Watch the #MSNBC2016 Dem Debate Live with us!

Watch the #MSNBC2016 Dem Debate Live with us!

Scroll down to see live commentary and ask Rachel Maddow to press the leading Democratic candidates for President on Keystone, ExxonMobil’s climate cover up, and more!

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Ready to ask Rachel Maddow to Ask on Climate? Here’s how:

  1. Pick a platform, there are options below to ask on Twitter, Facebook, or good ol’ fashioned email.
  2. Compose your question – we are most excited to build on the momentum of today’s Keystone Announcement, and the news that Attorney general Schneiderman is investigating Exxon. You can and should write your own, but here are some sample questions:
    1. On Keystone you might encourage Maddow to ask: “When he rejected Keystone XL today, President Obama said that the US couldn’t lead the world on climate change unless we are willing to leave some fossil fuels in the ground. Do you agree, and what specifically would you do to honor that promise?”
    2. On Exxon Maddow could ask “As President, would you appoint an AG who was willing to investigate Exxon and other fossil fuel companies under federal racketeering laws?”
  3. Follow the rules! If you’re asking a question on twitter, you can start by retweeting us and make sure to use the hashtags #MSNCB2016, #ExxonKnew and #NoKXL. On Facebook, you can click to comment on Rachel Maddow’s official post below, or make sure to fine her official account on Facebook.

Or click here to email Rachel Maddow!

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Posted by The Rachel Maddow Show on Friday, October 30, 2015

It has been an amazing week for climate activists. Yesterday, New York Attorney General (AG) Eric Schneiderman announced that his office will be launching an investigation into whether Exxon Mobil (Exxon) concealed the facts of climate change to protect profits.1 The subpoena issued by Schneiderman demands the release of financial records, emails and other documents that will help him determine the full extent of the oil giant’s depravity.

Today we got the amazing news that President Obama has rejected the Keystone XL Pipeline.2 You should ABSOLUTELY take a minute and celebrate. Are you done? Great, because the victory is not just a huge deal because we won a victory over Big Oil after years of fighting (but we did!) but also a huge momentum boost to take with us to the Paris COP21 Climate Summit with the whole world watching. And it’s that momentum that we need to save, savor and spin forward if we’re going to win.

Tonight, three leading candidates for President, all Democrats with close ties to Schneiderman and Obama, will take the stage in South Carolina. Can you imagine a better moment for moderator Rachel Maddow to ask about whether they’d prosecute Exxon? Or how they’ll demonstrate a commitment to keep fossil fuels in the ground, as President Obama just did when he blocked KeystoneXL? There hasn’t been a week of climate news like this … maybe ever! Help us seize the moment by telling Rachel Maddow to ask about these and other key climate issues at tonight’s debate!

Eric Schneiderman is making big news with his drive to prosecute Exxon, but he shouldn’t be the only one who goes after Exxon. We need to know if the next President of the United State agrees. That’s why we’re asking MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow to ask the three Democratic presidential candidates if they agree with Schneiderman and if they think the Department of Justice (DOJ) should do the same tonight during her forum with the candidates. But if we are going to get her to do this we have to act really, really fastWill you click here and tell Maddow to ask about this global climate denial scheme?

Senator Bernie Sanders has written a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch asking her to prosecute Exxon and even compared allegations against them to the successful DOJ lawsuit against Big Tobacco.3 Governor Martin O’Malley also supports a DOJ prosecution and even took to Twitter to say, “We held tobacco companies responsible for lying about cancer. Let’s do the same for oil companies and climate change.”4 Both candidates also released statements hailing Schneiderman’s probe.

Secretary Clinton has also chimed in on the issue – kind of. Following a town hall meeting when asked by a member of 350.org if she supports a federal DOJ probe she replied, “Yes, yes they should. There’s a lot of evidence that they misled people.”5 But when asked by news outlets to expand on this statement, Clinton has remained silent – and she has offered no statement about AG Schneiderman’s probe.

As Drew said during today’s big White House announcement on Keystone: “There is much more work to do, much of it in Paris, as we work to keep fossil fuels in the ground and build a just, clean energy future for everyone – but today, we celebrate and thank President Obama for making the right choice.” Obama has built some amazing climate momentum for Paris with today’s announcement. But just think how much larger this momentum could be if all the candidates vying for the White House also send the message that fossil fuels are staying in the ground, and clean energy is the only energy our country supports for the future?

That’s why it’s important for Rachel Maddow to get all three candidates on the record about Exxon, Keystone and all these climate issue in front of millions of Americans. And to make sure it happens, we are launching a social media blitz today with other organizations. WE NEED YOU AND EVERYONE TO JOIN US. Click here and let’s make sure that our questions are asked on record at tonight’s debate.

Thanks for sounding off,

Anthony, Drew, Sally and the Environmental Action crew

1. Gillis, Justin and Krauss, Clifford. Exxon Mobil Investigated in New York Over Possible Lies on Climate. New York Times. November 5, 2015.

2. Drew Hudson, Obama just blocked the Keystone XL oil pipeline, Environmental Action Blog, November 6, 2105

3. Atkin, Emily. Bernie Sanders Calls for Federal Investigation of Exxon. Climate Progress. October 20, 2015.

4.  Maksh, Mariam. Justice Department Under Pressure To Investigate ExxonMobil for Climate Change Cover-Up. Huffington Post. October 30, 2015.

5.  Bagley, Katherine. Hillary Clinton Joins Call for Justice Dept. to Investigate Exxon. InsideClimate News. October 29, 2015.