IT’S ABOUT FRACKING TIME-Hurricane Sandy Abruptly Puts Climate Change on the Election Agenda

If some ‘good’ is to come out of the destruction and devastation of Hurricane Sandy, it is that it will hopefully put the subject of climate change front and center in the national dialogue. This story by Ecowatch summarizes the issue.

By Tom Mitchell

Last week, both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney stressed their commitment to developing oil and gas to improve energy security. Climate change was not mentioned. This position is senseless. The U.S. Midwest has just experienced the worst drought in 60 years, one which has seen economic growth depressed by 0.4 percent GDP as a result and higher food prices resulting from a 13 percent drop in corn production. As the East Coast slowly emerges from the deluge and debris of the past 24 hours, the job of counting the cost has only just begun.

The evidence suggests the U.S. public has already woken up to the need for a change—70 percent now believe the climate is changing and a greater percentage than before want a switch to clean energy. Ignoring numbers like that may be rather more difficult now for both campaigns.

Scientists recently concluded that the drought was made 20 times more likely by climate change and it seems the U.S. public agree. So the message for the politicians is as clear as it can be—more oil and gas equals more extreme weather and other climate change impacts, all of which equal greater economic losses.    Full Story

Read why Nicholas D. Kristof said 10/31/12 in the New York Times why San offers a window into the way ahead.


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