US presidential race issues: Environment
It's 2015, and we still haven't discovered any more habitable planets. So, how are we going to protect this one? The 2016 election may determine just that.
The big issues? Climate Change, oil Independence and alternative energy.
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The Republican field has a wide range of positions on climate change. One candidate, Donald Trump, thinks it's entirely China's fault. One thinks climate change isn't happening at all.Katie Couric of Yahoo News, Ted Cruz said that "satellite data shows there has been no significant recorded warming. None."
A couple that say it's just unclear, including Jeb Bush. He recently told the Daily Signal that "the climate is changing - I don't think that anybody can argue that it's not. I don't think anybody truly knows what percentage of this is manmade and which percentage is just the natural evolution of what happens over time on this planet."
Marco Rubio recently said, "I don't think there's the scientific evidence to justify it" when it comes to climate change.
And Ben Carson took it further saying, "There's always going to be either cooling or warming going on ... as far as I'm concerned ... that's irrelevant.
Not much interest from that side of the aisle to address the flooding, droughts, storms, diseases, and extinctions that scientists predict will come as the climate changes.
The Democratic candidates have a more consistent position.
Hillary Clinton has said that "climate change is an existential threat. Climate threat. Climate change is real." And Bernie Sanders has said "if we do not get our act together... will only get worse."
And the other big environmental issues that this campaign will revolve around? You're sure to see the controversial Keystone XL pipeline be a major talking point on both sides. And how to turn from burning carbon to using cleaner energy.
But if even the settled science of climate change is this partisan, then rest assured those issues will fall along party lines too.