US presidential race issues: Environment

The 2016 Elections And The 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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UNITED STATES - JULY 7: Lilyana Distler, 4, of Waldorf, Md., holds a sign during a 'play-in' protest by kids and mothers in Upper Senate Park organized by Moms Clean Air Force, July 7, 2015. About 400 gathered to support the EPA's Clean Power Plan and call attention to climate change and air pollution. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
With AFP Story by Michael MATHES: US-politics-environment-climate,INTERVIEW Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, D-RI, holds a placard which he had with him during his speeches on the floor of the Senate during an interview with Agence France-Presse at his office in the Hart Senate Office Building on May 14, 2015 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. On Monday, May 18, 2015, the two-term Democrat offers his 100th Senate floor speech on climate change -- an unprecedented three-year odyssey demanding Republicans address one of the more pressing concerns of the 21st century. AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 18: poses backstage during Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day on National Mall to end extreme poverty and solve climate change on April 18, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images for Global Citizen)
LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 24: (L-R) American Association of Blacks in Energy President and CEO Paula Jackson, U.S. Country President for the United States at Alstom Amy Ericson, CEO and Board Member of Advanced Microgrid Solutions Susan Kennedy, Chairman of Smart Wires Inc. Tom Voss and Director of the Advanced Research Projects AgencyÐEnergy Dr. Ellen Williams participate in a panel discussion at the National Clean Energy Summit 8.0 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center on August 24, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Political and economic leaders are attending the summit to discuss a domestic policy agenda to advance alternative energy for the country's future. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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.


In an interview with 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.
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