She also backs the continued use of natural gas as a transitional source of energy as the market shifts from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources. 

"I see natural gas as a transition fuel," she said. "It is better than oil but not nearly as good as wind and solar. I am being honest on what we need to do. We won't immediately get rid of it."

However, Klobuchar does plan to set the U.S. on track to becoming carbon neutral by 2050, noting climate change is a "monumental crisis" that is "happening right now."

Rather than pushing for the nationalization of U.S. energy production, which is backed by Bernie Sanders, Klobuchar wants instead to incentivize private companies to deploy clean energy sources, alongside a $1 trillion package to invest in green jobs and infrastructure.

That said, she did agree with some of her colleagues about introducing some form of carbon tax, albeit didn't reveal how she'd structure such a plan other than saying it shouldn't have a "regressive impact" on Americans.

She also said it would be contingent on the situation in Congress.

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Regarding concerns about the significant carbon footprint created in the beef and dairy industries, Klobuchar pledged to "work with" rather than "take on" farmers, saying farmers should be part of the solution.

Per the New York Times, Klobuchar said financial incentives could encourage them to plant "cover crops" and switch to practices requiring less water.

While she is not one of the front-runners in the race, Klobuchar did win over a new fan in the form of "Family Guy" creator Seth Macfarlane.

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