Say, Why Has The Debate Cooled Off Regarding ‘Climate Change’?

Over at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, a few Warmists are Very Concerned that ‘climate change’ has been such a miniscule issue this campaign season, and they wonder why that is

Why the Climate Change Debate Has Cooled Off in the U.S. Election Season

As the Republican National Convention got underway on Monday in Cleveland, Ohio, the issue of climate change was conspicuous by its near total absence from the agenda.

The U.N. summit on climate change in Paris last December raised global awareness about the impact of climate change, both in the run-up to the conference and soon thereafter. But little has been achieved in the seven months since then by way of follow-up action in the U.S. and elsewhere, according to the experts. Distractions have been plenty in the U.S. and Western Europe since then, including Brexit, the influx of migrants, terrorist attacks, issues relating to the economy and the U.S. presidential elections.

However, the presidential election season is an opportune time to address climate-change issues, according to Howard Kunreuther, Wharton professor of operations, information and decisions, and co-director of the school’sRisk Management and Decision Processes Center. “The principal point is we need to have a dialog with the two [presidential] candidates about how they feel about climate change,” he said. It is also important for the candidates to acknowledge “that there is a lot that we know about it that should be put on the table,” he added.

When it comes down to it, the GOP mostly doesn’t care, and neither Trump nor Hillary really care about. Oh, sure, Hillary mentions it at her website, but, quick, think about when she really talks about it. Is this something she mentions much? How about in the past? She may be a Believer in anthropogenic climate change, but, it is not an issue that moves her. Heck, for all we know she may be a skeptic, simply throwing out the duckspeak of her unhinged base.

Why Is Everybody Quiet?

Michel-Kerjan said he had expected the subject of climate change to continue to be actively discussed in global forums after the Paris accord, given the positive mood at that time and the general feeling that “everybody moved in the right direction.” However, in the run-up to the U.S. presidential elections, issues of unemployment and terrorism have dominated debates, and those of environmental solutions have been sidelined, he noted.

In other words, most citizens really do not care that much, or care at all, especially in light of real issues. This is born out by poll after poll after poll.

Kunreuther said he wasn’t surprised that the discussions on climate change have not kept up the energy levels seen around the time of the Paris accords. He noted that the issue has been “very controversial in Congress and there hasn’t been an effort made to have a very informed discussion.”

Well, are they supposed to have a discussion on an agreement that was specifically create to avoid the need to submit it to Congress for ratification? It’s never been sent to Congress by Obama.

On the other hand, Kunreuther said “the general public is concerned about climate change,” citing studies conducted by Anthony Leiserowitz, director of the Yale Project on Climate Change at Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. He said he was surprised that even as public concern about climate change runs high, it hasn’t become one of the issues in the election season.

At the end of the day, though, people really do not care. Especially when you note that implementation of ‘climate change’ measures will reduce their standard of living and increase their cost of living, all for barely any change in global temperatures. And when they see the biggest believers refusing to walk the talk, why should they care?

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5 Responses to “Say, Why Has The Debate Cooled Off Regarding ‘Climate Change’?”

  1. john says:

    Tech most people now firmly believe in AGW
    That debate is pretty much over except for the climate truthers

  2. Dana says:

    The answer is simple: both the Republicans and Democrats are looking to win votes, and pushing an issue in which the only ‘solution’ put forward is to take more money out of people’s pockets is not a net vote gainer.

    The truth is that a majority want something done about global warming climate change, but they don’t want it to cost them any money or inconvenience their lives.

  3. Jeffery says:

    Global warming is a long term hazard, like obesity in the young.

    Fat guys never worry about heart attacks until they have one.

    We don’t worry about global warming until it effects us directly.

  4. Hank_M says:

    Dana, I’m not so sure a majority want something done about climate change.

    People I know simply believe that climate changes, always has, always will and that politicians are the least likely to be able to do anything about it. They’d like to see those in charge fortify the electrical grid, better safeguard our water supply, shore up anything vulnerable, things like that.

    But after years of the left predicting doom that never happens, hearing about climate models that are forever wrong, most think it’s just more scaremongering from the left.

    As to Kunreuther noting that “the general public is concerned about climate change,” not surprising when you consider that the news media always highlights and refers to extreme weather.

  5. Teapartyguardian says:

    Whenever you see; “the debate is over”, you know you’re dealing with a low information person. One who does not learn from history and one who cannot grasp logical concepts. Global Warming was Global Cooling and now is Climate Change or Disruption. The “data” is not data if it’s been tampered with or is just straight up fabricated. Lies sold as inconvenient truths and businesses sold to would be fossil fuel sheiks, should not settle anything..

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