05 Oct '12, 5pm

What's the Best Climate Question to Debate?

A lot of the post-debate buzz about President Obama’s soporific performance (as Jon Stewart made clear, it was not the Denver altitude! ) may have been rendered moot by today’s jobs data . But there’s still plenty to discuss. As you undoubtedly know, despite a blitz of signature drives and online chatter (centered on the Twittter hashtag #climatesilence ), there was no mention of global warming in the presidential debate on domestic issues. (Bill Becker, the executive director of the Presidential Climate Action Project , offers some reasoned thoughts on that gap here .) On Twitter, I argued that this would have been the wrong venue for such a debate question because the most consequential impacts from climate extremes (whatever mix of forces triggered them) and the vast majority of growth in greenhouse-gas emissions are outside United States borders. Global warming, both i...

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