Sandy reminds us of climate change and other forgotten campaign issues
October 30th, 2012
05:02 PM ET
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Sandy reminds us of climate change and other forgotten campaign issues

Washington (CNN) - Superstorm Sandy's ability to wreak havoc on the most populated parts of the country this week has pointed out a noticeable gap in the 2012 presidential election - how little the candidates have focused on climate change, the environment and other under-covered issues.

"With flooding in NYC and 3 feet of snow in W VA, isn't it time for candidates to address climate change and extreme weather," tweeted Darrell West, a director at the Brookings Institution, a public policy think tank.


Filed under: 2012 • Environmental policy
soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Timmeh

    You know, we never had hurricanes before this year. And I'm sure NY's never been hit by one before. The usual liberal fallback to never let a crisis or dead body go to waste and not push your agenda. Pathetic losers.

    October 30, 2012 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  2. truth hurts

    Storm hasn't even ended and the looney left is parading around their global warming, ooops climate change, nonsense. Surprised it took this long. I guess the looney tunes weren't around for the hurricane in 1938! News flash for the loons: Hurricanes are not a new occurrence.

    October 30, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  3. kayla

    truth, your party is the reason looney tunes was formed

    October 30, 2012 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  4. Gurgyl

    Drive all GOP thugs out. I mean "GOP THUGS" out in this election for this nation's sake. Obama12.

    October 30, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  5. Gurgyl

    Love you, Kayla.

    October 30, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  6. Silence DoGood

    Neither Romney nor Obama has focused on climate change because it probably polled as not getting any votes or money.
    Vote Green party for the Environment. And for the people.

    October 30, 2012 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  7. Ancient Texan

    Where is Robert Kennedy Jr. and his rant that the hurricane was caused by George Bush? Watch out for the "sky is falling" response from crazy Al.

    October 30, 2012 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  8. sonny chapman

    CLIMATE CHANGE ! Dems. in Congress can't even talk about Social Security & Medicare w/out the Tea Party Repubs. calling them Bolsheviks.

    October 30, 2012 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  9. Sorensen

    The GOP does not believe in climate change. Or evolution. Or abortion after incest. Or black people. Or latinos.
    Or 47% of the population. Or women.
    And then they lie all the time.
    You must be really stupid to vote for them

    October 30, 2012 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  10. PJ

    Yes, it is time to face the truth, even if it hurts. It is time to accept science for what it is, important and informative.
    Those who want to feed off of hate and refuse to even try to understand what is happening to our environment,
    will be the first to scream and shout when they need clean air to breath and clean water to drink, and will
    complain the government isn't doing enough to fill their needs. Well, these hot air balloons can just float around
    in their ignorance, but I will believe my eyes and ears, and certainly will listen to those who are educated on the
    I don't care much for people who spew hate, call names, and are so ignorant they don't know the truth when it
    hits them.

    October 30, 2012 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  11. News World Inside

    if we still do not aware, then one day the entire universe face Sandy

    October 30, 2012 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  12. cappa

    climate change is an issue. fact.
    (for those who don't believe in it, it is still an issue just one you don't believe in)

    climate change has not been discussed in this election. fact.

    the article addresses these facts.

    for those who'd like to squawk right or left, conservative or liberal, get over it. as the article points out it is not considered the main concern in this election. why was this article written? well, most likely because a huge storm has savaged the east coast has coincided with the final week of a presidential election.

    October 30, 2012 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  13. Larry in Houston

    >whew< LOL – – I'm glad that I'm NOT back in that welfare state – LOL – – – was born there, worked there, (til the factory shut down) lived there – for 48 years, and as a matter of fact – that IS One Thing I Did Not Bring with Me, when I moved, is a (snow shovel) I suspect someone from down here, would have to travel to Dallas – to buy one. LOL –
    But the down side is : Mosquitos YEAR 'Round – 98+ 10 months a yr – w/ a heat index of 105 or 108 – the other 2 months is when you see the mexicans at the malls – with hoodies & snow Boots ON – when it gets down to 75 degrees outside – LOL –

    May the Best Man Win – 2012

    October 30, 2012 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  14. Len

    Fact: 12 to 15 years ago Fortune Magazine printed an article written by various environmental scientist who studied climate change. They predicted we would see more storms that would be devasting and very violent. If you look at what has happened in the last 12 years, you will see (world wide) more droughts, earthquakes, floods, snowstorms, hurricanes etc. throughout the World. We have a climate change problem. Wall Street Journal yesterday, the largest aquifer in North Ameica is causing farmers in Kansas to begin rationing water. This aquifer provides water for Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Texas. Because of drought conditions for a number of years is depleting the water supply. Provides water for farming and cows. Yes, there is climate change. Science is important. Education is important. If you are concerned about the future of our children and grandchildren we need to be concerned about our environment. And folks it does affect our ECONOMY!!!!

    October 30, 2012 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  15. Thomas

    @truth hurts
    Storm hasn't even ended and the looney left is parading around their global warming, ooops climate change, nonsense. Surprised it took this long. I guess the looney tunes weren't around for the hurricane in 1938! News flash for the loons: Hurricanes are not a new occurrence.


    What bunker do you live in ?
    Your fearless drat dodging leader doesn't even believe in climate change . Not once has he even mentioned the environment .
    The truth is your Grandchildren will feel the true meaning of how the truth hurts !

    Ralph Reed , Karl Rove , Mitt Romney , Paul Ryan = GW Bush. , That's the Truth .

    October 30, 2012 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  16. Ancient Texan

    Sorensen- NOPE! The GOP doesn't believe in $16 trillion debts, 23 million Americans unemployed or underemployed, 47Million on Food Stamps, and a President that thumbs his nose at the constitution and obeys the laws he chooses.

    October 30, 2012 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  17. DENNA

    @Sorensen: Your last sentence says it all. If you are not really well-to-do, then voting Republican is not in your best interest. I don't mind you blowing up your own world, but the rest of us will have to live with the Romney/Ryan mess too, and there will be a mess.

    October 30, 2012 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  18. Stellar12

    Simple truth, there is no money for the Repubs in green energy, they are oil, gas and coal millionaires so they will never listen to the worlds scientists, or their warnings. It seems it will take a lot more devastation before some people will listen, meanwhile where would we be without FEMA???????

    October 30, 2012 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  19. Bessy

    Republicans don't believe in climate change. The big guy, their leader, Rush thinks that anybody that believes in it is " stupid ".

    October 30, 2012 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  20. Larry L

    @truth hurts

    Storm hasn't even ended and the looney left is parading around their global warming, ooops climate change, nonsense.
    Nonsense? You appear to support the scientific revelations of "Dr." Rush Limbaugh and "Dr." Glenn Beck – noted experts in absolutely nothing and no scientific experience or college credentials what-so-ever. All of the world's climatologists agree in the the rapid transition we will experience in climate change, but also in man's role to exacerbate the rate of change with burning fossil fuels. Only the ultra-right-wing morons so blinded by hate, bigotry and ignorance feel otherwise. Science is the enemy to those too fearful of change to modify their behavior and too cowardly to accept responsibility for their actions. Keep trying... you'll find a date to the prom someday.

    October 30, 2012 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  21. Observer

    The idea of global warming, might it have any merit at all? I'm asking this to those on the right, is it possible gentlemen that there a shred of truth to it?

    The argument would only hurt the President, so he wisely omitted it from the election. Although I don't believe a single republican running for office has made this his or her platform issue either, in the sense of saying there is no merit at all and the global community has made it all up as an April fools joke. That's because they would also be ridiculed for their stance. The thing most of us say though is it won't affect me. I have to say with the little time we have on this rock I feel the same from time to time. Then I think about my boys and what their children may have to face. Whether we like it or not, its happening. Cause is irrelevant. Action of any sort to try and mitigate the damage is a good thing.

    As for hurricanes coming to the interior in 1954 hurricane Hazel created plenty of chaos for the city of Toronto, some 80 people lost their lives, a foot of water fell in 48hrs.

    This doesn't mean one way or another whether or not there is credence to global warming, but I do know I've seen the weather change pretty drastically in my 50 years on this rock.

    Lucid One

    October 31, 2012 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  22. Romney donate ur stolen $

    To ths natural disaster then you'll be forgiven. You do believe, right?...

    October 31, 2012 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  23. Leland Palmer

    Each degree Celsius of temperature increase increases water vapor content of the atmosphere by about seven percent.

    More water vapor in the atmosphere means more heat of condensation to drive storms.

    Ocean temperatures are also much higher than usual.

    Yes, of course Sandy was partially caused by global warming. The oil corporations, and the Koch controlled Tea Party would rather not admit it, but yes, of course Sandy was a product of global warming.

    It's obvious to anyone with half a brain and half an eye that these are not normal events, and this is not routine weather.

    October 31, 2012 12:57 am at 12:57 am |