Global warming took a backseat to other political issues in 2012 with no proposed legislature about the issue at all. However, the issue was far from going away as the weather this year was a big reminder. The year saw the hottest temperatures, a major drought and one of the worst superstorms to ever go on record.
This was the year climate change vanished from the political agenda—and then suddenly reappeared, after Hurricane Sandy shook the country.
It was just a few years ago that President Obama flew to Copenhagen to rescue faltering climate-treaty talks amid bipartisan calls for global warming action. But in 2012, there wasn’t a single congressional proposal or hearing on climate legislation. Neither was there mention of climate change on the presidential campaign trail, or in the debates for the first time in decades.
In the rare instances that climate change surfaced in national discussions, politicians were fixated on the one aspect of warming scientists aren’t debating: whether it’s occurring. . . Continue Reading
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