Bill Nye the Science Guy, a scientist and educator, was asked about President Obama’s stance on climate change and his relative silence on the subject. Nye told CNN that if he was “disappointed,” it was the media he was “disappointed” with for not asking the candidates questions about the environment.
He said, “I think if the media asked him, asked both of these people who are running for president of the United States, about climate change, they’d have to respond.”
Nye followed up this thought saying, “The environment is a very important issue. I guess, if I understand this, it’s fallen by the wayside for a few months while we talk about the economy.” Nye made it clear that he believes part of fixing the economy is addressing climate change issues associated with the environment.
He said, “I hope we ask questions of all the politicians: ‘how do you feel about the environment, how does it fit into your economic plan?’ In general, I will claim, I don’t think this is extraordinary, when the quality of your environment goes down your quality of life goes down, especially the economics. When you can’t get water to cool power plants, when you can’t get water to water your crops and feed people, it stresses everybody and makes the economy not do as well.”
President Obama told Rolling Stone in April that he believed that climate change would become part of his campaign and that he would become more vocal about the steps he believes need to be taken to address climate change.
Mitt Romney, on the other hand, doesn’t really want to address climate change issues. In October of 2011, Romney touched on the subject with Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania . He said, “My view is that we don’t know what’s causing climate change on this planet. And the idea of spending trillions and trillions of dollars to try to reduce CO2 emissions is not the right course for us.”
Scientists don’t want to blame all extreme weather cases on climate change but many scientists are beginning to see a clear connection. A U.N. report to be released in 2014 will discuss the impacts of climate change and the rise of extreme weather events.