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"This is an existential threat. Do you know what that means, Chuck?"

At the ninth Democratic presidential debate in Nevada, NBC’s Chuck Todd asked Sanders to defend his proposal to phase-out fracking over the next five years. “The industry, obviously, supports a lot of jobs around the country, including thousands in the battleground state of Pennsylvania,” Todd said. “What do you tell these workers, it's supporting a big industry right now, sir?”

Visibly exasperated, Sanders chided Todd for the idea that jobs in the short-term were more important than saving millions of lives in the long-term.

“This is an existential threat,” Sanders said. “Do you know what that means, Chuck?”

Read in the article linked below a celebration of the senator's no-B.S. approach to the climate crisis over the course of two presidential campaigns.

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