Do the Presidential Candidates Care About Climate Change? ~ Jeremy Hance

Via elephant journal
on Oct 10, 2012
get elephant's newsletter
Source: via google image search

The first hour-and-a-half long debate between President Barack Obama and ex-governor Mitt Romney ended without a single reference to climate change.

Frustrated with the lack of discussion on the issue from both candidates, environmental activists sent a petition with over 160,000 signatures to debate moderator, Jim Lehr, urging him to ask a question about climate change.

The petition fell on deaf ears.

“Although Barack Obama and Mitt Romney sprinkle their speeches with mentions of energy and climate, they have remained stubbornly silent on the immediate and profound task of phasing out a carbon-based economy,” reads the website at Climate Science, which hosted the petition.

“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.”

The U.S. has suffered from a record drought as well as several record heatwaves and fires this year. In fact, July 2012 was the warmest month ever recorded in the U.S., including beating summer records from the Dust Bowl.

In addition, just last month saw a new record low for Arctic sea ice extent, an event that took most scientists by surprise due to the scale of the melt.

Although climate change was a visible part of Obama’s 2008 campaign, he has barely mentioned the issue over the past years, following a failed attempt to pass climate legislation and stalled action internationally.

For his part, Romney has recently been shifting his language on climate change during his long campaign. He recently questioned whether or not it is man-made, i.e. linked to greenhouse gas emissions—and made the issue the butt of a joke in his Republican National Convention Speech.

The world has warmed by 0.8 degrees Celsius (1.44 degrees Fahrenheit) since the early Twentieth Century, with experts overwhelming pointing to a rise in greenhouse gas emissions, especially carbon, as the cause.

In recent research, scientists have made increasingly convincing links between climate change and a rise in droughts and heatwaves.

Scientists also expect climate change over time to swamp low-lying coastal areas and islands, threaten global agriculture, propel mass extinctions, melt glaciers, acidify the oceans and possibly increase global conflict and insecurity.


 *Adapted from Nary a mention of climate change during U.S. presidential debate on provides news, information, and analysis on environmental issues, with a special focus on tropical rainforests. The web site features more than 70,000 photos and has a section about forests for children available in nearly 40 languages.






Editor: Bryonie Wise

Like elephant green on Facebook.



About elephant journal

elephant journal is dedicated to "bringing together those working (and playing) to create enlightened society." We're about anything that helps us to live a good life that's also good for others, and our planet. >>> Founded as a print magazine in 2002, we went national in 2005 and then (because mainstream magazine distribution is wildly inefficient from an eco-responsible point of view) transitioned online in 2009. >>> elephant's been named to 30 top new media lists, and was voted #1 in the US on twitter's Shorty Awards for #green content...two years running. >>> Get involved: > Subscribe to our free Best of the Week e-newsletter. > Follow us on Twitter Fan us on Facebook. > Write: send article or query. > Advertise. > Pay for what you read, help indie journalism survive and thrive.


3 Responses to “Do the Presidential Candidates Care About Climate Change? ~ Jeremy Hance”

  1. well how is that fair if 2 dogs get inside & the other one doesn't that is pure cruelty! no dog should be outside in that cold weather! they can even die if it gets to cold! fall asleep & they don't wake up! my advice is if you cant keep it inside then give it to someone that will take good care for the poor thing!

  2. […] The average gamer will spend thousands of hours playing video games by the time they reach adulthood. But, the most popular games among some demographics —shoot-em-up and sports games—don’t seem to offer many dividends to society or the environment. […]

  3. Nils Montan says:

    Many of us will vote Democratic and in this election in order to try and stem the tide of the vicious right wing in the USA. That's fine and understandable. If you care about the environment at all, it's time to get over the two party system cartel in the country and get behind the policies and candidates of America's Green Party for the next four years. Please visit: