Were you listening to the Presidential Debates?

Take a closer look at what the VP and Presidential candidates were saying about climate change issues during the last few debates [not yesterday’s, though]. Courtesy of EON….

“That’s fundamental economics. We’ve got to drill offshore, my friends, and we’ve got to do it now, and we can do it.” – John McCain
It’s okay, he’s our friend. We can trust him.

“I’m not one to attribute every man — activity of man to the changes in the climate”
The chant is “drill, baby, drill.” And that’s what we hear all across this country in our rallies because people are so hungry for those domestic sources of energy to be tapped into.” – Sarah Palin
Is oil what you’re hungry for?
I’m hungry for renewable energy!

“I favor nuclear power as one component of our overall energy mix.” – Barack Obama
“Look, I — I was on Navy ships that had nuclear power plants. Nuclear power is safe, and it’s clean, and it creates hundreds of thousands of jobs.” – John McCain
Nuclear energy may be safe, but it always produces hazardous waste that we have to dump on someone else.

Barack Obama and John McCain both support clean coal.
“Clean” is not a word that normally leaps to mind for a commodity some spoilsports associate with unsafe mines, mountaintop removal, acid rain, black lung, lung cancer, asthma, mercury contamination, and, of course, global warming. And yet the phrase “clean coal” now routinely turns up in political discourse, almost as if it were a reality.
-Richard Conniff, Yale Environment360

“My record for 25 years has supported clean coal technology”
– Joe Biden
Fact: Clean Coal’ really means burning dirty coal and pretending that some time in the future you’ll put a cap on the smokestack.

“But there are real changes going on in our climate. And I don’t want to argue about the causes. What I want to argue about is, how are we going to get there to positively affect the impacts?” – Sarah Palin

16 thoughts on “Were you listening to the Presidential Debates?

  1. Anonymous

    Nuclear is not “clean,” ecosafe or viable in the short or long term. Let’s start thinking about a post-carbon, localized society.

  2. Anonymous

    Nuclear is not “clean,” ecosafe or viable in the short or long term. Let’s start thinking about a post-carbon, localized society.

  3. Katrina

    On nuclear energy – Jim Hansen, claims that, though we need to be working toward other renewable energy sources, to get off coal in the next 10-20 years (which, according the GISS is necessary to prevent irreparable damage to our environment (beyond the animal and plant species which have already gone extinct)), we need to use nuclear power. He states: “I am almost coming to the conclusion that, despite the objections of hardened environmentalists, next generation nuclear power may be necessary, especially for China and India — it seems that it may be a Hobson’s choice for environmentalists — nuclear power or else.” (source: personal e-mail)

  4. Katrina

    On nuclear energy – Jim Hansen, claims that, though we need to be working toward other renewable energy sources, to get off coal in the next 10-20 years (which, according the GISS is necessary to prevent irreparable damage to our environment (beyond the animal and plant species which have already gone extinct)), we need to use nuclear power. He states: “I am almost coming to the conclusion that, despite the objections of hardened environmentalists, next generation nuclear power may be necessary, especially for China and India — it seems that it may be a Hobson’s choice for environmentalists — nuclear power or else.” (source: personal e-mail)

  5. Anonymous

    Oh thank you for saying that! No one ever questions how Obama gets away scot free with everything.

  6. Anonymous

    Oh thank you for saying that! No one ever questions how Obama gets away scot free with everything.

  7. Anonymous

    I don’t understand the point of this post. I think most people have proven themselves capable of making fun of the candidate on their own, without EON’s unsourced comments.

  8. Anonymous

    I don’t understand the point of this post. I think most people have proven themselves capable of making fun of the candidate on their own, without EON’s unsourced comments.

  9. Anonymous

    The only candidates with decent environmental platforms are Ralph Nader and Cynthia McKinney. Neither McCain nor Obama are serious about fighting global warming or ongoing ecocide. 20% of reptiles are in immediate risk of extinction. 40% of mammals, including 80% of primates! Commercial fishing will disappear within about 30 years because of overfishing. And the list goes on…What is Obama going to do about this?

  10. Anonymous

    The only candidates with decent environmental platforms are Ralph Nader and Cynthia McKinney. Neither McCain nor Obama are serious about fighting global warming or ongoing ecocide. 20% of reptiles are in immediate risk of extinction. 40% of mammals, including 80% of primates! Commercial fishing will disappear within about 30 years because of overfishing. And the list goes on…What is Obama going to do about this?

  11. merodriguez

    I love how distorted Wesleyan is politically. There were no ridiculous quotes from Obama in this post.

  12. merodriguez

    I love how distorted Wesleyan is politically. There were no ridiculous quotes from Obama in this post.

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