08 Nov '11, 9pm

Might global warming just emerge as a major 2012 election issue? Not so far-fetched. via @Yalemediaforum

Imagine this: Climate change might actually become an election year issue to reckon with. It’s pretty well understood that environmental issues aren’t a major factor in U.S. national elections. Global warming, endangered species, and pollution aren’t kitchen table concerns like the economy, health care, and war. Which is not to say green issues play no role in electoral politics. In close elections, a candidate’s stance on a particular local or state issue can help determine the outcome. For example, in the perfect storm that hit Al Gore in the 2000 Presidential campaign, Ralph Nader relentlessly attacked the former Vice President on an Everglades-related issue that is believed to have cost Gore at least 10,000 votes in Florida, which, in addition to hanging chads , contributed to his losing the state and, ultimately, the election. Commentary As President Obama gears up fo...

Full article: http://www.yaleclimatemediaforum.org/2011/11/might-global...

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