Don't Mention It: Climate Change

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

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This week The Takeaway is examining issues ignored this election year in a short series called "Don't Mention It." Yesterday's installment involved a look at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. Today, the neglected issue on the table is climate change.

At the Republication National Convention in Tampa, the subject of climate change was reduced to a well-received punch-line for Mitt Romney. “President Obama promised to slow the rise of the oceans and to heal the planet," he said, drawing laughter from the crowd. "My promise," he concluded, "is to help you and your family.” 

President Obama did have a response to that line a week later at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, where he said, simply, "climate change is not a hoax." The president's discussion of environmental policy didn't get much farther than that, however. Now, with just over a month till voting day talk of climate change is essentially absent from campaign rhetoric of both presidential candidates. Elizabeth Kolbert, staff writer at The New Yorker, has noticed the absence of discussion of climate issues.


Elizabeth Kolbert

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Comments [8]

Kate Boccheciamp from Croton-on-Hudson, NY

I have been listening to "The Take Away" since it started (I believe it was initially in the early morning). At first, I found it kind of annoying because I just wanted to listen to the news at that hour. However, over time, the show has gotten better and better. I like the new time slot as well. I have to say that this show has become one of the most relevant, important shows on NPR. Today's show on Climate Change issues and Americans with Disabilities was excellent. Thank you so much for hanging in there and continually striving for excellence. You have hit the mark!!

Oct. 02 2012 07:59 PM

Talk about NOOOO sense of humor. Gee, Obama claiming "this is the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow" is not over promising just a tad. That Romney and crowd are poking fun at the narcissism of Obama - not climate change is clear.

Oct. 02 2012 03:17 PM
Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

The planet will survive. A new kind of animal will rise from a world underwater... Maybe dinosaurs will make a comeback. My question to Scientists is: When should we start growing corn in Canada?

Oct. 02 2012 11:30 AM

The real "potential global catastrophe" is 20 trillion dollars in debt, high unemployment, weakened US currency and the decline of the United States in the 21st Century...whatever the weather.
Global warming was always an unserious issue and just another excuse to expand government.
Al least Ryan's workout which is sardonically inserted here doesn't waste government funds and actually produces results.

Oct. 02 2012 11:15 AM
Ed from Larchmont

I don't know how much one can do to slow climate change, but this president has been in office four years. What has he done about it? Anything? His priority is abortion rights, where it should be climate change.

Oct. 02 2012 09:47 AM
Ed from Larchmont

To be more exact, in Governor Romney's comment he was poking fun at President Obama's 'messiah' image, that he would set all things right, etc.

Oct. 02 2012 09:32 AM
Ed from Larchmont

If you think President Obama will do that, you have the wrong man.

Oct. 02 2012 09:27 AM
Ed from Larchmont

This wasn't a comment about climate change, it was pointing out that President Obama wasn't helping families. Is the media's attention on Paul Ryan's workout his fault?

Oct. 02 2012 09:25 AM

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