A committee within the Democratic National Committee (DNC) on Thursday voted down a proposal for a debate focused on climate change.
The DNC’s resolution committee voted against the measure, though a resolution calling for a climate debate could still be considered for a vote by the full committee Saturday as they continue to meet over the weekend.
The committee defeated the resolution in a 17-to-8 vote, according to the Mercury News.
The DNC has faced mounting pressure from environmental groups and some candidates, even as two climate forums hosted by other entities are planned for September.
“We are in a climate emergency. If we’re going to prevent the most catastrophic impacts of climate change, we need to know how those vying to become our next president are going to confront the fossil fuel industry and accelerate the transition to renewable energy from day one. Talking points and sound bites don’t cut it anymore,” Greenpeace said in a statement on the vote.
“There are a number of us who want to have a standalone debate on the issue of climate. It’s more than an issue. We need a climate crisis response blueprint,” Pelosi previously told The Hill.
The DNC has so far held two presidential primary debates. Each devoted a period of time to asking candidates about climate change, but some have criticized the timing as not enough compared to the threat.
The DNC did not immediately respond to request for comment.
Nevertheless, there appeared a silver lining Thursday with members of the committee passing a separate measure to reverse the ban on presidential candidates participating in non-DNC sanctioned climate debates. The ban previously warned that candidates who participated in such events would be bared from participating in future DNC debates
Protestors from the youth climate group the Sunrise Movement, who appeared in droves at the hearing in San Francisco, called the ruling a “partial victory.”