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Bernie Sanders Slams GOP for Ignoring 'Planetary Crisis' of Climate Change

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Last night during the GOP debate, Bernie Sanders, like many Americans, noticed a pressing international crisis being ignored by Republican candidates: climate change.

In terms of climate change, "I did not hear anybody say 'Oh, This is a planetary crisis, we have got to do something,'" the insurgent Democratic presidential candidate told CNN after the GOP showdown.

Sanders continued to criticize the Republican candidates' hands-off approach to climate. "Really, the federal government should not do something? No scientist that I know believes that. What they think is that if we don't act now this advanced situation will become much worse in later years."

Bernie also live tweeted the CNN debate with the #DebateWithBernie hashtag, delighting his Twitter followers and receiving tens of thousands retweets and favorites for several of his digital missives.

Sanders, who believes there should be an entire debate devoted to the environment, sent some tweets criticizing the radio silence on the issue.

This Sanders tweet—in reference to Florida senator and bottled water connoisseur Marco Rubio's awkward opening joke about California's drought—is my favorite:

(For what it's worth, Rubio, a known climate flip-flopper, clarified during the brief climate segment that he's no longer "skeptical" of climate change. He's just skeptical of green policies, claiming it "will not do a thing to cure California of the drought" and will "make America a harder place to create jobs." Oh, okay but totally wrong.)

Tired of the rambling, the feisty 74-year-old turned off the TV around 10:30 p.m. and perhaps missed it when the debate moderators finally switched to the topic of climate change.

Sanders is recognized for his glowing record on climate change. Last month, the Vermont senator told CNN’s State of the Union, “I think environmentalists deserve a debate so we could talk about how we move aggressively to transform our energy system away from fossil fuel.”

Fellow Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton tweeted some thoughts about last night's lack of climate coverage too:

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