In his 2008 election campaign, Barack Obama made climate change one of his top priorities, making several grand promises to reface American consumption, use cleaner energy, and create jobs while doing it, http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/19/us/politics/19climate.html?_r=4. A recent article from World News Australia has noticed how it is weirdly absent from the current election: http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1697495/US-Election:-What-happened-to-climate-change. Since 2008, even more research has been done to expose humans as having a significant effect on the climate, yet in his 2012 election campaign, Barack has all but ignored climate issues. More and more people have a great opportunity to become educated on climate change, and with that education, increasingly worried; yet, it remains absent from his current platform. As one of the most pressing issues of our time, it is unfathomable that it is to be placed on the back burner, and cast under a shadow of doubt, especially in the most powerful country in the world’s political agenda.
The question is: why? Some people blame the media because so much of climate change information, through outlets like Fox News, have been vastly incorrect, misleading, and unreliable. Therefore, since common media outlets are the vast majority of the population’s main information source, those without an actual understanding of the truth, are being influenced by the misconceptions portrayed in news. This can have disastrous effects, for example, half of Americans believe that most scientists believe that global warming isn’t even occurring. Research has proved that if a published consensus of climate change was done, it would impact the amount of support that climate change would get. Yet, the president himself is neglecting to stress the importance of the issue.
It is also not helpful that one of the most powerful political parties, The Republicans, are purposefully casting doubt on the matter of climate change in the minds of average American citizens. Presidential candidate Romney refuses to support climate change science. This has potential to be detrimental to the future of climate change science, but also can greatly impact the climate itself. If Romney is put in office, and refuses to support the research of climate change, it is fair to assume that he will not to anything to actually help reduce the negative impact that humans have on the environment in the heavily polluted US, only adding to the problem. Also, since America is such an influential country, many other countries in the world may adopt their lassiez-faire mentality, and start questioning the validity of climate change, even though the truth stares them in the face. This is a problem that cannot be ignored for long, and the US presidential candidates need to wake up and realize this. As Mr. Obama said in 2008: “Now is the time to confront this challenge once and for all. Delay is no longer an option. Denial is no longer an acceptable response.”