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2014 Rhode Island Gubernatorial Forum on Climate Change

PROVIDENCE — ecoRI News and the Environment Council of Rhode Island held a forum on climate change Aug. 24 at Brown University. The organizations invited the candidates for Rhode Island governor to participate. The four Democrats — Todd Giroux, Clay Pell, General Treasurer Gina Raimondo and Providence Mayor Angel Taveras — accepted the invitation.

Republicans Ken Block (his campaign said he had a prior engagement) and Cranston Mayor Allan Fung (his campaign failed to respond to numerous emails and phone calls) did not participate.

At the forum, which was moderated by ecoRI News editor Frank Carini, the candidates were asked to answer two questions: What role does the governor’s office play in responding to the threats and opportunities posed by climate change? What priority would you give to responding to these threats and opportunities?

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