TAG: Climate silence

Silence Finally Broken

Climate change issues

Despite climate change getting little attention during last year’s Presidential campaign, President Obama finally addressed the issue in a press conference a week after the election. According to MediaMatters, from August 1st to November 6th, television news coverage outside of MSNBC of climate change totaled 51 minutes. To give further perspective on the miniscule amount of time given to climate change, after the vice presidential debate, 91 minutes of television news coverage, again outside of MSNBC, were allotted to Joe Biden’s smiles and other aspects of body language toward Paul Ryan. A piece of “news” which had the lifespan of… read more

Continued Climate Silence

Climate change silence

Climate change and the environment have been largely ignored by both the Obama and Romney campaigns, but the debates offered another hope for environmentalists and progressives for a discussion on solutions and strategies to combat climate change. However, it has been more of the same, with no mentions of the subject and still ignored. Worse yet, the debate moderators, Jim Lehrer and Candy Crowley, had the option to ask about climate change, but decided against it, favoring questions on the economy. The decision is fair, albeit annoying—the economy is an important issue which needs to be discussed, and voters are… read more

Silence Broken on Climate

Climate change

The last debate was a long shot to hear anything about climate change, but there were certain topics which would have allowed either candidate to at least bring the issue to the forefront. However, no such thing occurred, and for the first time in nearly 25 years, climate change has not been brought up in a presidential debate cycle. The third-party candidates have been discussing climate change though, but there has been little coverage of third-parties, unfortunately. Despite climate change not being directly addressed in the debates, there are clues to how either candidate would act on climate change and… read more