Thursday, October 11, 2012

Making Climate Change an Issue in the 2012 Presidential Election

Despite a petition asking Jim Lehrer, (the moderator of the first presidential debate), to put climate change on the agenda, the question was never raised. The petition contained 160,000 signatures and was drawn up by a coalition of nine different nonprofit groups.

"If the debate is intended to cover our nation's most important challenges, climate change must be part of the discussion," said Steve Cochran, vice president of climate and air at EDF. "The threat to our environment is simply too great to ignore."

"Their failure to connect the dots and do the math imperils our nation and prevents the development of a national and global plan to respond to the most urgent challenge of our era. It's time for their climate silence to end."

A new website ClimateSilence.org, puts global warming front and center by tracking the candidates' public statements on the issue.

For voters sensitive to the issue of climate there really is no choice. To his credit President Obama did raise his support for solar and wind energy. Although for political reasons, Obama's reelection bid has not stressed efforts to manage climate change. When he is not deriding the Obama administration's support for green jobs, Mitt Romney has largely ignored the issue of climate change altogether.

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