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A student challenges Bernie Sanders on his hypocritical fossil fuel use — and he does not like it


"Practice what you preach"

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A student challenged presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) to practice what he preaches on fossil fuel use, and he did not appreciate the question much.

The interaction occurred Thursday during a question and answer period with the candidate at a town hall event in Chico, California.

"So my question is you seem adamant about climate change," said the student.

"Yeah," agreed Sanders.

"So what ways would you take to practice what you preach if you were to become president?" the student asked.

"I know it's stressful, and you have to travel a lot," he added, "you have to use fossil fuels."

"No, I'm not gonna walk to California," Sanders joked to laughter from the audience.

"No, I understand that. We do the best we can as an example, but I'm not gonna sit here and tell you that I'm not gonna use fossil fuels," he added.

The admission came on the same day that his campaign released a climate change plan that the New York Times described as the most extreme among the presidential candidate plans.

"Climate change is an existential threat to the entire country and the entire world and we must be extraordinarily aggressive," Sanders said.

"I have seven grandchildren," he added, "and I'm going to be damned if I'm going to leave them a planet that is unhealthy and uninhabitable."

Sanders is currently tied with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) for second place behind Joe Biden in the 2020 Democratic nomination race.

Here's the video of the interaction:

Student Asks Bernie Sanders About His Own Fossil Fuel Use. Here's How He Responded

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