It’s funny, but here we are facing the most existential threat to the human race since Britney Spearsskinny jeanshipsters the Cuban missile crisis, and neither of the presidential candidates has addressed climate change in a substantive way. Actually, that’s not funny, that’s sad.
Obama did talk about global warming in a recent interview with Rolling Stone, and later today we’ll post a short interview he did with MTV about climate change. Governor Romney, not so much.
Of course, although none may be greater than global warming, but there are far more issues facing the environment than just that. Ocean acidification. The commercialization of the Arctic as we head to ice-free summers. The collapse of fisheries. Dying reefs. Bark beetles. Wildfires and fire suppression. The challenges of renewal energy, from fights over where to put solar farms to the difficulty keeping birds safe around wind turbines. The true costs of fracking. Assaults on the EPA.
The list goes on. There’s the new sagebrush rebellion, with states like Utah and Arizona trying to grab federal lands for themselves (in AZ’s case, the Grand Canyon). Onshore and offshore drilling. Dam removal. Water use in an increasingly arid Southwest. Human-wildlife interaction.
Seriously, the issues affected by your choice of president are legion — and that extends to the House and Senate, plus your local reps, too. It is the nature of political campaigns to be simplistic, reductionist, and emotional, but to ignore these more earthy challenges seems to be cynical and irresponsible — at best. Or maybe it really is all about “jobs.”
Now, I know I’m opening a can of worms by asking a political question, but please let’s keep your commentary to the query at hands — the importance of environment to your vote. If you want to throw mud at the other guy, there’s another place for that. It’s called Facebook.
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