STEYER ON CLIMATE CRISIS & JOBS: 2020 presidential candidate


>> EXCITED TO SEE EVERYONE HERE TODAY. I’M A SOCIAL WORKER HERE IN NEVADA AND RENO. I DO A LOT OF DIFFERENT COMMUNITY WORK. SO TODAY I’M EXCITED TO HAVE YOU JOIN US AND I THINK THESE ARE IMPORTANT. I’M GOING TO GO AHEAD AND SWROUF O — INTRODUCE OUR GUESTS. TOM DESIRE BUILT A SUCCESSFUL GLOBAL BUSINESS FROM SCRATCH AND SINCE THEN HAS FLEPLEDGED TO GI FOR OTHERS. PLEASE JOIN ME IN WELCOMING CANDIDATE TOM STIRE. OKAY. SO I KNOW A LOT OF FOLKS KNOW YOU FROM NEXT JEN, BUT COULD YOU TELL US WHY YOU DECIDED TO JUM IN THE RACE AND PUT YOUR HAT IN AND RUN.>> WELL I GUESS.>> I’M — I GUESS I’M — SO, I REALLY DECIDED TO RUN REALLY LATE. I HAVE BEEN IN THIS RACE FOR 2 1/2 MONTHS, SINCE SOMETHING LIKE JULY 10TH. THE REASON I DECIDED TO RUN IS I WAS VERY WORRIED WATCHING THE DEBATES THAT NO ONE WAS GOING TO TELL THE TRUTH ABOUT WHAT IS REALLY GOING ON. BECAUSE WHAT I WAS HEARING WERE VERY THOUGHTFUL POLICY DISCUSSIONS ABOUT WHICH IS THE BEST HEALTHCARE PLAN AND GROON NEW DEAL AND THE BEST EDUCATION PLAN. BUT WHAT I WASN’T HEARING WAS ANYBODY TALKING ABOUT HOW WE WERE GOING TO GET ANY OF THOSE PLANS. BECAUSE I SPENT TEN YEARS AS AN OUTSIDER IN POLITIC PUTTING TOGETHER TOGETHER COALITIONS. EVERY ISSUE, HEALTHCARE, GREEN NEW DEAL, EDUCATION. THERE’S A REASON THE GOVERNMENT IS FAILING. MY BASIC THESIS FOR RUNNING IS THE GOVERNMENT IS BROKEN AND BROKEN FOR A REASON. CORPORATIONS HAVE BOUGHT IT. THEY LIKE IT TO FAIL. ITS FAILURE IS THEIR SUCCESS. I FELT LIKE IF ALL WE’RE GOING TO DISCUSS IS THE DIFFERENCE HEALTHCARE PLANS WE CAN’T GET AND THE DIFFERENT GREEN NEW DEALS THAT WE CAN’T PASS, THAT CAN’T BE THE DISCUSSION IN AMERICA IN 2020. WE — I — ALL OF THE DISCUSSINGS WERE IMPORTANT, I HAVE OPINIONS ABOUT WHICH ONE IS BETTER AND I’M HAPPY TO SHARE THEM. THE REAL QUESTION IS HOW DO WE GET ANY OF THEM? I NEED TO RUN TO TELL THE TRUTH THAT THIS IS ABOUT HOW DO WE BREAK THE CORPORATE STRANGLEHOLD ON THE DEMOCRACY. HOW DO WE DEAL WITH CLIMATE REALTIME BECAUSE IT IS AN EMERGENCY. BECAUSE IF WE CAN DO THOSE TWO THINGS, ALL OF THE THINGS THAT WE WANT, THE OVERWHELMING NUMBER OF AMERICANS WANT HEALTHCARE AS A RIGHT. THE OVERWHELMING NUMBER OF AMERICANS WANT EDUCATION SYSTEM FROM PREK THROUGH COLLEGE THAT OUR 0 CHILDREN NEED. WE WANT A LIVING WAGE. WORK ONE JOB. WE WANT CLEAN AIR AND CLEAN WATER. GET IS HOW ARE WE GOING TO GET THEM? I’M SAYING, IF WE COULD DO THOSE TWO THINGS WE COULD GET THEM ALL. I’M HAPPY TO ARGUE ABOUT HOW THEY SHOULD BE CONFIGURED. IT IS IMPORTANT. REALLY THE QUESTION IS CAN THIS GOVERNMENT START TO SERVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AGAIN INSTEAD OF THE CORPORATIONS. IF IT SERVES THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, WE’RE CAPABLE TO DELIVER THE SERVICES GUARANTEED TO EVERY AMERICAN AND HAVE THAT BE THE FLOOR OF EXISTENCE HERE. IF WE DO THAT THAT WILL BE FREEDOM. YOU KNOW, I ALWAYS SAY TO PEOPLE, IF YOUR KID IS SICK AND YOU CAN’T AFFORD TO GO TO THE DOCTOR, THAT’S NOT BEING FREE. SO, WE NEED TO GET TO A PLACE WHERE THAT FOUNDATION OF RIGHTS IN THE 21st CENTURY IS AVAILABLE TO EVERY AMERICAN. WE CAN DO THAT. WE GOT TO UNDERSTAND WHAT IS IN OUR WAY. WE GOT TO NAME IT AND THEN OVERCOME IT. THAT’S WHY I’M RUNNING IS TO SAY LET’S FACE OUR PROBLEMS. WE’RE NOT A FAILED SOCIETY. WE HAVE A FAILED GOVERNMENT. LET’S FIX THE GOVERNMENT AND OUR PROBLEMS AND WE’RE GOING TO BE IN THE BEST SHAPE OF ANY PEOPLE IN THE HISTORY OF THIS PLANET.>> WELL, I THINK ALL OF THAT START WITH HAVING THESE SMALL GROUP DISCUSSIONS. I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR JOINING US HERE TODAY.>> THIS IS WHAT I LOVE TO DO. I’VE BEEN DOING THIS FULL-TIME FOR — FOR SEVEN YEARS. JUST TRAVELING AROUND THE COUNTRY AND TALKING TO PEOPLE AND ASKING THEM WHAT THEIR REALITY IS SO I CAN UNDERSTAND IT AND BE SMARTER. THAT’S REALLY WHAT I’M HOPING TO LEARN TODAY IS FROM YOU GUYS WHAT YOU’RE SEEING AND CARE ABOUT SO I CAN BE SMARTER GOING FORWARD AND DO A BETTER JOB OF REPRESENTING YOU.>> I’M GOING TO LET THEM ASK QUESTIONS.>> THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE. I’M HEALTHCARE ADVOCATE. I HAD MS SINCE 1999, SO I DID A LOT OF WORK BRINGING UP CHALLENGES THAT PEOPLE WITH CHRONIC ILLNESS FACE. WE’RE NO LONGER CHALLENGED IN THE CURRENT SYSTEM. EVERY FAMILY AND WE CAN’T TALK ABOUT THE ECONOMY WITHOUT TALKING ABOUT THE FINANCIAL FEAR THAT MOST FAMILIES HAVE OF A MEMBER OF THEIR — OF THEIR CHILD, A SPOUSE BECOMING ILL AND NOT BEING ABLE TO AFFORD THEIR CARE AND ESPECIALLY THEIR MEDICATION. SO IN LIGHT OF EVERYTHING THAT YOU SAID ABOUT OUR BROKEN SYSTEM, I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU ABOUT — ABOUT THE PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY BECAUSE WE HAVE HAD A LOT OF TALK ABOUT TRANSPARENCY. WE HAD A LOT OF TALK ABOUT ATTEMPTING TO HAVE SMALL NEGOTIATIONS AROUND THE FRINGES. BUT THE TRUTH IS THAT THE MORE I HAD TO STUDY THIS, RIGHT FROM MY OWN MOBILITY AND SURVIVAL AND THE PEOPLE I ADVOCATE FOR I REALIZED THAT WE HAVE A LEGISLATIVELY ENABLED RACQUET THAT — THAT PATIENTS ARE — ARE BASICALLY BEING EXTORTED FOR MEDICATION THAT IS THEY NEED TO LIVE. IT IS NOT A FREE MARKET. I DON’T HAVE A CHOICE IF I’M GOING TO TAKE MY DISEASE MODIFYING THERAPY FOR MARC S OR NOT. IF I WANT TO KEEP TALKING AND WALKING. AND NEITHER DO DIABETICS ABOUT THEIR INSULIN. PROGRAMS HAVE TO PAY FOR THESE THINGS. I LOVE TO HEAR YOUR THOUGHTS ABOUT GOING BACKWARDS AND LOOKING AT ALL OF OUR LAWS AND REGULATIONS AND FIXING THE SYSTEM BECAUSE RIGHT NOW IT REALLY IS — IS EX-TORINGARY IN THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND THE AMERICAN TREASURY ARE HOSTAGE.>> THAT’S A GREAT GOOD SUMMARY. IT REALLY. IT IS — IT IS — AND WHAT — THE CONCLUSION THAT YOU CAME TO, VIVIAN, IS EXACTLY THE CONCLUSION THAT I WAS TRYING TO PUT FORWARD WHICH IS THERE’S A REASON THAT THIS SYSTEM IS BROKEN. pTHE CORPORATIONS HAVE BE GOVERNMENT. AND SO THE GOVERNMENT ISN’T TRYING TO SERVE YOU, THEY’RE ACTUALLY ENABLING THESE CORPORATIONS TO MAKE AS MUCH MONEY AS THEY POSSIBLY CAN. AND THIS IS NO WAY TO LOOK AT THIS SYSTEM WITHOUT ALSO LOOKING HOW OTHER COUNTRIES DO IT. FOR INSTANCE YOU MENTIONED INSULIN. INSULIN WAS INVENTED IN 1930. THERE’S 25 MILLION DIABETICS IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. WE PAY TEN TIMES AS MUCH FOR INSULIN AS PEOPLE IN CANADA. IT IS THE SAME DRUG. IT IS NOT UNPACKAGED. THEY DEVELOP A DRUG AND GET SEVEN YEARS WHERE THEY HAVE AN EXCLUSIVE RIGHT TO SELL IT BUT AFTER THAT, GENERIC DRUG LAKERS CAN MAKE IT AND THERE HAVE THE PRICE SHOULD GO DOWN A TON. IN THE CASE OF INSULIN THIS HAPPENED LITERALLY 90 YEARS AGO SO WHY WOULD THAT HAPPEN. THEY PASSED A LAW SAYING IT IS ILLEGAL TO DRIVE TO CANADA TO BUY YOUR INSULIN. WE’RE IN A SITUATION WHERE WE HAVE TO BE — BEAT THESE COMPANIES. THERE ARE A COUPLE OF DIFFERENT WAYS TO DO IT IN THIS CASE. ONE IS OTHER COUNTRIES NEGOTIATE AGAINST THESE COMPANIES. THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT DOESN’T. THEY’RE IN THE POCKETS OF THE COMPANIES. SO THEY — WE LITERALLY DON’T NEGOTIATE THE WAY EVERY OTHER COUNTRY IN THE WORLD DOES. WE PAY MULTIPLES FOR THE EXACT SAME DRUG. WE’RE NOT TALKING ABOUT COUNTRIES THAT ARE POORER. WE’RE TALKING ABOUT SWITZERLAND AND FRANCE AND GERMANY AND CANADA AND JAPAN, RICH RICH RICH COUNTRIES. HOW DO WE DEAL WITH DRUG COMPANIES? I’M IN FAVOR OF A — A PUBLIC OPTION WHERE YOU USE THE BUYING POWER OF THE AMERICAN GOVERNMENT TO RUTHALLESSLY NEGOTIATE THE PRICES DOWN. I NOTICED. THIS IS A LONGER ANSWER. I NOTICED ON JANUARY 2nd THE RAISED IN THE UNITED STATES.GOT- DID THE COST OF HUNDREDS OF DRUGS GO UP ON JANUARY 2nd SOMEHOW MAGICALLY OR DID THEY JUST WANT TO MAKE MORE MONEY AND IT IS THE FIRST DAY OF THE YEAR, SO THEY SAID LET’S MAKE MORE LOOT. THE SECOND THING IS I THINK THIS IS GOING ON IN EVERY INDUSTRY. THE DRUG INDUSTRY IS SO EGREGIOUS THAT EVERYBODY GETS IT. BUT THIS IS GOING ON, I MEAN I WAS TALKING ABOUT — IT IS NOT JUST HEALTHCARE. IT IS GOING ON. CLIMATE, WHY ARE WE NOT DEALING WITH A CLIMATE CRISIS? THE COMPANIES DON’T WANT US TO. I SUGGESTED USING THE FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSION TO GO AFTER THE DARK MONEY IN POLITICS, THE HIDDEN MONEY THAT IS USED TO SWY POLITICS ILLEGALLY AND THE ELECTION COMMISSION IS BASICALLY MORE. AND I SUGGESTED TERM LIMITS FOR THE PEOPLE IN CONGRESS AND SENATE. THE ABILITY TO HAVE A NATIONAL REFERENDUM, SO IF SOMETHING IS REALLY WRONG AND WE ALL KNOW IT, BUT CONGRESS JUST WON’T DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT, LIKE MANDATORY BACKGROUND CHECKS ON EVERY GUN PURCHASE. WE CAN PASS THE LAW THE WAY YOU CAN IN NEVADA. GET — MAKE SURE IT IS EASY TO VOTE. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT IS GOING ON HERE IS AN ATTEMPT TO PREVENT PEOPLE FROM VOTING WHO WOULD BE PROGRESSIVE OR DEMOCRATIC, SPECIFICALLY AFRICAN-AMERICAN SUPPRESSION BUT ALSO TO MAKE IT EASY TO VOTE THE WAY PEOPLE IN NEVADA HAVE DONE IN 2019. AND LASTLY TO GET RID OF THE IDEA THAT CORPORATIONS ARE PEOPLE. THE DRUG COMPANIES ARE DEFINITELY NOT PEOPLE. THEY — THEY SHOULDN’T BE TREATED LIKE PEOPLE IN OUR SOCIETY. THEY SHOULDN’T ARE THE POLITICAL RIGHTS OF PEOPLE BECAUSE THEY’RE NOT PEOPLE. THEY’RE REALLY IS A QUESTION HERE ACROSS THE BOARD OF WHO ARE THESE ELECTED OFFICIALS REPRESENTING? IS IT THE CORPORATIONS AND THEIR PROFITS OR THE PEOPLE SITTING IN THE ROOM? THE ANSWER IS IT IS NOT THE PEOPLE SITTING IN THE ROOM. THAT’S WHY PEOPLE ARE PAYING SO MUCH FOR HEALTHCARE. NOT JUST THE DRUG COSTS, THAT’STHAT’S THE MOST EGREGIOUS. YOU CARRY IT ACROSS THE COUNTRY. PRETTY MUCH ACROSS THE BOARD.>> I WANT TO PUT ANOTHER THOUGHT IN YOUR HEAD. WE WORKED SO HARD TO INCREASE THE COVERAGE FOR EVERYONE TO SOME KIND OF HEALTHCARE. BUT AT THE SAME TIME, ACCESSING THAT HEALTHCARE EVEN FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE COVERED, FIRST OF ALL FINANIALLY AND WHAT THE PERCENTAGE OF ANYONE’S INCOME THAT YOU HAVE TO PAY TO KEEP THAT COVERAGE, BUT ALSO IN THE BARRIERS THAT THE HEALTHCARE COMPANIES ARE PLACING ON PEOPLE FOR EXAMPLE LIKE ME ON COVERAGE. THEY’LL COVER MY DRUG BUT NOT THE INFUSION WHICH IS THE ONLY WAY I COULD GET THE DRUG IN MY BODY. I’LL PASS IT ON. NOW LYNETTE, DO YOU HAVE A QUESTION?>> HI. NICE TO SEE YOU.>> NICE FOR YOU TOO.>> I GO TO SPARKS HIGH SCHOOL. I THINK CLIMATE CHANGE IS VERY IMPORTANT. IF YOU’RE PRESIDENT, WHAT IS YOUR FIRST ACTION OF CLIMATE CHANGE?>> SO CHRISTIAN AND I JUST REALIZED WE HAD A SHORT DISCUSSION ABOUT THIS BY CHANCE YESTERDAY. SO I KNOW HE REALLY CARES ABOUT THIS ISSUE. WHAT I’VE SAID IS, THAT I WOULD DECLARE A STATE OF EMERGENCY ON CLIMATE ON DAY ONE OF MY PRESIDENCY. THAT I WOULD MAKE IT PRIORITY ONE, THAT I WOULD USE — I WOULD ASK CONGRESS IN THE FIRST 100 DAYS TO PASS SOME VERSION OF THE GREEN NEW DEAL. BUT I WOULD MAKE IT PRIORITY ONE AND START ACTING ON IT ON THE FIRST DAY. THERE’S THREE THINGS I WOULD DO. SECOND OF ALL, I’M AWARE THAT THE WAY THAT POLLUTION IS CENTERED IN THE UNITED STATES IS ON SPECIFIC COMMUNITIES WHICH IS LOW INCOME COMMUNITIES AND BLACK AND BROWN COMMUNITIES. EVERYTHING I’VE DONE ON CLIMATE I TRIED TO START IN THOSE COMMUNITIES FROM A POSITION OF ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE TO MAKE SURE THAT THE IMPACTS OF THE POLICIES ARE FAIR AND TO MAKE SURE THAT THE PEOPLE FROM THOSE COMMUNITIES ARE LEADING IN THE POLICY DISCUSSIONS AND THAT — WHAT THEY HAVE TO SAY IS FRONT AND CENTER. THAT’S — THAT’S — IN MY MIND, ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL FOR A JUSTICE-BASED CLIMATE POLICY. THAT’S MY SECOND POINT ON DAY ONE. AND THE THIRD THING IS THIS. WE ALL KNOW THAT THIS IS A GLOBAL PROBLEM. WE KNOW THIS IS A PROBLEM THAT THE UNITED STATES CANNOT SOLVE BY ITSELF. SO THIS IS GOING TO HAVE TO BE FROM DAY ONE THE LEADING POINT WE MAKE ABOUT — ABOUT OUR INTERNATIONAL FOREIGN POLICY. WE CAN’T SOLVE THIS BY OURSELVES. MR. TRUMP’S FOREIGN POLICY IS BASICALLY TO SAY WE HAVE NO FRIENDS, WE HAVE NO ALLIES, WE HAVE NO COALITIONS, WE HAVE NO SHARED VALUES, WE’RE SIMPLY IN COMPETITION WITH EVERY OTHER COUNTRY IN THE WORLD. THEY’RE ALL IN EFFECT SOMEWHERE BETWEEN COMPETITORS AND ENEMIES. THAT — WITH THAT ATTITUDE, WE CAN’T EVER SOLVE THE CLIMATE CRISIS.>> WE HAVE TO USE THIS AS AN DOW OPPORTUNITY TO REBUILD OUR RELATIONSHIPS AND TO REMIND OURSELVES THAT IT IS GOING TO TAKE AMERICAN LEADERSHIP AS PART OF A COALITION OF LIKE MINDED COUNTRIES, SOME OF WHICH WE’LL DISAGREE WITH ABOUT OTHER THINGS BUT THIS IS A PROBLEM FOR US TO SOLVE TOGETHER AS A WORLD OR WE WON’T SOLVE IT. SO CHRISTIAN I PROMISE, I UNDERSTAND THE THREAT OF THIS. BUT I ALSO KNOW AND LONNY AND TALKED ABOUT THIS AND WE CAN CLEAN UP THE AIR AND WATER AT THE SAME TIME. THAT’S ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT THAT WE DO THAT. THAT’S A PLACE WHERE THERE’S de FACTO DISCRIMINATION IN THE UNITED STATES WHERE THE — YOU KNOW, I ALWAYS SAY, WHO LIVES IN FLINT, MICHIGAN? WHO LIVES IN NEWARK, NEW JERSEY? TAKE A LOOK AT WHERE THE WATER MAKES THEM SICK. TAKE A LOOK AT ASTHMA AND SPECIFIC COMMUNITIES. WE HAVE TO SOLVE THIS BROAD GLOBAL PROBLEM THAT WE’RE ALSO BEING FAIR JUSTICE MINDED PEOPLE AT HOME, TO MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE UNDERSTAND THAT — THAT OUR HEARTS ARE IN THE RIGHT PLACE AND OUR HEARTS ARE IN THE RIGHT PLACE.>> WE ALL WANT TO SEE MORE NEW GREEN JOBS. IS THERE A WAY TO — TO HAVE THAT TRANSITION AND HAVE THOSE JOBS BE LIKE GOOD JOBS, GOOD, WELL PAYING JOBS WITH HEALTH BENEFITS.>> THE SHORT ANSWER IS YES. LET ME SAY THIS, UH-HUH.>> IN THE ENTIRE TIME THAT I’VE BEEN ORGANIZING IN POLITICS OVER THE LAST TEN YEARS, I TRIED TO MAKE SURE FROM THE VERY FIRST DAY THAT I’M LINED WITH ORGANIZED LABOR. WHEN I CAME TO NEVADA THE DAY BE BEFORE-YARD I WENT TO THE STRIKE TO MAKE SURE I UNDERSTOOD WHAT WAS GOING ON AND TO MAKE SURE THEY UNDERSTOOD I WAS ON THEIR SIDE. WHEN WE THINK ABOUT THE JOBS WE’LL CREATE AND THE PLAN WE PUT FORWARD CREATES FOR OVER 4 1/2 MILLION DIRECT JOBS EVERY YEAR FOR AT LEAST TEN YEARS. THE KEY IS GOING TO BE TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY’RE ORGANIZATIONED, THAT THEY’RE WELL PAID AND THEY’RE DISTRIBUTED FAIRLY THROUGH THE COMMUNITIES AND WE TAKE CARE OF ANY WORKERS IN INDUSTRIES THAT MAY DECLINE. SO WE ALSO SET ASIDE 50 BILLION DOLLARS TO MAKE SLUR THAT IF YOU’RE ONE OF THE PEOPLE THROUGH NO FAULT OF YOUR OWN, WHOSE INDUSTRY IS GOING TO DECLINE THAT WE’RE KNOT GOING TO SOLVE THIS PROBLEM ON YOUR BACK. THE SAME I SAID, WE’RE GOING TO START DAY ONE BY GOING TO COMMUNITIES WHO HAVE BEEN SPECIFICALLY EFFECTED BY POLLUTION AND MAKE SURE THAT — THAT THEIR LEADERSHIP AND INFORMATION IS — IS CRITICAL AND — AND — IN DESIGNING THE POLICIES. WE DO FOR THE COMMUNITIES WHERE PEOPLE ARE, THROUGH NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN, IN DECLINING INDUSTRIES, WE’RE GOING TO MAKE SURE WE GO TO THEM AND ASK THEM HOW THEY WANT TO USE THAT MONEY AND HOW — HOW TO ACTUALLY MAKE SURE THAT THEY ARE — THEY ARE — THAT THEY’RE THE FIRST PEOPLE IN LINE FOR THE NEW JOBS. THESE SHOULD BE. IF YOU THINK ABOUT WHAT IT WOULD TAKE TO REBUILD AMERICA. THAT’S WHAT WE’RE REALLY TALKING ABOUT. REBUILD A SUSTAINABLE AMERICA. THAT’S A LOT OF GOOD PAYING JOBS. THAT’S A LOT OF PEOPLE DOING — YOU KNOW, GOING INTO BUILDINGS AND CHANGING THEM. REDOING THE ELECTRICAL SYSTEM OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. BUILDING A LOT OF NEW STUFF. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE ARE TAKEN CARE OF IN THIS. I DON’T — YOU KNOW, WE — WE — I THINK FROM AN OBJECTIVE STANDPOINT PEOPLE UNDERSTAND THAT THIS IS WHAT I’M SAYING IS TRUE THAT THIS WILL BE A JOB CREATOR ON MASSIVE SCALE, THAT THERE WILL BE GOOD PAYING JOBS. THE TWO THINGS THAT PEOPLE TALK ABOUT ARE HOW DO YOU TAKE CARE OF THE PEOPLE IN DECLINING INDUSTRIES. YOU’VE GOT TO DO THAT UP FRONT. IN — YOU’VE GOT TO DO IT UP FRONT. AND HONESTLY THE PROMISE OF GOVERNMENT AND THIS HAS BEEN PRETTY HOLLOW. AND THE SECOND THING IS WE’RE GOING TO HAVE TO DEAL WITH THE REPUBLICAN LIES. THEY’RE GOING TO SAY IT IS JOBS OR THE ENVIRONMENT. WHEREAS IN FACT WE KNOW FROM EVERY STUDY WE’VE DONE IT IS JOBS AND THE ENVIRONMENT. AND THAT INCLUDED IN THIS WE WILL CREATE ENERGY AT LOWER RATE THAN ANY FOSSIL FUEL.>> THANK YOU. ANOTHER QUESTION.>> DON GALLOWAY SR. HERE AND I JUST WANTED TO — TO — TO MENTION THAT — THAT — THAT THE CONSEQUENCE OF STAGNANT WAGES IS THAT — IS THAT FOUR OUT OF TEN PEOPLE CAN’T AFFORD EMERGENCY SERVICES, MEDICAL BILLS, 400 DOLLARS OR MORE. AND I JUST WANTED TO KNOW WHAT — WHAT YOU PLAN ON DOING ABOUT INCREASING THE POTENTIALLY INCREASING WAGES. I KNOW THAT — THAT — THAT REPARATIONS IS ONE OF MY BIG TOPICS. THAT’S MAINLY BECAUSE THE AFRICAN-AMERICANS HAD THEIR FARMS. THEY GOT THEIR — THEIR LAND. THEY HAD THEIR JOBS AND IT WAS ALL TAKEN AWAY AGAIN. I THINK THAT — I THINK THAT THIS IS TIME — THIS IS TIME TO PAY US — THEM BACK RIGHT NOW. THIS IS — THIS IS THE TIME THAT — THAT — THAT THAT WOULD HEAL THAT I CAN SEE. I ALMOST KNOW — THAT WOULD HEAL PART OF THAT COMMUNITY AND THAT WOULD BRING US CLOSER TO — TO A MORE PEACEFUL AMERICA.>> SO DON, THAT’S — DO YOU MIND IF I DO THOSE QUESTIONS SEPARATELY. THAT’S TWO QUESTIONS. CAN I DO FIRST THE ONE ABOUT EARNINGS AND SECOND ONE?>> SURE.>> SO LET’S TALK FOR ONE SECOND ABOUT STAGNANT WAGES. I’M SAYING THAT THE BASIC POINT ABOUT AMERICAN GOVERNMENT IS THAT CORPORATIONS OWN IT. AND ONE OF THE PROOFPOINTS TO THAT, FOR THAT TO ME IS THAT SINCE 1980, PROBABLY 80 PERCENT OF AMERICANS HAVE NOT HAD A RAISE ONCE YOU TAKE INTO ACCOUNT HEALTHCARE, INFLATION, RENT INFLATION, AND THE COST OF EDUCATION. SO — WHY WOULD THAT POSSIBLY. HOW COULD THAT POSSIBLY HAVE HAPPENED WHERE OVER TWO GENERATIONS WORKING PEOPLE IN AMERICA HAVE NOT HAD A RAISE. THE ANSWER IS, BECAUSE THERE HAS BEEN A SUCCESSFUL UNRELENTING CAMPAIGN TO BREAK THE RITZ OF WORKING PEOPLE IN THE MARKETPLACE. IT REALLY STARTED WITH BREAKING THE AIR-TRAFFIC CONTROLLER STRIKE BY MR. REAGAN AND THAT HAS BEEN AN UNRELENTING ATTEMPT TO PUT IN RIGHT — RIGHT — RIGHT — RIGHT TO WORK STATES, TAKE AWAY THE ABILITY TO NEGOTIATE, TAKE AWAY THE ABILITY TO ACCESS THE LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES TO SUE YOUR EMPLOYER. THERE’S BEEN A VERY SUCCESSFUL UNRELENTING CAMPAIGN AND THE RESULT HAS BEEN TWO FOLD. KEEP THE MONEY. BREAK THE ARMS AND LEGS OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY WHICH IS ORGANIZED LABOR. IN ORDER TO REVERSE THAT IS THIS ONE MAGIC BULLET? THERE ARE A LOT OF BULLETS BUT NONE IS A MAGIC BULLET. THE MINIMUM WAGE HASN’T KEPT UP SINCE 1970 OR EVEN CLOSE. I — HAVE I BEEN PART OF THE FIGHT FOR 15? SURE. IN PARTS OF THE UNITED STATES 15 DOLLARS AN HOUR IS NOT A LIVING WAGE. HAVE I PUSHED AGAINST ALL OF THE LAWS THAT HAVE BEEN ENACTED TO TRY — TO TRY TO PREVENT WORKERS FROM ORGANIZING? SURE. I MEAN, I ALWAYS SAY TO PEOPLE, WALK INTO — TO WALMART AND NEGOTIATE YOUR SALARY. GO AHEAD. SEE HOW THAT WORKS FOR YOU. YOU CAN’T DO IT. HOW CAN A PERSON NEGOTIATE AGAINST A MULTI-NATIONAL CORPORATION? IT CANNOT HAPPEN. SO I THINK — AM I IN FAVOR OF THE ALL OF THE THINGS WE CAN DO CAN TO — TO SUPPORT ORGANIZED LABOR SO THAT PEOPLE CAN HAVE — SOMEONE REPRESENTING THEM SO IT IS A MUCH MORE FAIR NEGOTIATION? YES, I AM. AM I IN FAVOR OF UNDOING THE LAWS LIKE RIGHT TO WORK LAWS? YES, I AM. I’M IN FAVOR OF INCREASING MINIMUM WAGE. YES, I AM. WHEN I WENT TO — TO — OPPOSED TO THE IDEAS ABOUT THE GIG ECONOMY, YES, I AM. IF YOU LOOK AND PEOPLE HEARD WHAT WAS GOING ON AT THE UAW AND WAS A PERFECT EXAMPLE OF LABOR RELATIONS IN THE UNITED STATES. GM WAS GOING BUST AND THE UAW WENT IN AND GAVE GIGANTIC CONCESSIONS TO KEEP THEM LIVE. THEY WANTED THEIR JOBS. THEY BASICALLY CAME IN AS PARTNERS AND TOOK A HUGE HIT IN ORDER FOR THE COMPANY TO BE ABLE TO SURVIVE THE RECESSION. 11 YEARS LATER, THE COMPANY IS MAKING BILLIONS, TENS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS, AND THEY — THEY BASICALLY ARE TRYING TO TREAT FULL-TIME EMPLOYER, EMPLOYEES AS TEMPS AND PAY THEM HALF AS MUCH. IT IS LIKE, ARE YOU KIDDING? THESE PEOPLE DID YOU THIS GIGANTIC FAVOR AS PARTNERS AND NOW YOU’RE TREATING THEM YOU KNOW IN A WAY THAT IS COMPLETELY AT BEST UNETHICAL. AND THAT’S ACTUALLY MY OPINION ABOUT — THAT’S WHY I WANTED TO GO TO THE STRIKE. THIS WHOLE THING ABOUT THE GIG ECONOMY, YOU HAVE FREEDOM TO WORK FOR NOTHING. THAT’S NOT A FREEDOM. THEY DID A STUDY OF WHAT UBER DRIVERS REALLY GET PAID. FIVE DOLLARS AND 50 CENTS AN HOUR. THEY HAD — THEY’RE — YOU KNOW SELF-EMPLOYED. IT IS LIKE THIS IS JUST AN ATTEMPT TO GET AROUND THE LAWS THAT WERE PUT IN TO PROTECT WORKERS FROM EMPLOYERS. AM I IN FAVOR? YES. I THINK IF WHAT HAS GONE ON, IF YOU LOOK AT THE FACT THAT THE WORKERS HAVEN’T HAD A RAISE FOR FOUR YEARS, THAT’S SO WRONG IT IS CRAZY. THE TAX LAWS TO REDUCE THE TAXES ON THE RICHEST PEOPLE AND CORPORATIONS, THAT’S CRAZY. THIS IS STUFF LIKE — THIS MAKES — NO SENSE IN OUR SOCIETY. IT IS NOT JUST, IT IS NOT DEMOCRATIC, IT IS NOT SUSTAINABLE. YOU KNOW, THIS IS NOT — THIS IS NOT — GOING TO — TO BECOME A BANANA REPUBLIC IS NOT SOMETHING WE SHOULD ASPIRE TO. IT ALSO DOESN’T WORK. PEOPLE DON’T PUT UP WITH THAT OVER TIME. IN — DOES THAT ANSWER YOUR QUESTION. IT IS AN ATTITUDE. MY ATTITUDE IS, I’M IN FAVOR OF THE WORKERS, THEY GOTTEN SCREWED. YOU HAVE TO PUSH. IT IS LIKE THE DRUG COMPANIES. YOU HAVE TO PUSH BACK EVERY DAY AND EVERY TIME THEY DO SOMETHING, LIKE, NO, I DON’T CARE WHAT YOU THINK, NO. YOU GOT TO BE RELENTLESS IN PUSHING. IN TERMS OF REPARATION, I’M FOR REPARATION. JUST SO YOU KNOW. THINK ABOUT THIS FOR ONE SECOND. 400 YEARS OF LEGALIZED DISCRIMINATION AND UNFAIRNESS. THE DEEPEST INJUSTICE. THERE’S NEVER BEEN AN APOLOGY. IT IS AMAZING. I KNOW. I’M JUST SAYING. JUST — THINK ABOUT THAT. SO — AND — ONE OF THE THINGS THAT HAS INSPIRED ME ON THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED IN SOUTH AFRICA. SO NELSON MANDELA AND BISHOP TOOTOO HAD A PROGRAM THAT I THOUGHT WAS BRILLIANTLY CONCEIVED WHICH WAS TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION. AND I THINK AS PART OF REPARATIONS JUST SO YOU KNOW, WHAT HAS BEEN PROPOSED IN CONGRESS WHICH WAS PROPOSED BY CONGRESSMAN CONYERS FOR YEARS WAS TO DO A STUDY AND I ACTUALLY THINK THE TRUTH PART OF THIS IS REALLY IMPORTANT. PEOPLE DON’T KNOW THE HISTORY. I THINK MANY PEOPLE KNOW THE HISTORY. THERE’S PEOPLE IN AMERICA THAT DON’T KNOW THE HISTORY. I THINK AS PART OF THIS, WE REALLY SHOULD BE — SHOULD BE RETELLING THE STORY OF AMERICA. DO PEOPLE REALLY KNOW WHAT JIM CROW WAS. I CAN TELL YOU I WENT DOWN TO THE OPENING OF THE MEMORIAL TO THE VICTIMS OF LYNCHING IN MONTGOMERY ALABAMA WHICH WAS PROBABLY ABOUT A YEAR AND A HALF AGO. PROBABLY APRIL OR MAY OF 18. SO I THOUGHT I KNEW SOMETHING ABOUT JIM CROW. I LEARNED THINGS. AS PART OF REPARATIONS TO FIGURE OUT HOW BEST TO DO THIS, IT IS IMPORTANT THAT WE RETELL THE STORY OF AMERICA. WE RETELL THE STORY OF THE CONTRIBUTIONS AND LEADERSHIP OF THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN COMMUNITY? IN AMERICA, WHO BUILT AMERICA, WHERE IS THE MORAL LEADERSHIP FOR AMERICA COME FROM. NOT JUST — NOT JUST — NOT JUST FROM DR. KING BUT FOR — FOR HUNDREDS OF YEARS AND — AND SUBS AFTER DR. KING. WHEN I THINK ABOUT REPARATIONS I THINK ABOUT A DEEP RETELLING OF THE STORY. I THINK WHAT HAPPENS IN THE WAY POLICY HAPPENS IS POLICY COMES OUT OF EM FOR’S UNDERSTANDING OF THE WORLD. THERE’S BEEN A FALSE STORY ABOUT THE COUNTRY FOR 400 YEARS. THE FIRST STEP IS TO RETELL THE STORY TRUTHFULLY. AND TO MAKE IT CLEAR WHAT REALLY HAPPENED SO THAT THEN WE CAN TALK ABOUT — OKAY, NOW WHAT DO WE DO ABOUT THAT. HOW DO WE MAKE UP FOR THAT? THE IDEA YOU HAVE 400 YEARS OF DELIBERATE INTENTIONAL, DEEP DISCRIMINATION. IT WOULD MAKE NO DIFFERENCE. GO ON LIKE IT NEVER HAPPENED. IT DOESN’T MAKE SENSE. I KNOW THAT. IT IS TIME. I KNOW THAT.>> MY NAME IS CHIP. I’M A RESIDENT HERE IN RENO AND ONE OF THE ACTIVISTS WITH THE INVISIBLES CHAPTER UP HERE. WE’RE BOTH IN THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY. I COME WITH A — A BASIC SENSE THAT BUSINESSES RESPOND TO — TO LAWS AND POLICIES AND MOST TIMES. AND — AND INCENTIVES. I THINK YOU’RE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT, THE RELATIONSHIP GOOD THE BIG CORPORATION MONEY AND OUR GOVERNMENT IS JUST WRONG, IT IS OUT OF WHACK. IF YOU YOU WERE PRESIDENT HOW — WHAT — WHAT SORT OF — WHAT SORT OF — OF MEASURES WOULD YOU TAKE TO GET BUSINESS ON BOARD TO CLIMATE CHANGE WORK?>> WELL, WHETN IT COMES TO CLIMATE CHANGE, THERE’S A LOT OF BUSINESS THAT IS WHO ARE NOT DIRECTLY INVOLVED WHERE THEREFORE THEY — THE PEOPLE RUNNING THEM CAN SEE WHAT IS HAPPENING AND ARE IN A POSITION OF NEEDING TO DENY IT FOR THE SAKE OF THEIR BOTTOM LINE. SO I THINK THAT IN THAT CASE THEY’RE REALLY ACTING LIKE NORMAL AMERICAN CITIZENS. I THINK THE ISSUE HERE IS THE OIL AND GAS COMPANIES AND THE COAL COMPANIES REALLY HAVE A BUSINESS MODEL THAT IS DIRECTLY — YOU KNOW — THEY NEED TO — TO BURN FOSSIL FUELS TO MAKE THEIR MONEY AND — THE — YOU KNOW, IT IS SORT OF LIKE A CIGARETTE COMPANY. THEY SELL CIGARETTES. THEY CAN DEFINE THEMSELVES AS ENERGY COMPANIES AND THAT’S FINE WITH ME. BUT THEY’VE BEEN FIGHTING TOOTH AND NAIL AGAINST THIS. HONESTLY, IF YOU LOOK AT THE FINANCIAL COMMUNITY, THEY’VE BEEN — THE — THEY’VE BEEN — THEY’VE BEEN FINANCING FOSSIL FUEL COMPANIES FOF AND IT IS A HUGE BUSINESS FOR THEM. SO LOOK THE WAY I THINK ABOUT THIS IS, THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES IS SUPPOSED TO REPRESENT THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES. THEY’RE SUPPOSED TO PASS LAWS FOR US. AND THEY’RE SUPPOSED TO PROTECT US. THE BUSINESSES ARE SUPPOSED TO OBEY THEM. AND YOU KNOW, HONESTLY — I — THEY SHOULD COME ON BOARD AS CITIZENS BUT IT IS GOING TO BE VERY HARD FOR PEOPLE IN THOSE FOSSIL FUEL COMPANIES, EVEN IF THEIR OWN MINDS, TO BE HONEST AND SO I DON’T WANT TO WAIT FOR THEM. I MEAN, I’M SAYING, DAY ONE STATE OF EMERGENCY, WE’RE GOING TO HAVE NEW RULES. YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE TO OBEY THEM. I’LL TELL YOU TWO STORIES ABOUT THIS. OBVIOUSLY, LOOK, I CAME FROM THE PRIVATE SECTOR. I KNOW THAT WE NEED THE COMPETITIVENESS AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND YOU KNOW, REALLY EFFECTIVENESS OF THE PRIVATE SECTOR. I KNOW THAT. I THINK ANY COUNTRY THAT HASN’T HAD THAT HASN’T PROSPERED THE WAY WE HAVE PROSPERED. BUT I’LL TELL YOU, I WENT UP TO LOOK AT THE OIL SANDS IN CANADA BECAUSE I WAS AGAINST BUILDING THE KEYSTONE PIPELINE. I THOUGHT, I SHOULD GO. I CAN’T JUST RUN MY MOUTH. I NEED TO SEE IT. I WAS STAYING WITH A FIRST NATIONS PERSON UP THERE, THE CHIEF OF THE LOCAL FIRST NATIONS TRIBE. THE OIL SANDS WERE PUTTING ALL OF THEIR CHEMICALS AND THEIR SLUDGE BECAUSE IT IS MINING STUFF AND EXTRACTING OIL FROM SAND. AND THEN THEY TAKE ALL OF THE SAND WITH ALL OF THE CHEMICALS NET PUT IT IN. HE’S A 45-YEAR-OLD CONSTRUCTION WORKER. DOWN VEST AND JEANS AND A FLANNEL SHIRT. HE HAS HALF A LAWYER. FOR 20 YEARS HE’S BEEN TRYING TO REPRESENT HIS TRIBE AGAINST THE COMPANIES THAT ARE POLLUTING THE WATER AND THE PEOPLE ARE DYING. FOR 20 YEARS THEY LOSE. AND YOU KNOW, THEY HAVE HALF A LAWYER, FUEL COMPANIES HAVE 40 LAWYERS. ONE LAWYER HE’S NEGOTIATING WITH, EVERY COUPLE OF YEARS, HE’LL GO LOOK, I’LL TELL YOU WHAT. WE’LL BUILD YOU A NEW GYM. THEY NEVER TAKE CARE OF THE PROBLEM BUT THEY THROW HIM A BONE EVERY COUPLE OF YEARS. SO AFTER 20 YEARS, THE HEAD LAWYER RESIGNS. HE’S — HE — HE RETIRES. RETIRES ON FRIDAY, CALLS THE CHIEF ON MONDAY AND SAYS DON’T EVER STOP FIGHTING. YOU ARE THE ONLY THING BETWEEN YOUR TRIBE AND EXTINCTION. HE KNEW FOR 20 YEARS WHAT HE WAS DOING. THAT WAS HIS JOB. HE TOOK THE MONEY AND HE THOUGHT, GOOD IT IS MY JOB I HAVE TO STAND UP AND REPRESENT THE COMPANY AND YOU KNOW, WE’RE GOING TO DO WHAT WE DO. HE KNEW THE WHOLE TIME THAT ACTUALLY WHAT HE WAS DOING WAS KILLING THE PEOPLE. AND SO DID I THINK HE WAS A BAD GUY? NO. YOU TALK ABOUT INCENTIVE. HIS INCENTIVE WAS TO DO HIS JOB AS WELL AS POSSIBLE. IF THAT MEANT LITERALLY KILLING THESE INNOCENT PEOPLE HE WAS GOING TO DO IT. WHEN I THINK ABOUT THIS, I WANT THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES TO MAKE SURE THAT WE’RE REPRESENTING THOSE PEOPLE. I MEAN, THIS HAPPENS TO BE IN CANADA. THAT’S THE JOB OF THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES. NOT TO WORE ABORY ABOUT THE PRO BUT TO MAKE SURE THE PEOPLE ARE OKAY. MY OPINION ABOUT THIS STUFF IS I WANT — I WANT — I WANT TO GOVERNMENT TO MAKE — MY FIGHT IS NOT WITH THE PRIVATE SECTOR AT ALL. MY PROBLEM IS THE PRIVATE SECTOR THINKS THEY CAN WRITE THE RULES. I HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THAT. THAT’S MY PROBLEM WITH THE DRUG AND OIL COMPANIES. DO I THINK WE NEED DRUGS? I KNOW WE NEED THEM. I DON’T WANT THEM WRITING RULES FOR WHAT THEY PAY OR THE ENERGY WE’RE GOING TO PRODUCE OR HOW MUCH THEY MAY THEIR EMPLOYEES. I DON’T WANT THAT, THAT’S THE JOB OF THE GOVERNMENT. THAT’S WHAT DEMOCRACY IS FOR. WE NEED TO TAKE BACK THE DEMOCRACY SO THOSE LAWS REPRESENT US AND NOT THEM. THAT’S THE FIGHT.>> THE POSITION ON THE CARBON TAX.>> CALIFORNIA HAS HAD REALLY PROGRESSIVE ENERGY LAWS, INCLUDING A CAP AND TRADE SYSTEM SINCE 2006. SO WE’VE HAD 14 YEARS, 13 YEARS OF BEING ABLE TO SEE WHAT DRIVES CHANGE, WHAT DRIVES CLEAN ENERGY, WHAT IS EFFECTIVE. I CAN TELL YOU THIS, THE THING THAT HAS DRIVEN CHANGE IS REGULATION. IT IS BUILDING CODES. IT IS RENEWABLE PORTFOLIO STANDARDS. IT IS EV REGULATIONS AND MILES PER GALLON RULES. THE THING THAT IS GOOD ABOUT A CARBON TAX OR CAP AND TRADE IT RAISES MONEY WHICH YOU COULD THEN REDIRECT DISPROPORTIONATELY TO LOW INCOME COMMUNITIES TO BASICALLY COMPENSATE THEM FOR THE POLLUTION THEY HAVE UNDERGONE. IT LEADS TO — WHAT ENDS UP HAPPENING WITH THE CARBON TAX AND WITH CAP AND TRADE, IF IT IS YOUR — YOUR DRIVING FORCE, IT LEADS TO UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES AND PEOPLE HATE IT. SO IN FACT WHAT WE’VE SEEN IS REALLY WHAT WE’RE — MY PLAN LEAVES OPEN THE IDEA OF SOME SORT OF PRICE ON CARBON AND I HAVE AN OPINION ABOUT THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CARBON TAX AND CAPP TRADE BUT WHAT WE NEED ARE RULES FOR HOW PEOPLE ARE SUPPOSED TO BEHAVE AND DRIVE THAT.>> I HAVE A QUESTION. THANK YOU. MY NAME IS MARIO. MY QUESTION IS, WHAT YOU SAY SOUNDS GREAT. WE ALREADY HEAR THE SAME IDEAS FOR ANOTHER CANDIDATES AND ALSO EVEN FROM — FROM PRESIDENT OBAMA. HE COULDN’T DO WHAT HE PROMISED BECAUSE — BECAUSE — BECAUSE OF THE GOVERNMENT, BECAUSE OF THE — OF THE CORPORATIONS IN CONGRESS AND IN THE SUPREME COURT AND THE WHITE HOUSE. HOW DO YOU PLAN TO DISMANTLE THE POWER THAT THEY HAVE. THEY’RE MANAGING THE COUNTRY BASICALLY.>> SO OBVIOUSLY MARIO, THAT’S A CRITICAL QUESTION. WHAT I’M SAYING IS IT IS ALL ABOUT HOW DO WE GET THIS DONE SO THAT WE CAN GET THE HEALTHCARE THAT WE WANT, SO THAT WE CAN GET THE EDUCATION SYSTEM THAT WE WANT. THE FIRST THING THAT HAS TO HAPPEN IS TO NAME THE PROBLEM. IF WE’RE GOING TO MAKE A CHANGE IN SOCIETY, WE HAVE TO TALK ABOUT IT AND SEPTEMBER THAT THIS IS THE CHANGE WE’RE TRYING TO MAKE AND GET A MANDATE FROM THE PEOPLE TO DO IT. MY — THE LAST TEN YEARS OF MY LIFE HAVE BEEN ABOUT ORGANIZING PEOPLE AT THE GRASS ROOTS. IF YOU THINK, LOOK, I STARTED NEED TO IMPEACH TWO YEARS AGO. I WAS NAMING A PROBLEM. WE HAVE A CROOK THAT IS PRESIDENT. PEOPLE SAID THERE’S NO WAY THAT COULD EVER CHANGE BECAUSE NOBODY IN WASHINGTON, D.C. WANTS TO IMPEACH HIM WHICH WAS TRUE AT THE TIME. I’M A BIG BELIEVER THAT IF THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES DECIDE ON SOMETHING, WE GET IT. AND SO, ONE OF THE THINGS I NEVER HEARD PRESIDENT MAKE THIS ARGUMENT. I NEVER HEARD HIM GO OUT AFTER — I — I HAVE NOT HEARD SOMEONE SAY, EITHER OF THE TWO THINGS I’M SAYING, NUMBER ONE PROBLEM IS CORPORATIONSES THAT BOUGHT THE GOVERNMENT AND WE NEED TO TAKE AWAY THEIR POWER. THAT’S WHAT IGE RUNNING ON, THAT STATEMENT. NO ONE ELSE IS SAYING I’LL MAKE CLIMATE OUR NUMBER ONE PRIORITY. I BELIEVE IN THE POWER OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. IF WE DECIDE SOMETHING, WE’RE GOING TO GET IT BECAUSE THESE PEOPLE CAN’T STAND UP TO US IF WE REALLY DECIDE IT. IF THAT’S THE NUMBER ONE PRIORITY AND WE DECIDE ON IT AND THEY GO AGAINST US, THEY KNOW THEY’LL LOSE THEIR JOB. THEY’RE NOT BEING NICE. THEY’RE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO HANG ON TO THEIR JOB. TO ME WE HAVE TO NAME IT. I HAVE TO GET A MANDATE FROM THE PEOPLE TO DO IT. THEN I GO DO IT. FOR PEOPLE THAT STAND IN THE WAY, WE HAVE TO RUN OVER THEM. I MEAN IT. THIS IS NOT A CUMBAYA MOMENT. I — FOR PEOPLE, FOR VOTERS IN THE UNITED STATES, I BELIEVE WHAT I’M SAYING IS GOOD FOR REPUBLICAN VOTERS. I DON’T DISRESPECT OR DISREGARD THEM OR NOT CARE ABOUT THEM. AB I REALLY DON’T. THOSE THAT SELL OUT AMERICAN PEOPLE, I’M ANGRY. I TELL PEOPLE IF YOU TELL THE TRUTH AND PUT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FIRST, I DON’T CARE IF WE DISAGREE ON EVERYTHING. WE COULD BE VERY FRIENDLY. THAT’S DEMOCRACY. I DON’T THINK I’M RIGHT ABOUT EVERYTHING. IF YOU DON’T TELL THE TRUTH AND YOU PUT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SOME PLACE, BUT FIRST I HAVE A BIG PROBLEM. AND THAT’S MY FEELING ABOUT THIS. WE NEED TO — THIS WILL HAPPEN IF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DECIDE. THIS MAN WILL BE IMPEACHED. WE NEED TO NAME THIS BECAUSE THIS IS SO WRONG WHAT IS GOING ON WITH THE CORPORATIONS. THE IDEA LITERALLY PEOPLE WOULDN’T HAVE A RAISE FOR FOUR YEARS, THAT’S NUTS. THE IDEA THAT WE WOULD — I MEAN SERIOUSLY WE CAME TO ACCEPT IT. I MEAN, CLIMATE CHANGE, THE IDEA THAT WE CARE MORE ABOUT THE PROFITS OF OIL AND GAS COMPANIES THAN THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF CHRISTIAN. THAT’S NUTS. WE SHOULD NOT BE ACCEPTING THAT. MY POINT IN THE CAMPAIGN, I DON’T WANT PEOPLE TO SEPTEMBER THAT. I WANT — THIS IS ABOUT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND NOT ON ME. FOR PEOPLE THAT FIGHT US, I FEEL THE SAME WAY. TOUGH. WE’RE GOING TO ROLL OVER THEM.>> THANK YOU. ANOTHER QUESTION?>> MY NAME IS BEVERLY HARRY. I WORK WITH MAP ACTION. I LIVE IN — IN — IN — IN A — WITHIN THE INDIGENOUS SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY. WE’RE ABLE TO FISH. WE’RE — WE ARE ABLE TO EAT THE FISH. AND WE ARE ABLE TO — TO — TO HARVEST PINE NUTS FROM — FROM THE MOUNTAINS. AND WE BRING THE PINE NUTS BACK TO OUR FAMILIES. OUR — OUR HUMILITY IS BRAIDED WITHIN — WITHIN YOU KNOW, THE PROTECTION THAT WE SEEK FOR — FOR THE LANDS, FOR THE — FOR THE WATER AND FOR — FOR — FOR THE — FOR THE WILDLIFE, FOR ALL OF OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS AND OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS ARE NOT OF THE — THE — THE HUMAN RACE. THESE ARE — THESE ARE THE PLANTS THAT ARE PROTECTING US. THOSE ARE THE PLANTS THAT PROVIDE SHELTER AND ALL OF THE — OF THE — OF THE FOOD THAT WE OBTAIN FROM THEM AND SO RIGHT NOW IF YOU LOOK AT WHAT IS HAPPENING IN BARROW, ALASKA, AT GROUND ZERO, THERE IS CLIMATE URGENCY.>> I KNOW.>> AND THAT CLIMATE URGENCY IS — IS — IS REAL. SO MY — MY — MY — MY — MY QUESTION IS AND HAS TO PROVIDE — WELL MY QUESTION IS THAT — THAT — THAT — THAT WHAT — WHAT — WHAT WOULD YOU DO TO PROTECT THE — PROTECT THE — PROTECT THE — THE LIFE THAT WE THINK NEED IT BE TO BE PROTECTED? HOW ARE YOU GOING TO ENFORCE THE LAWS, THE PRESENT LAWS TO MAKE SURE THAT — THAT — THAT EVERYTHING AROUND US IS PROTECTED. BECAUSE THOSE LAWS ARE THERE.>> WHAT WOULD YOU DO TO BRIANN UNDERSTANDING TO WHAT SURVIVAL IS AND WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE TO BEGIN HEALING THE EARTH?>> SO. FOR YOU THAT QUESTION. I DO KNOW THAT CLIMATE CHANGE IS JUST ONE ASPECT OF WHAT IS GOING ON ON THIS PLANET AS AN AS A RESULT OF THE ACTIVITIES OF HUMAN BEINGS. I HAVE READ A BOOK DETAILING THIS — FROM A SCIENTIFIC STANDPOINT, NOT SPIRITUAL STANDPOINT WHAT IS GOING ON REGARDING EXTINCTION IN THE GLOBE. THIS IS THE SIXTH TIME IN THE HISTORY OF THE PLANET WHERE WE RISK LOSING THE MAJORITY OF THE SPECIES THAT LIVE HERE. I DON’T KNOW IF YOU KNOW THIS, BUT I’VE BEEN PART OF THE REGENERATIVE AGRICULTURE MOVEMENT TRYING TO SHOW HOW TO RAISE ANIMALS IN A WAY THAT TAKES CARE OF THE SOIL THAT USES WATER IN A THOUGHTFUL WAY AND ALSO SEQUESTERS CARBON IN THE SOIL. SO, EVERYTHING THAT YOU’RE SAYING ABOUT THE IDEA THAT — THAT — THAT WE’RE PART OF NATURE AND IT NEED TO SUSTAIN US AND WE NEED TO SUSTAIN IT, IT IS PART OF A — OF A — A LARGER ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEM. I AGREE WITH. SO WHAT AM I TALKING ABOUT? I WAS THINKING WHAT DOES THAT MEAN IN TERMS OF POLICY RIGHT OFF THE BAT? I’M AGAINST — I’M AGAINST THE PUBLIC LANDS — LANDS OF THE UNITED STATES STOP OIL AND GAS DRI DRILLING. I UNDERSTAND THOSE ARE PUBLIC LANDS FOR THE USE OF AMERICAN PEOPLE, NOT EXPLOITATION OF PEOPLE TO MAKE AS MUCH PROFIT AS POSSIBLE. I DO BELIEVE THAT WE’RE GOING TO END UP RAISING ANIMAL AND RAISING CROPS IN A MUCH MORE REGENERATIVE WAY THAT IS — IS EASIER ON THE EARTH. I KNOW THAT IF YOU LOOK AT THE — THE — COMPOSITION OF THE SOIL WE’VE BEEN — WE’VE BEEN LEACHING ALL THE POSITIVE NUTRIENTS IN THE SOIL OUT SINCE EUROPEANS SHOWED UP HERE. YOU LOOK AT CARBON DENSITY OF THE SOIL IN THE UNITED STATES, IT HAS GONE FROM SOMEWHERE AROUND 10 PERCENT TO SOMEWHERE AROUND 1 PERCENT. I KNOW THAT ACTUALLY RESEQUESTERING CARBON IN THE SOIL IS SOMETHING THAT WE COULD DO THAT IS MUCH BETTER FOR THE LAND AND WILL HELP OUR CLIMATE PROBLEM. I KNOW OUR CLIMATE PROBLEM IS WHAT SEEMS TO ME THE MOST URGENT TIMELY ASPECT OF A LARGER QUESTION ABOUT PRESERVING THE EARTH. I DO — I UNDERSTAND THAT YOU LOOK AT THAT NOT JUST IN A SORT OF AN LILT CAL AND SCIENTIFIC WAY, BUT IN A MORE HOLISTIC WAY IN TERMS OF THE MEANING OF LIFE AND WHAT WE’RE DOING HERE AND HOW TO THINK ABOUT OURSELVES AS PART OF THE PLANET AND AS PART OF RELATIONSHIP WITH THE EARTH AND THE OTHER ANIMALS THAT ARE LIVING ON THE EARTH AND THE PLANETS. I TAKE YOUR POINT THAT IF WE HAVE AN EXPLOITIVE ATTITUDE TOWARD THE EARTH WHICH IS WHAT WE HAD, WE WILL END UP IN A PLACE WHERE THAT EARTH IN EFFECT CAN NO LONG YOU ARE SUSTAIN US. IF WE DO THAT, THAT’S TO — THERE’S — YOU’RE MAKING A LARGER CASE FOR IT BUT IN THE SIMPLEST MEASURE WE WILL BE IN A SITUATION WHERE WHAT WE DEPEND UPON IS NO LONGER THERE TO BE DEPEND ED UPON. WHEN I TALK ABOUT CLIMATE, IT IS NOT UNEMOTIONAL THING. THAT’S YOUR POINT. THAT’S MY POINT.>> MY QUESTION GOES BACK TO SOME COMMENTS YOU MADE EARLIER ABOUT DARK MONEY. MY BIGGEST CONCERN RIGHT NOW WITH THE LELECTION IS THERE’S TALK ABOUT CHANGE BUT NO ONE WANTS TO ADDRESS THE — THE — THE — THE — THE — THE PRIMARY PROBLEM THAT — THAT — THAT IS YOU KNOW — HOW ARE WE GOING TO CHANGE THE POLITICAL LOBBYING? YOU TALKED ABOUT DARK MONEY. HOW ARE WE GOING TO CHANGE THOSE SYSTEMS? BECAUSE A LOT OF WHAT YOU’RE PROPOSING REQUIRES THAT YOU CHANGE HOW WE ALLOW LOBBYING AND DARK MONEY TO EXIST IN OUR POLITICAL STRUCTURE.>> SO LET’S START WITH — WITH — WITH — WITH DARK MONEY QUESTION. I MEAN, DARK MONEY REFERS TO MONEY WHICH IS — WHICH IS NOW GIVEN THROUGH INDEPENDENT EXPENDITURES IN WAY THAT IS ARE NOT DISCLOSEABLE. WE NEED TO REWRITE THOSE LAWS BECAUSE THE FIRST STEP TOWARDS FAIR ELECTIONS IS — IS — IS TRANSPARENCY. AND THE SECOND STEP IS — IS EXTREME PENALTIES FOR PEOPLE THAT BREAK THAT TRANSPARENCY. I KNOW IN CALIFORNIA WE HAVE HAD PROPOSITIONS WHERE WITH TRANSPARENCY A COMPANY WILL SPEND LITERALLY 25 MILLION DOLLARS AND LOSE TO ACTIVISTS WHO HAVE LESS THAN HALF A MILLION DOLLARS BECAUSE WHENEVER THEY — IT SAYS WHO IS PAYING FOR THE AD, PEOPLE THINK, OKAY, THAT’S NOT TRUE. BECAUSE IT ISN’T. IT ISN’T TRUE. SO THE FIRST STEP ON DARK MONEY, BEFORE WE EVEN HAVE — THERE IS A FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSION. THEY HAVE A RIGHT TO SET RULES ABOUT HOW MONEY IS SPENT IN ELECTIONS. THEY HAVE A RIGHT TO SET PENALTIES ON — FOR PEOPLE THAT BREAK THE RULES. IT IS COMPLETELY MORIBUND. THE TOTAL AMOUNT THEY FINED WAS 600,000 DOLLARS. YOU’RE IN AN LECH THAT COSTS BILLIONS OF DOLLARS. YOU’RE IN ELECTIONS WHERE THE WINNERS GET A 1.2 TRILLION DOLLAR TAX CUT. SO 600,000 DOLLARS RESPECT EXCUSE ME? HOW COULD THAT POSSIBLY IMPACT? SO — THAT’S THE FIRST PLACE TO GO FOR TRANSPARENCY ON DARK MONEY. WE’RE GOING TO HAVE TO CHANGE — WHEN I SAID — CORPORATIONS AREN’T PEOPLE, THE DRUG COMPANIES AREN’T PEOPLE, THAT IS THE HOOK THAT LETS THEM PARTICIPATE POLITICALLY IN TERMS OF CAMPAIGNS BECAUSE IF YOU LOOK AT THOSE CAMPAIGNS, MONEY IS SPEECH ACCORDING TO THE SUPREME COURT. SPEECH CANNOT BE LIMITED. CORPORATIONS ARE PEOPLE. THEREFORE, THEIR MONEY IS SPEECH, THEREFORE THEIR MONEY IS UNLIMITED IN CAMPAIGNS. WE HAVE TO GET RID TO HAVE THAT IDEA. THEY’RE NOT PEOPLE. SO THEREFORE THEY SHOULD NOT HAVE THE RIGHTS OF AMERICAN CITIZENS POLITICALLY IS MY POINT. I’LL TELL YOU A STORY ABOUT THIS WHICH IS ABOUT THE SECOND POINT YOU BROUGHT UP WHICH IS LOBBYING. SO I WAS PUSHING AN IDEA BEFORE I STARTED THIS CAMPAIGN ABOUT TRANSPARENCY FOR STUDENT BORROWERS IN CALIFORNIA. IT WAS REALLY — STUDENT BORROWERS BILL OF RIGHTS. ALMOST EVERY STUDENT HAS THIS. THERE’S A LOAN SERVICE WHERE YOU HAVE TO TELL THE TRUTH. DO YOU HAVE TELL THEM THEIR — THEIR CHOICES FAIRLY FROM THEIR POINT OF VIEW AND WE WANTED TO HAVE A PLACE WHERE YOU COULD CALL IN THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA TO GET OBJECTIVE FACTS IF YOU WERE A STUDENT BORROWER. IT SEEMS LIKE A MINIMAL THING. I WAS ONLY TALKING TO DEMOCRATIC ELECTEDS BECAUSE NO REPUBLICAN WOULD TALK TO ME ANYWAY. TWO THINGS AROSE. ONE WAS ONE OF THE SENATORS SAID YOU SHOULD KNOW THE BANKS AND THE SERVICERS, THE LOBBYISTS HAVE BEEN IN MY OFFICE FOR EVERY SINGLE DAY FOR TWO WEEKS. THIS IS A DEMOCRAT. ANOTHER DEMOCRAT SAID TO ME, DO YOU REALLY CARE ABOUT THIS? THEY SAID, WELL, I MEAN, OBVIOUSLY I’M HERE BECAUSE I CARE ABOUT IT. THINK ABOUT IT. STUDENT BORROWERS. YOUNG PEOPLE WHO ARE TRYING TO MAKE THEMSELVES BETTER CITIZENS AND MORE PRODUCTIVE HUMAN BEINGS DOING EXACTLY WHAT WE ASKED EVERY SINGLE YOUNG PERSON TO DO. DO I CARE ABOUT THEM. OF COURSE I CARE ABOUT THEM. YOU’RE A DEMOCRAT. YOU’RE ASKING ME, DO I CARE ABOUT YOUNG PEOPLE GETTING AHEAD IN THE WORLD AND HAVING A REASONABLE CHANCE. OF COURSE I DO. SO I TELL THAT STORY BECAUSE WITH YOU TALK ABOUT LOBBYING, THESE ARE DEMOCRATS. THESE BANKS ARE GIVING MONEY TO EVERYBODY.>> THIS CORPORATE LOBBYING. I MEANT TO USE THAT CORPORATE BEFORE LOBBYING.>> LOOK. AND MY POINT IS, IF THEY’RE NOT GIVING TONS OF MONEY THEY COULD GO AND GIVE THEIR POINT OF VIEW AND EVERYBODY KNOWS IT IS JUST THEIR POINT OF VIEW. THE THING THAT IS WRONG IS WHEN THEY’RE GIVING TONS OF MONEY AND YOU SHOW UP, ARE YOU RESPONDING TO THE ARGUMENT OR THE MONEY? I ACTUALLY SEE THIS DIFFERENTLY FROM THE WAY THAT SANDERS SEES THIS. HE SEES THIS AS MILLIONAIRES AND BILLIONAIRES. I SEE THIS AS — WHEN I GO AND TALK TO ELECTED OFFICIALS, MILLIONAIRE AND BILLIONAIRES ARE NOT WALKING THE HALLS OF CONGRESS. CORPORATE LOBBYIST ARE THERE. THEY DO IT AS A JOB. THEY DO IT EVERYDAY. THEY DO FUND-RAISING ALL THE TIME. IT IS THEIR JOB. THIS DIDN’T JUST HAPPEN. WHEN I WALKS TALKING ABOUT THE DEFENSE CONTRACTOR, I THINK THAT WAS EARLIER, I’M JUST SAYING, DIDN’T JUST HAPPEN ONE DAY. IT IS EVERY DAY FOR YEARS. IT IS RELENTLESS. IT IS A JOB. IT IS A PROGRAM.>> MY NAME IS ETHAN. I’M A CORPORATE LOBBYIST. SO I ACTUALLY WENT TO — TO — DOWN TO THE LEGISLATURE IN 2017 RIGHT AFTER TRUMP WAS ELECTED. MY NUMBER ONE FEAR WAS MY WIFE AND I ARE BOTH TRANSGENDER AND MY FEAR WAS THAT OTHER PEOPLE LIKE US WOULD BE DISCRIMINATED AGAINST BECAUSE I KNEW THAT HE WAS NOT SOCIALLY AWARE ENOUGH TO MAKE SURE OUR COUNTRY DID NOT GET DIVIDED ALONG THOSE LINES. WHEN I GOT THERE I WORKED ON GREAT SOCIAL LEGISLATION BUT I ALSO PICKED UP A COUPLE OF CORPORATE CLIENTS TOWARD THE END. THAT WAS ABLE — THE WAY I JUSTIFIED THAT IS I WAS ABLE TO THEN DO THE OTHER WORK I WANTED TO DO, RIGHT? BECAUSE I WAS GETTING PAID A WAGE. A LIVABLE WAGE FOR ME. SO I WAS VERY — I TRIED TO STAY AS CLEAN MORALLY AS I COULD POSSIBLY STAY AND I ONLY TOOK ON CLIENTS I BELIEVED IN. BUT AT EVERY TURN YOU — YOU’RE STILL COMPROMISING AND YOU JUST — IT IS A CONSTANT GAME OF COMPROMISE. WHAT YOU JUST DESCRIBED EARLIER IS EXACTLY THE PROCESS. AS LOBBYIST, MY JOB WAS TO GO TO FUND RA RACE — RAISING. IT IS JUST — IT IS VERY LOGICAL PROFESSION AND SO — ONE OF THE — OF THE UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES OF AN ISSUE LIKE TERM LIMITS FOR EXAMPLE IS THAT SAY IN THE STATE OF NEVADA WE HAVE CITIZEN LEGISLATORS. WHAT HAPPENS IS THE LOBBYIST RUN THE ASYLUM. THEY RUN IT. THEY KNOW MORE. ONCE YOU GET TERM LIMITS NOW YOU GOT NEW LEGISLATORS WHO ARE TRYING TO CLIMB THE LADDER, THEY HAVE AMBITIONS, POLITICAL AM BIGS AND NOW YOU HAVE LOBBYISTS THAT KNOW MORE THAN THEY DO AND ARE WISER ABOUT THE PROCESS. THEY BECOME THEIR MENTORS, RIGHT? BUT THEY ALSO REQUIRE SOMETHING IN RETURN. SO THAT — THAT ENTIRE SYSTEM AND — IT IS IN EVERY STATE LEGISLATURE. IT IS OBVIOUSLY IN D.C. AND AT EVEN A HEIGHTENED LEVEL. I MEAN HERE FOR EXAMPLE, YOU KNOW, YOU MIGHT HAVE A — A RACE THAT ONLY COSTS 250,000 DOLLARS TO RUN. RIGHT? JUST TOTALLY DIFFERENT UP THAN A CONGRESSIONAL RACE. THINK ABOUT HOW MUCH, IF I JUST STRATEGICALLY WANT TO TAKE TOM’S MONEY AND PUT IT SOMEWHERE FOR THESE THREE CAUSES, I COULD TELL YOU RIGHT NOW EXACTLY WHERE I WOULD PUT IT AND I COULD TELL YOU THERE’S AN 80 PERCENT CHANCE I WOULD GET YOU AN R.I. ON THAT. THAT’S HOW PRECISE LOBBYING IS AS A SCIENCE, A SOCIAL SCIENCE, MIND YOU. SO I JUST — TO ME, THE DARK MONEY — THIS IS SO MANY WAYS TO GET AROUND THESE LAWS AND EVEN TERM LIMITS, LIKE IT HAS DONE THE OPPOSITE IN NEVADA WHICH IS NOW THESE — THESE THINGS THAT PEOPLE HAVE BEEN WORKING ON FOR DECADES, NOW THEY NO LONGER WORK ON AND YOU HAVE A LEGISLATOR THAT IS CLUELESS AT BEST AND THEY HAVE 1200 BILLS TO GO THROUGH. I’M NOT SATISFIED WITH YOUR ANSWER, I GUESS ABOUT DARK MONEY AND TERM LIMITS.>> THE DARK MONEY QUESTION I THINK IS CLEAR. TRANSPARENCY IS THE FIRST STATEMENT AND THEN THE SECOND STATEMENT IS ABOUT — ABOUT GETTING RID OF THE IDEA THAT — THAT THEY HAVE A RIGHT — THE RIGHT OF EVERY HUMAN BEING IN AMERICA TO HAVE — HAVE UNLIMITED FREE SPEECH WHICH IS CONSIDERED POLITICAL GIVING. THOSE ARE I THINK STRAIGHTFORWARD THINGS PIP KNOW THAT THE POINT YOU’RE MAKING ABOUT TERM LIMITS IS A GOOD ONE. THERE’S ALWAYS A TRADEOFF BETWEEN THAT POINT AND THE POINT ABOUT PEOPLE WHO REALLY GET ENSCONCED AND BECOME CREATURES OF THE ESTABLISHMENT AND THEIR CAREER IS COMPLETELY SAFE BECAUSE THEY’RE COMPLETELY PROTECTED BY CORPORATE PARTNERS. IT IS ALWAYS — IT IS ALWAYS A TRADE. THERE’S NO PERFECT SYSTEM AND WE ALL KNOW THAT. I THINK WHAT WE FOUND IN CALIFORNIA WAS EXACTLY WHAT YOU SAID. TERM LIMITS GAVE TOO MUCH POWER TO LOBBYISTS SO THEY LENGTHENED THE TERM LIMITS AND MOVED THEM AROUND IN A WAY TO AVOID THAT. IS IT P■ERFECT? NO. IS IT BETTER THAN WHERE THEY STARTED OR THE FIRST PLACE THEY WENT? YES.>> IT IS A TRADEOFF.>> WE HAVE A COUPLE OF MINUTES LEFT AND I WANT TO GET TO THE GENTLEMAN IN THE BACK.>> MY NAME IS ED. I AGREE WITH EVERYTHING YOU’VE SAID. I AGREE ABOUT TOXIC CORPORATE POWER AND MONEY IN GENERAL. THERE’S A FLIP SIDE. TO ME ONE OF THE BIGGEST AND WORST LIES THAT CONSERVATIVESES AND REPUBLICANS HAVE PROMULGATED FOR A LONG TIME FOR THE LAST FOUR DECADES AT LEAST, IS THE GOVERNMENT CAN’T DO ANYTHING RIGHT. IT IS INHERENTLY INCOMPETENT AND RUN BY ELITES. I WON’T SAY WHAT THE GOVERNMENT HAS DONE FOR SURE. UNLIKE FOR OTHER COUNTRIES WHERE IT IS A RICH ELITE THAT MAKES THAT ARGUMENT AND EVERYBODY ELSE IS POWERLESS, HERE YOU ACTUALLY HAVE THIS — THIS BIG POPULIST GROUP OF PEOPLE WHO BELIEVE IT TOO. THEY ARE BEING DISADVANTAGED. THEY’RE BEING SCREWED. THIS IS ONE OF THE WORST LIES EVER. THE GOVERNMENT CAN’T DO ANY GOOD AND SHOULD NOT DO GOOD. THE SCANDAL THE PROVE ONCE AGAIN THAT THE GOVERNMENT CAN’T DO ANYTHING GOOD. THAT’S MY QUESTION. HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH THAT?>> I SEE THIS THE SAME WAY THAT I SEE THE CONVERSATION THAT DOUG IS HAVING WITH DON ABOUT REPARATIONS AND RETELLING THE AMERICAN STORY. I THINK THAT RONALD REAGAN WAS VERY EFFECT NIF SAYING. HE SAID THE SCARIEST IS THE GOVERNMENT SAYING I’M HERE TO HELP. EVERYBODY LAUGHED. HE MADE AN ARGUMENT THAT THE FREE MARKET IS EFFECTIVE, EFFICIENT, AND JUST. THAT’S IN THE TRUE. WE ARE NOT SEEING FREE MARKETS THE WAY WE LEARNED ABOUT THEM. IF YOU SEE THE MARKET FOR INSULIN, IT IS NOT A FREE MARKET. IF YOU SIGH THE MARKET FOR DEFENSE ELECTRONICS, IT IS NOT A FREE MARKET. SO MANY OF OUR MARKETS ARE SO CONCENTRATED, EITHER IN TERMS OF VERY FEW SELLERS OR BUYERS. THIS IDEA THAT THE GOVERNMENT IS INEFFICIENT BUT CORPORATIONS ARE EFFICIENT, CORPORATIONS ARE EFFICIENT AT GETTING THEIR BOTTOM LINE. BUT — BUT — IN A MONOPOLY SITUATION, INN ECONOMY, YOU WIN. IN MONOPOLY, YOU SELL THE WORST PRODUCT AT HEIST PRODUCT BECAUSE THEY NEED THE PRODUCT AND YOU CAN CHARGE WHATEVER YOU WANT. I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT AS WE TALKED ABOUT THIS, LOOK, I’M A PRIVATE SECTOR PERSON. I KNOW WE NEED THE PRIVATE SECTOR. I — I DON’T WANT TO GET AWAY FROM IT. I WANT IT TO MAKE — TO BE USED IN A WAY THAT SERVES THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES. I WANT TO COME BACK TO WHAT ETHAN SAYS WAS LOOK, THERE’S NOTHING WRONG WITH LOBBYING. THERE’S NOTHING WRONG WITH MAKING YOUR POINTS. BUSINESSES HAVE GOOD POINTS TO MAKE. THEY JUST SHOULDN’T BE BUYING THE ANSWER. IF THEY WANT TO HIRE HER BECAUSE SHE’S THE BEST PERSON, GREAT, BUT I DON’T WANT THEM TO BE ABLE TO HAVE IT ABSOLUTELY WORK BECAUSE THEY MADE A BUNCH OF CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS OR INDEPENDENT EXPENDITURES SO THEY KNOW THE ANSWER IS WHAT IT WILL BE.>> [INDISCERNIBLE].>> PUBLIC FINANCING, PUBLIC FINANCING OF CAMPAIGNS. THE BEST WAY. THE THING I’VE SEEN THAT I THOUGHT MADE SENSE IS WHERE EVERY CONTRIBUTION UP TO 200 BUCKS GETS MATCHED AND THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE USE AND THERE’S NO MAGIC IN THIS IS SIX TIMES. IF SOMEONE GIVES YOU 100 BUCKS, THE GOVERNMENT GIVES YOU 600 BUCK. THERE’S NO WAY. EVERYBODY COUNTS BUT NOBODY COUNTS TOO MUCH. AND SO, IT IS A WAY OF SAYING, I KNOW THESE CAMPAIGNS. WELL IF NOBODY HAD SO MUCH MONEY MAYBE IT WOULDN’T COST SO MUCH. BUT WHAT I AM SAYING IS WE NEED TO GET. I THINK WE NEED TO RETELL THE STORY OF WHAT WORKS IN AMERICA. THE IDEA THAT GOVERNMENT AND THE COUNTRY THAT WORKS WITH NO GOVERNMENT. HUMAN BEINGS WENT THROUGH THE WORLD WITH VERY LITTLE GOVERNMENT FOR A LONG TIME AND IT WAS VERY BAD. THE — I THINK IN THE UNITED STATES WE DON’T REALIZE HOW GREAT IT IS TO LIVE UNDER RULE OF LAW. A LOT OF THE WORLD DOESN’T REALLY LIVE UNDER A RULE OF LAW. YOU KNOW — IT IS CORRUPT, IT IS UNFAIR. PEOPLE CONTROL IT. WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE COUNTRIES. I’VE TRAVELED TO THOSE COUNTRIES AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS. IT IS NOT GOOD. CORRUPTION IS UNBELIEVABLY EXPENSIVE. GOVERNMENT IS ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL. PEOPLE — PEOPLE — THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IS COMPLAINING ABOUT PUBLIC SCHOOLS. IT IS LIKE CAN WE REMEMBER BACK BEFORE THERE WERE PUBLIC SCHOOLS? DO WE WANT TO GO THERE? THERE’S PEOPLE THAT DON’T LIKE PUBLIC ROADS. DO WE REALLY WANT TO GO THERE? I MEAN, LOOK, WE NEED A GOVERNMENT. WE’VE WE’VE TRIED TO TAKE EVERYTHING AWAY FROM THE GOVERNMENT. WE HAVE STORIES FROM REAGAN THAT ARE NOT TRUE AND START TO TALK ABOUT, THIS IS MY WHOLE THING. 21st CENTURY. WHAT IS THE ACTUAL VISION FOR AMERICA? MY POINT IS THE ACTUAL VISION FOR AMERICA WE HAVE THE RIGHTS TO HEALTHCARE AND EDUCATION AND CLEAN AIR AND WATER AND WE HAVE RIGHT TO A FAIR POLITICAL SYSTEM. THOSE ARE OUR RIGHTS. THE GOVERNMENT IS TO INSURE THOSE RIGHTS. WE COULD ARGUE ABOUT HOW BEST TO DO IT BUT THOSE ARE OUR RIGHTS. WE’RE GOING TO INSIST ON THEM AND WE’RE NOT GOING TO ALLOW CORPORATIONS TO RUN THIS COUNTRY FOR THEMSELVES.>> THANK YOU SO MUCH. [APPLAUSE].>> THANK YOU FOR COMING AND HAVING THIS DISCUSSION AND ANSWERING OUR QUESTIONS. AND YOU JUST REALLY HAVING A DISCUSSION WITH US. THANK YOU.>> TOTALLY MY TREAT. YOU GUYS SHOULD KNOW. THIS IS HONESTLY, SUNDAY AFTERNOON, THIS IS WHAT I LIKE TO DO. THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING I CAN EVER DO. HONEST TO GOODNESS.>> THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US.

10 thoughts on “STEYER ON CLIMATE CRISIS & JOBS: 2020 presidential candidate

  • Its really great to see someone passionate about the environment… Not like there's any candidate's talking about it… What's that? 20 others? Well imagine that

  • If in the USA large corporations are considered as people then obviously many should be imprisoned, and, as is your law, placed upon death row awaiting a death sentence for their incalculable crimes against humanity.

  • 1 hoax after another so weak mine blaze of climate control and greenhouse gases and global warming there is no scientific proof global warming it's something the Liberals dreamed up to get your tax dollars that was a nice rally they had New York for two days wasn't it stop and traffic pulling off their clothes guy trying to hump the front end of a grill on a guy's car intelligent people the great global alarm should be happy with these people they made real spectacles out of themselves tell everyone is laughing is Al Gore all the way to the bank take a look on the internet climate change lovers after the two-day rally they forgot to take their trash with them are they didn't want to they really care about Mother Nature don't they all that was a freak Show weak simple minded individuals

  • My friends, catastrophic climate change is not a problem for fascists, it is, in a way, a solution. History’s most perfect, lethal, and efficient one means of genocide, ever, period. Who needs to build a camp or a gas chamber when the flood and hurricane will do the dirty work for free? Please don’t mistake this for conspiracism: climate change accords perfectly with the foundational fascist belief that only the strong should survive, and the weak, the dirty, the impure, the foul, should all perish. That is why neo-fascists do not lift a finger to stop climate change but do everything they can to, in fact, accelerate it, and prevent every effort to reverse or mitigate it. I think this much becomes clearer by the year: we have failed, my friends, to save our home. How funny that we are focused, instead, on our homelands. It would be funny, disgraceful, and pathetic of me to say: is there still time to save ourselves? That is the kind of nervous, anxious selfishness that most of us Americans are known for and it is only if we reject it, really, that we learn the lesson of now. Let us simply imagine, instead, that despite all the folly and stupidity and ruin of this age, the strongmen and the weak-minded, in those dark and frightening nights when the rain pours and the thunder roars, we might still light a candle for democracy, for freedom, and for truth. The truth is that we do not deserve to be saved if we do not save those first. Just my thoughts, you be the judge. ~PEACE!

  • "Crisis"? Why is it a Crisis?
    Any proof that humans have changed the climate or has the ability to change it to a perfect 74°?

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