(UK Guardian) The Pentagon ranks it as a national security threat and, left unchecked, climate change is expected to cost the US economy billions of dollars every year – and yet it has proved the great unmentionable of this election campaign.
Amid unprecedented melting of the Arctic summer sea ice, new temperature records in the US and a historic drought, the last of three presidential debates wound up on Monday night without Barack Obama or Mitt Romney ever uttering the words climate change.
It was the first time since 1988, the year Congress was first briefed on the emerging threat by the scientist James Hansen, that there had been no mention of climate change in an election debate.
Perhaps they should mention the record Antarctic ice? Oh, and how about Europe having extra cold winters the last 4-5 years? And Europe having very cool springs and summers? Snow in Iraq? Early snows during the winter in the Southern hemisphere? How about abnormal cold during Al Gore’s Live Earth in South Africa and during the IPCC in Cancun? Record low years for tornadoes and landfalling hurricanes? To the rest of us, this is called “weather” as controlled by nature. Especially when the warming trend since the end of the Little Ice Age took its second break during the last 16 years (the first was the 40′s through the 70′s).
By Monday night, the debate about “climate silence” was in full voice. Al Gore weighed in, tweeting during the course of the debate: “Where is global warming in this debate? Climate change is an urgent foreign policy issue.”
Isn’t $100 million enough for Al? He appears rather greedy, wanting all sorts of cap and trade regulations to line his pockets while he travels around on fossil fueled flights.
The Green party’s presidential candidate, Jill Stein, went so far as to label Obama a climate change denier in an interview with the Guardian for his failure to discuss the issue on the campaign trail.
Other commentators argued allowances should be made for Obama’s failure to discuss climate on the campaign trail, and his middling support for environmental concerns while in the White House.
Obamanuts will excuse Obama for anything. Obama probably has one of the largest “carbon footprints” of any citizen of this planet. Hey, remember a few short months ago when Obama said that hotcoldwetdry would be a major focus of his campaign?
Joe Romm’s Climate Progress is besides themselves with no discussion of HCWD
At the end of tonight’s foreign policy debate, CBS’ Bob Scheiffer got the closest of anyone to the issue: “What do you believe is the greatest future threat to the national security of this country?” he asked.
Neither answered HCWD. Because it isn’t. The climate changes. There are many issues which are the greatest threat. Islamists. $16 trillion in debt. Unsustainable and unpayable safety net liabilities. Liberals in government killing our energy.
Time discusses why HCWD has been absent, and comes to the conclusion that it’s because most people could not give two sh*ts about this fake issue, especially when the “answers” to solving it require massive government, taxes, and loss of freedom.
Grist is also pretty bummed, naming Hillary Clinton the winner of the debate, since she recently talked about HCWD.
If you Warmists want “climate change” to be a viable political issue, then you should lead the way and give up your fossil fueled vehicles, refuse to take fossil fueled flights, unplug every appliance when not in use, stop using your icemaker, give up your unsustainable Smartphone, only buy local, take two minute showers, and restrict yourselves to 2 sheets of TP.