“I had that question for all of you climate change people,” said Candy Crowley, in the post-debate coverage last night. But she didn’t ask it because, “you know, again, we knew that the economy was still the main thing.” (Stephen Lacey has the full scoop on the debate at Climate Progress. Or save time and just poke yourself in the eye with a stick.)
The candidates didn’t actually contradict climate reality per se of course. They didn’t talk about it at all. And the moderator sat on the question. This silence plays a vital role in the larger ecosystem of denial, at least as important as the explicit disinformation campaigns. And competing to demonstrate who would be the most relentless fossil fuel extractor, while remaining silent on climate — well that’s a pretty potent dose of denial, even if its not overt.
OK, “climate change people” now what? (And, WTH, is there some other kind of person? Does everybody else gain immunity from Hell and High Water by being some other kind of people, like, what, “climate stasis people”? Heck, let’s quit this beat!).
After watching the Presidential candidates almost come to blows over who would dig, drill, and burn more fossil fuel, I woke up with a massive headache.
I spent my first hour awake in numb silence. That never works for me.
So, Dr. Golden’s prescription after a hard night of watching our “leaders” wage climate denial:
1) More – and more viscous – coffee. Peets Major Dickason’s Blend. Grrrrrr.
2) Sign up and spread the word to Help End the Climate Silence.
3) Crowdfund this great short video of young activists in Florida calling on the Presidential candidates to get real about climate in the final debate.
4) Watch Bill Moyers interview with James Balog, the Chasing Ice photographer.
5) Sign up for Do the Math, which begins November 7 in Seattle
And as always, every day is better, the more time we spend on our own little fossil fuel divestment campaigns: I’m going for a bike ride at lunch.