Flying into Gibraltar on a British Airways flight, Al Gore was ready to answer any questions regarding his usage of private jets, his answer - he offsets his entire carbon footprint each year.
During his presentation Mr Gore showed pictures where ‘Mother Earth’ has been hit hardest informing that this year Kuwait had record temperatures of 53.6degrees Celsius and that extreme hot temperature covers 10% of the earth, a figure than used to be 0.1%.
Energy and green energy were hot topics during the presidential debates, but climate change didn't come up once. The candidates may be avoiding the issue because voters don't want to hear a difficult message.
In four years, climate change has gone from the elephant that blind men are trying to describe to the elephant in the room.
No one wants to talk about it. With a few exceptions, voters don't ask. And presidential candidates don't tell.
"It is very surprising to see three presidential debates and one Vice Presidential debate pass without a single mention of climate change. This is the first time this has happened since global warming hit the national stage in 1988. Global warming activists are justifiably outraged by this. After all, Obama declared in April of this year to Rolling Stone that he would make global warming a key campaign issue in 2012. Obama let down a key part of his political base by going silent on climate.
What happened? How did climate change get reduced to a comedic punch line in the 2012 presidential campaign?
Via the NY Times:
“Climate of Doubt,” a “Frontline” documentary that airs Tuesday night on PBS, explores how a movement mobilized to undermine public acceptance of the scientific consensus on global warming and on how human activity contributes to climate change.
How do we know that Pima County officials are working on what they are supposed to? And how much time do they spend on certain projects?
The Southern Arizona Business Coalition (SABC), an advocate for Rosemont, wanted to know how much time Pima County officials spent on Rosemont copper mine related business over the last two years. One of SABC’s interests was to find out if Pima County officials were using taxpayer money to aid groups that are opposed to the mine, as Pima County is.
In the hot summer of 1988, James Hansen gave his notorious and by now perfectly discredited testimony in front of the U.S. Congress in which he has predicted approximately 1 °C of warming for the following 25 years. It was an election year in America and the the first one in which the "climate will dangerously change" meme has made it to the presidential debates.
So the topic was discussed by the candidates in 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, and 2008. Six times. That's it. Thank God. The accumulating years of experience showing that a panic is unjustifiable, the public's growing knowledge of the climate science, the 2009 ClimateGate, and the natural aging process have teamed up to guarantee that the climate panic hasn't been mentioned once in the 2012 presidential debates:
US presidential debates' great unmentionable: climate change (Guardian, Suzanne Goldenberg from the U.S.)