President Barack Obama on Campaitn Trial
President Obama Campaigning

The second Presidential candidate debate is turning out to be the most important day of the campaign for Obama – it’s D-Day.

After a poor performance during the first debate, he now faces the crucial task of pivoting the momentum back his way. What will it take for him to do that? The answer – Climate Change!

We have heard all the confusing rhetoric about the middle class, tax cuts & plugging tax loopholes, Obamacare, job creation, the economy, restoring America’s glory, Libya, military spending, etc. These are important issues but little has been said about Climate Change – the mother-load of all crises facing America and humanity.

Romney has put the squeeze on Obama on both domestic and foreign issues. The only strategy left for Obama (to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat) is to focus on Climate Change during the remaining weeks of the campaign. The strategy must show that tackling climate change will bring a more secure, prosperous and healthier future to Americans. Tackling the Climate Crisis is simply the morally responsible thing to do. It’s the right thing. Period!

There is a huge divide between Obama and Romney on Climate Change. Voters who believe that the environment and the future of their children and grandchildren is at stake have nowhere to go but to Obama.

Could it be that the Obama Campaign Team is waiting for just the right moment to capitalize on the climate change gap between Obama and Romney? Is it not time to use the climate issue to their political advantage? In a recent article “Is Climate Change the Sleeper Issue of the 2012 Election?, some organizers and strategists believe that they:

could be using the climate issue to their political advantage, especially after a summer of drought, wildfires, and record heat. Ever since the collapse of cap and trade, it’s been “strong conventional wisdom, even within major environmental organizations, that it can hurt us to talk about climate change,” explains climate strategist Betsy Taylor, whose consulting firm Breakthrough Strategies and Solutions just released a new report on the subject. “And I think that was a mistake.”

Climate Change in the American Mind
Climate Change Communication

A report by Yale University, Climate Change in the American Mind deals with the potential impact of global warming on the presidential election and highlights the following:

A new national survey finds that 11% of likely voters remain undecided about whom they will vote for President. The majority of these undecided voters say the Presidential candidates’ positions on global warming will be one of several important factors determining how they cast their vote.

The survey found that Undecideds are much more similar to likely Obama voters than likely Romney voters across a range of climate change and energy-related beliefs, attitudes, and policy preferences.

Another report on Canada.com – Climate change a ghost issue in U.S. Election – states that:

Four years ago climate change was a dominant campaign issue for Obama who promised leadership and immediate action on an international scale, but never delivered…now it is a mere phantom of that time. A ghost issue that hovers in the background of a campaign

most voters agree that the government should take steps to reduce carbon emissions…one independent poll this week found that 85 per cent of Obama voters, 83 per cent of undecided voters and 73 per cent of Romney voters believe more clean energy should be used. Four separate polls indicate that about 72 per cent support federal regulations to curb greenhouse gases from power plants, cars and factories to reduce global warming. That included 61 per cent of Republicans.

More recent polls show the climate change concern continues to be rising. People are starting to fear their future and fear is a great motivator.

The lack of leadership on the climate crisis is highlighted in several previous posts on BoomerWarrior: U.S. Elections – Where is the Leadership on the Climate Crisis?, Common Sense Revolution Needed to Tackle Climate Change, Who is Jill Stein?, Will Jill Stein (Green Party) Hurt Obama’s Chances?

Hundreds of initiatives started by ordinary Americans and organizations have failed to generate much discussion by candidates about climate change (with the exception of the Green Party candidate, Jill Stein).

Friends of the Earth, Break the Silence

 

One such group – Friends of the Earth – is advocating

for voters to break the silence and “take a stand to ensure that climate change is addressed. This year, extreme weather causing unprecedented Arctic melting and widespread drought and wildfires has shown the dire need for action. The longer the candidates refuse to take a direct, vocal stance on the issue, the more our world is endangered”

 

 

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