Before the election, during the debates, I noticed a serious lack of discussion on climate change. My question is WHY?
Why aren’t we (as a country) talking about climate change enough, and furthermore, enacting policy changes to combat climate change? As I look deeper into the topic, I realize the relative silence in politics probably stems from the deep divide on the topic between the two major political parties.
On each of the major parties’ websites, it is stated their view on climate change. For the Democratic Party, it is clear that they believe action needs to be taken to combat the effects of climate change. The democrats believe that climate change is threatening the economy, national security, and the health and future of children. They also discuss the need for coexistence of clean energy and a major creation of good-paying jobs. They set specific goals for clean energy sources in the next ten years. They call on farmers to be partners in ensuring a nation invested in conservation and stewardship.
The mere number of times the phrase “climate change” is mentioned on each party’s platform page says something about their stance. Where the phrase is mentioned 25 times on the Democratic Party’s platform, it is only mentioned 7 times in the GOP platform. Their stance is the polar opposite (pun intended) of the democrats. They clearly state that climate change is not a pressing issue, nor should it be priority. They call out the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for being biased and unreliable. The Republican Party’s platform on the environment mainly focuses on agriculture, uncovering and harvesting all fuel reserves in a cleaner manner, giving control of these resource-rich lands to states, and reversing much of the environmental legislation created by the Obama Administration.
What can we do to ensure the priorities of our country include climate change and its disastrous effects?
– Chelsea Walters
https://www.democrats.org/party-platform#environment https://prod-cdn-static.gop.com/static/home/data/platform.pdf http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/20/opinion/climate-change-in-trumps-age-of-ignorance.html?_r=0