Wednesday, June 29, 2011

If your media isn’t grilling GOP candidates on Climate Change, change your media!

 

The GOP has successfully turned the media from discussing a budgetary crisis that they caused with tax cuts and wars to one where Obama gets the blame. All the time, while the Climate Change crisis is off the table. Not only is the GOP able to manipulate the press into believing there is still doubt about human-driven Climate Change, but the GOP cleared it from being one of the major issues the press calls them on.

GOP presidential hopefuls dance around climate change - CSMonitor.com John McCain was an early and persistent supporter of cap-and-trade efforts to reduce the greenhouse gases (mainly carbon dioxide) associated with climate change. So was Newt Gingrich, who went on to make a YouTube video ad – with then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, no less – where he said, “Our country must take action to address climate change.” Now, Republican presidential hopefuls seem to be racing in the opposite direction – disavowing their past support for policy measures on climate – even any sense that there’s a problem to be addressed. (June 19, 2011) The Christian Science Monitor - CSMonitor.com

How does this work? The planet is warming; our politicians are responsible for polices to address Climate Change so we can adapt to it and mitigate it from getting worse; but one of the major political parties doesn’t want to address it because it doesn’t fit into their ideology; so, the biggest crisis of our generation goes away. Sounds a bit fishy to me.

I’m not the only one thinking this way. We need to get Climate Change into our political discussions:

'Green' positions on climate change can help all candidates, survey finds — Environmental Health News “A new national survey has found that by taking a “green position” on climate, candidates of either party can gain the votes of some citizens while not alienating others. Voters tend to favor candidates who believe that humans have contributed to global warming and that the nation should take action, according to Stanford University’s poll.” (June 29, 2011) Environmental Health News

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