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Will Climate Change be a 2012 Campaign Issue?

By Keith Kloor
Feb 28, 2011 9:09 AMNov 20, 2019 5:07 AM


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In the New York Times magazine, Judith Warner assesses the collective GOP stance on global warming and speculates:

Whoever emerges as the Republican presidential candidate in 2012 will very likely have to embrace climate-change denial.

I think she's right, which means an issue that normally doesn't factor into national elections may well have a high profile in the 2012 Presidential campaign. That's because the likely stance of the Republican candidate will contrast glaringly with that of President Obama, who, despite his target="_blank">rhetorical shift in the 2010 State of the Union address, believes that global warming represents an existential threat. Of course, since Independents are the big prize in a general election, how they poll on climate change next year may determine whether or not the GOP really flogs the issue as part of their campaign plank.

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