Will Climate Change be a 2012 Campaign Issue?

In the New York Times magazine, Judith Warner assesses the collective GOP stance on global warming and speculates:

Whoever emerges as the Republican presidential candidate in 2012 will very likely have to embrace climate-change denial.

I think she’s right, which means an issue that normally doesn’t factor into national elections may well have a high profile in the 2012 Presidential campaign. That’s because the likely stance of the Republican candidate will contrast glaringly with that of President Obama, who, despite his rhetorical shift in the 2010 State of the Union address, believes that global warming represents an existential threat.

Of course, since Independents are the big prize in a general election, how they poll on climate change next year may determine whether or not the GOP really flogs the issue as part of their campaign plank.


Category: 2012 Presidential campaign, climate change, climate politics

A Dead End Dialogue

Freeman Dyson and Steve Connor, the science editor of The Independent, had a long email conversation that neither found very satisfying.


Category: climate change, Journalism

Doomsday Chronicles, cont’d

Mike Tidwell, a journalist turned activist, has published a how-to-ride-out-the-climate apocalypse instructional in The Washington Post. Years ago, global warming had already put Tidwell on high alert. But events in the last year have elevated his personal threat level:

Now I’m changing my life again. Today, underneath the solar panels, there’s a new set of deadbolt locks on all my doors. There’s a new Honda GX390 portable power generator in my garage, ready to provide backup electricity. And last week I bought a starter kit to raise tomatoes and lettuce behind barred basement windows.

I’m not a survivalist or an “end times” enthusiast. When it comes to climate change, I’m just a realist.

Whatever you say, but it sure sounds like you’re drinking from the same punchbowl as these folks.


Category: climate change, doomsday, global warming