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Obama, Romney, PBS Let Americans Down Big Time

800 lb gorilla ignored in last night's debate

Obama: The first role of the federal government is to keep the American people safe.”

Romney: “We have a responsibility to protect the lives and liberties of our people, and that means a military second to none," he said. "I do not believe in cutting our military. I believe in maintaining the strength of America's military.”

Based on these two comments from the debate last night, one would conclude that President Obama would never avoid talking about a serious national security issue and that Mitt Romney respects the opinion of our military leaders. And, being a Republican, one might also assume Romney respects the opinions of our financial experts.

WRONG, and WRONG, and WRONG.

Dr. Georges Benjamin, Executive Director of the American Public Health Association, made this point quite clearly in his recent statement:

Climate change is one of the most serious health threats facing our nation. Yet few Americans are aware of the very real consequences of climate change on the health of our communities, our families and our children.

Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization, made this point even more bluntly in stating:

We need to… convince the world that humanity really is the most important species endangered by climate change.

In a 2010 statement, 33 of the top generals and admirals in the United States stated:

Climate change is making the world a more dangerous place. It’s threatening America’s security. The Pentagon and security leaders of both parties consider climate disruption to be a “threat multiplier” – it exacerbates existing problems by decreasing stability, increasing conflict, and incubating the socioeconomic conditions that foster terrorist recruitment. The State Department, the National Intelligence Council and the CIA all agree, and all are planning for future climate-based threats. America’s billion-dollar-a-day dependence on oil makes us vulnerable to unstable and unfriendly regimes.

A 2010 statement from 268 investors representing assets of more than US$15 trillion:

Several leading studies indicate that the systemic shocks to regional and global economies from climate change will be substantial and will worsen the longer world governments wait to take sufficient policy action.

So clearly our health, military, and financial experts agree that human-caused climate change poses a very real threat to our health, safety, and financial security.

But here is what each candidate said about climate change:

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Yep. Nothing at all.

PBS does not escape criticism either. More than 160,000 requests (including a letter from me) were sent to PBS asking them to include a climate change question but none were asked.

Shame on all of you.

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John K Massaro October 09, 2012 at 03:12 AM
Keep in mind, the Feds have not allowed drilling on public land due to the public outcry from the environmentalists. If it were solely up to the Feds, Big Oil companies would have bribed their way in already...
Paul Kersey October 15, 2012 at 02:02 AM
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2217286/Global-warming-stopped-16-years-ago-reveals-Met-Office-report-quietly-released--chart-prove-it.html
Scott A Mandia October 15, 2012 at 10:55 AM
http://metofficenews.wordpress.com/2012/10/14/met-office-in-the-media-14-october-2012/ I choose to accept real evidence from real experts. The writer of the article you linked to has a long history of dishonesty and misrepresentation.
Paul Kersey October 15, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Choose your experts carefully. http://www.forbes.com/sites/larrybell/2012/09/18/climategate-star-michael-mann-courts-legal-disaster/
Scott A Mandia October 15, 2012 at 02:10 PM
Larry Bell is an architect. http://profmandia.wordpress.com/2011/02/10/forbes-magazine-uses-astrologer-for-financial-advice/ So you want Patch Readers to trust an architect with ZERO climate science research? Would you trust an architect to diagnose you as healthy if 98% of the actual medical experts told you that you were sick? Nobody wants man-made global warming to be true but it is foolish to believe what sounds good versus believing what is actually true because that truth hurts. Instead of denying the facts, why not engage on the policy front so you have a reasonable voice that might be heard. When you post links to those with no credibility it cannot help you to gather support for your position.

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