By John Vlahakis

With the next Presidential debate on the horizon the big question in the world of green is will they or won’t they talk about the environment.  Will they discuss climate change?  Or how about clean renewable energy?  It seems that both candidates are shying away from discussing these issues at the debate level.  We’re not absolutely sure why, but they are issues that we for one would like to see them debate.  A recent poll conducted by the Pew Research Center is showing some marked difference between the supporter of the President and those who support Mitt Romney.  Only 42 percent of Romney supporters say there is strong evidence of global warming and a paltry 18 percent acknowledge its human origin. This 42 percent stands in sharp contrast to the 88 percent of Obama supporters who say that average global temperatures are on the rise and 63 percent who say it is anthropogenic.  Among Republicans overall, 48 percent say there is “solid evidence” of global warming, up from 35 percent in 2009.  Despite these numbers, at least 97 percent of the most actively publishing climate scientists and nearly a dozen of the world’s most prominent national science academies acknowledge that the world’s climate is changing as a result of increasing atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases, mostly from the burning of fossil fuels.  According to the Pew poll, 45 percent of Americans, including 58 percent of Democrats and 30 percent of Republicans, answered yes to the question “Do scientists agree earth is getting warmer because of human activity?”  The environment is obviously on people’s minds, it just doesn’t seem to be on the minds of the two candidates when it comes to debating the issues we face as a country.  That needs to change.

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