Democratic presidential contender Martin O’Malley said Monday night at CNN’s town hall that he feels the man-made global warming is the greatest business opportunity to come to the U.S. in a century.

O’Malley’s remark was prompted by a question from an audience member who asked the former Maryland governor what issues young voters should care about.

“You know what I believe is the biggest issue that you should be concerned about as a young person who has more time on this planet than I do? That is climate change,” he said to a large applause.

“Climate change is the greatest business opportunity to come to the United States in 100 years,” he added, noting the potential for green jobs.

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