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Friday, October 12, 2012

The US Presidential campaigns on Global Climate Change

I have examined the "Issues" pages of the Obama and Romney campaign web sites, to see what they say about global climate change.

I found no evidence that Governor Romney's campaign site so much as mentions global climate change. The Issues page of that site does include a link to an Energy page, which is here. However, lest I mis-characterize Mr. Romney on the subject, I quote my own blog, from July 1 of this year: ". . . Republican Presidential candidates Mitt Romney and John Huntsman believe that the climate is changing globally, and that humans are influencing that." At that time, when the Republican candidates for President were interested in support from my state, South Carolina (There was a debate between them in South Carolina) the state's most widely circulated newspaper had an article which was my source. That article is no longer available, as far as I can determine. I don't know if Romney still holds to that view. He has changed his views on several issues, apparently. The other Republican candidates for President, at that time, did not agree with Romney and Huntsman, but Romney is the candidate.

President Obama's campaign site also has an Energy page, under Issues, which is here. The only mention of climate change is a graphic, which says "climate change is not a hoax."

In case you didn't know it, there are some people who believe that "Global warming is the liberal hoax that the world is becoming dangerously warmer . . ." 

Both major party candidates said more about global climate change, leading up to the 2008 election, than either of the candidates are saying this time.

The Green Party, as would be expected, has a lot more to say about the subject than the two major parties.

Thanks for reading.

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Added on October 19, 2012: Shell, Chevron, and BP all state that there is such a thing as Global Climate Change, and that using fossil fuels contributes to this. So does Exxon Mobil.

8 comments:

FancyHorse said...

I know the earth is warming, there is no doubt about that. We can see it in our own weather patterns, and scientists have shown us that the polar ice is shrinking. How much of it is due to man's influence and how much to normal warming and cooling rhythms I don't know. I think we, humans, should do what we can to lessen any impact we might have, and find ways to adapt to the coming and present changes.

God cares about His creation. His word says "I will destroy those who destroy the earth." Rev. 11:18.

Martin LaBar said...

Thanks, FancyHorse.

The world is becoming dangerously warmer.

atlibertytosay said...

But, is it becoming dangerously warmer due to a cause of mankind?

I'd question the dramatic "dangerously" too.

There seems to be a lot of factors that are contributing to a slight warming.

The southern ice caps are actually expanding.

No conspiracies … many globalist socialists like Maurice Strong admit that global warming is a tool of control. Strong is credited with the first presentation to the UN of global warming.

Martin LaBar said...

See this Exxon Mobil web page:

http://www.exxonmobil.com/Corporate/safety_climate.aspx

To quote it: "Rising greenhouse gas emissions pose significant risks to society and ecosystems."

It seems to be true that the Southern Polar Ice Cap is expanding. A change in climate causes not just a rise in temperature, but changes in precipitation patterns. The Southern Ice Cap increase appears to be a result of that. Other changes in precipitation pattern (which won't all be increases, of course) are expected to have more direct effects on agriculture and other human activity, most of them negative. There will be ecosystem effects, too.

Thanks for your comment, atlibertytosay.

Philip Smith said...

And to be clear … Exxon in particular has had to do a lot of bending after the Valdez incident.

There's no doubt that we should do our best for cleaner air and stewardship of our environment.

I just think that most that think doubters of manmade global warming also have a death wish for our planet and that just isn't so.

Martin LaBar said...

Exxon's admission of the dangers of global climate change are pretty recent. The Exxon Valdez mess was over 20 years ago.

Exxon isn't the only oil company that has accepted that global climate change is real, and is, in part, at least, caused by human activity:

http://www.triplepundit.com/2012/01/oil-companies-actually-planning-climate-change/

I don't think I have ever even hinted that doubters of global warming have a death wish for our planet, nor, so far as I know, has the idea even occurred to me until I read your comment. Some doubters are reluctant to do anything that might lead to more government control.

Some doubters are just plain ignorant, unfortunately. See Michele Bachman's speech: http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2009/04/24/172739/bachmann-harmless-co2/

That was like saying that water is natural so you can't drown in it.

Thanks for your comment.

pete d said...

Thanks for addressing this Martin. I find real climate to be the best site for climate science. It's written by the top guns in the field.

Martin LaBar said...

Thanks, pete d.

That's http://www.realclimate.org/