For The First Time Since 1988 Global Warming Wasn’t Mentioned During A Presidential Debate

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A sign, perhaps, that the global warming alarmists have lost?

This is the first time since 1988 that climate hasn’t been mentioned in the presidential debate cycle, Johnson of Climate Silence said in a post that provides partial transcripts to the contests. Back then, Republican vice presidential candidate Dan Quayle said, “the greenhouse effect is an important environmental issue.”

In 2008, Obama and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) discussed efforts to reduce emissions in three debates, including in one presided over by last night’s moderator, Bob Schieffer. Their running mates also talked about it, with Sarah Palin (R-Alaska) touching on the dangers faced by her home state.

This year’s omissions make the prospects cloudy for climate action in the next four years, whether the nation is led by Obama or Romney.

What may be part of the problem (from the perspective of the greenies, anyway) is the fact that America’s carbon emissions have been declining significantly thanks in no small part to a shift from coal power to natural gas, something made possible by America’s fracking-fueled energy boom.

What may also be part of the problem is the utter collapse of the “green energy” industry under Obama. Whether we’re talking about solar power or wind power, boondoggles like Solyndra and others have proven to Americans that the government cannot simply wave its regulatory wand, and throw about subsidies and loans, and make green energy work. There’s a little matter of the free market to consider, and the truth about solar and wind is that they don’t work.

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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