Senate Candidates Use Climate Change As Defining Issue

Recent polls indicate that addressing climate change is a winning issue for candidates wishing to attract independent voters. But this issue was not mentioned in the first presidential debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, despite the call to do so by 160,000 voters, the most voters ever to petition for inclusion of an issue in a presidential debate, according to Vanessa Kritzer at the League of Conservation Voters.  Nonetheless, independent and democratic senate candidates are starting to take the hint, reports Joe Romm at Climate Progress, and making it a defining wedge issue in their races. Candidates such as Independent Angus King in Maine, Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts, and Bob Kerrey of Nebraska are raising the issue to contrast themselves with their climate change denial opponents. They are also highlighting the danger of electing candidates who are in denial of what most Americans and an overwhelming consensus of scientists understand: human-driven climate change is an increasingly serious issue that must be addressed as soon as possible with action by the new incoming Congress.

Join the swelling numbers of voters telling Congress they’ll VOTE for Clean Energy candidates here: then please – spread the word. This is how YOU can make a difference.


About melharte

Mel (Mary Ellen) Harte is a biologist (PhD) and climate change educator. She co-authored the free online book, COOL THE EARTH, SAVE THE ECONOMY, available at www.CoolTheEarth.US, and writes the CLIMATE CHANGE THIS WEEK column at the HuffingtonPost. Living summers in the alpine Rockies, she is on the frontlines of watching what climate change can do. Her diagnostic digital photographs of wildflowers have appeared in numerous publications.
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