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Fri Oct 19, 2012, 12:01 AM

Why the chill on climate change? (Eugene Robinson)

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/eugene-robinson-why-no-discussion-of-climate-change/2012/10/18/a3cd74ec-195d-11e2-aa6f-3b636fecb829_story.html?hpid=z6

Not a word has been said in the presidential debates about what may be the most urgent and consequential issue in the world: climate change.

President Obama understands and accepts the scientific consensus that the burning of fossil fuels is trapping heat in the atmosphere, with potentially catastrophic long-term effects. Mitt Romney’s view, as on many issues, is pure quicksilver — impossible to pin down — but when he was governor of Massachusetts, climate-change activists considered him enlightened and effective.

Yet neither has mentioned the subject in the debates. Instead, they have argued over who is more eager to extract ever-larger quantities of oil, natural gas and coal from beneath our purple mountains’ majesties and fruited plains.

“We have increased oil production to the highest levels in 16 years,” Obama said in Tuesday’s debate. “Natural gas production is the highest it’s been in decades. We have seen increases in coal production and coal employment.”

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Response to swag (Original post)

Fri Oct 19, 2012, 12:53 AM

1. Very true.

Not the end of the world.....not quite. But enough to screw things up for a long time and that's not a risk we can take.

Hopefully, Obama can do more in his next term......*crosses fingers*.

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Fri Oct 19, 2012, 01:42 AM

2. President Obama talked about it today on the stump . . .

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Response to EarthGurl2012 (Reply #2)

Fri Oct 19, 2012, 07:16 AM

3. Yes he did. Makes two days in a row. nt

 

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