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There should have been a fourth debate and that debate should have been dedicated to all things environment.  The environment covers a lot of issues, from natural resources including fossil fuels and other natural energy resources to their alternatives that we need to be discussing now.

It also includes Climate Change and our complete inability to act as a Country due to the deep partisan divide regarding what many scientists have declared as settled.  It's happening and we have little time to act.  So what are these two men going to do to act now, now four years from now, not ten.  We need to act now.  Where is our leadership on this dire global issue that will far out weight the deficit as an issue for our children and their children to come?

As David Atkins so perfectly stated, "A generation from now, historians will laugh at us for being more afraid of Iran than Climate Change".

The other issues are also related to Climate Change which our very lives depend on.  Food!  How we grow it and where we will grow it in the future.  From our use of heinously ridiculous and dangerous farming practices that puts more pollution in our environment and our bodies (fertilizers, pesticides and antibiotics because of CAFO's and large industrialized farming) to our refusal to see how farming subsidies affect our food choices and how it sets our national eating trends.  

GMO's anyone?

What about protecting our National Parks and open spaces?

What about our Oceans and the ongoing issue of overfishing and exploitation of it's resources.  Acidification?  What about our use of sonar and its affects on marine mammals off the coasts?

Water?  What about the water issue that continues to be the elephant in the room that no one wants to talk about.  We only have so much fresh water and we refuse to deal with how we will keep it clean, transport it and use it wisely!

What about our crumbling energy infrastructure?  Our power Grid?  

Transportation?  How are we going to continue to reduce carbon emissions, pollution, mercury and other pollutants that are harming our environment, our health and our future?

These issues are not mutually exclusive, they all relate to the environment and there are so MANY more!

The fact that our news media refuses to address these issues in the debates is appalling to me.  There is no dollar bill without clean air.  There is no nightly news without drinking water and food to eat.  Our entire civilization breaks down when we cannot function on the simple things we need to survive.

When I read to my 9 year old that in 20 years all big cats will probably be extinct she began to cry.  Not just little tears, but sobbing.  My daughter gets that, she wanted to know what she COULD DO.  She felt the urgency of now, that what we do now matters and when I explained habitat loss, poachers and climate change she wanted to know why we weren't doing more?

Why aren't we doing more?  Why aren't the adults DOING MORE?

It's a good question.  But no one asked any of those questions in the debates and I for one was very disappointed as well.  We have a duty to our children and grandchildren to try to do our best to try to remember that the planet is our home and we must do more to save her.

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  •  Tip Jar (9+ / 0-)

    My 8-year-old, Charlotte, asked if Herman Cain's tax plan was called, "Mine, mine, mine!"

    by Ellinorianne on Tue Oct 23, 2012 at 10:48:38 AM PDT

  •  As much as I'd like it to be an important issue... (1+ / 0-)
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    txcatlin

    It's  not.

    Not even remotely on the radar in voters minds.  Let's get him a 2nd term, then start pushing.

  •  It is criminal to have the most powerful country (4+ / 0-)

    in the world afraid to talk about climate change in a presidential election. No wonder the Europeans are mystified by us.

    And the only time I heard Romney show interest in federal land was when he said he didn't know why the government owned so much of it and he wanted to open more of it to energy exploitation. That's his "environmental agenda."

    Refuge Watch -- news from America's national wildlife refuges

    by Naturegal on Tue Oct 23, 2012 at 11:04:20 AM PDT

  •  But "debates" has two e's in it !?! (3+ / 0-)

    Kabuki theater on the deck of the Titanic.

    muddy water can best be cleared by leaving it alone

    by veritas curat on Tue Oct 23, 2012 at 11:06:39 AM PDT

  •  completely agree (3+ / 0-)

    Water is my area of expertise...but I'm not surprised at all to not hear a single word about it.  With Economy at the forefront, Environment doesn't stand a chance.  And we know that a debate would not be fact-based.  As much as I wish we would discuss it, I think we get Obama re-elected on the issues people have on their radar and then we put it on his second-term agenda.  

    But I'm so very glad you brought it up!

  •  The answer to the question is uncomfortable... (3+ / 0-)

    and gets you hated by half the community.

    Here's a hint:


    ©priceman

    And another one: Clean Coal isn't real despite what our President says.

    And of course this: New Mileage Standards Encourage More Gas-guzzling, Not Less: Report

    The Obama administration finalized new fuel economy rules Tuesday, boasting new requirements that are slated to double fuel efficiency of new cars and trucks sold in the US over the next 13 years; however, environmental scientists at the Center for Biological Diversity warned Tuesday that the new numbers are misleading in the complex regulations. Due to loopholes in the plan, total greenhouse gas emissions from cars and light trucks will actually increase from 2017 through 2025 and over the long term.

    According to the new standards, the average fuel economy must reach 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025, up from 28.6 mpg at the end of last year. Automakers will now be required to introduce new technology to improve gasoline-powered engines as well as develop more alternative fuel vehicles to meet the new standards.

    However, according to CBD, several loopholes in the rules will actually allow an increase in total greenhouse gas emissions. The rules titled, "Corporate Average Fuel Economy, or CAFE," allows automakers to produce cars with poorer mileage by using credits acquired by selling natural gas and electric vehicles, changing air conditioning fluid to one that pollutes less, and placing louvers on car grilles to improve aerodynamics.

    And also expect the keystone pipeline to be signed into law and expect people here to make excuses for it because there's always another election, but not always another planet.

    ‎"Bipartisan usually means that a larger-than-usual deception is being carried out." - George Carlin / Help get $ out of politics! Vote for my artwork!

    by priceman on Tue Oct 23, 2012 at 12:10:17 PM PDT

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