Candidates Ignore Climate Change Debate

The SF Chronicle again front-pages important, but otherwise missing news. David Baker on the gaping, dangerous silence in the room.  The gas is drifting into the party but no one wants to mention it and destroy the good time, or embarrass the hosts.


“The silence of Gov. Romney and President Obama on climate change is deafening,” said Erich Pica, president of the environmental group Friends of the Earth Action.

His organization has launched a campaign called Climate Silence to inject global warming into the presidential race, working with another group called Forecast the Facts. The campaign’s website features photos of Obama and Romney with duct tape over their mouths.

“Voters deserve to know where they stand on the most serious threat to our nation,” Pica said in a news release. “Anyone who is elected to lead the country – or aspires to do so – should realize that true leadership means a willingness to engage difficult issues, not sweep them under the rug.”

Nine environmental groups circulated petitions asking journalist Jim Lehrer, the moderator of Wednesday’s debate, to press the candidates on global warming. About 160,000 people signed.

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