Presidential Debates and Global Warming

It is shocking that global warming and climate change were not mentioned in Tuesday’s debate. The consensus of the world scientific community is that that the release of heat-trapping gases is the primary cause of global warming and climate change, and that fossil fuels are the chief source of elevated levels of CO2 in the atmosphere.

Mitt Romney made it clear that he and his party plan to accelerate production of oil, natural gas, and coal toward making America energy independent. They assert that environmental regulations must not stand in the way of energy production. They fully support the Keystone XL pipeline to transport bituminous crude from Canada’s tar sands to Texas refineries, considered by environmentalists a guarantee of more decades of high CO2 release. The Republican position on solar and wind potential is to let them compete in the market place.

By contrast, President Obama has said that global warming is real, not a hoax, and has shown leadership in extending incentives for the development of clean energy alternatives as part of the “all of the above” mix of energy sources the U.S. must pursue.

Future generations will judge our generation’s responses to the challenge to protect and preserve earth’s natural systems that, in fact, support human life. Voters have clear choices in November.