“No questions from journalists about climate change in 2016 presidential debates???”

Author: Harold Pollack

Harold Pollack is Helen Ross Professor of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. He has served on three expert committees of the National Academies of Science. His recent research appears in such journals as Addiction, Journal of the American Medical Association, and American Journal of Public Health. He writes regularly on HIV prevention, crime and drug policy, health reform, and disability policy for American Prospect, tnr.com, and other news outlets. His essay, "Lessons from an Emergency Room Nightmare" was selected for the collection The Best American Medical Writing, 2009. He recently participated, with zero critical acclaim, in the University of Chicago's annual Latke-Hamentaschen debate.

4 thoughts on ““No questions from journalists about climate change in 2016 presidential debates???””

  1. There should have been, and every journalist who moderated or commented on the debates without bringing the subject up bears the shame of that failure. However, I doubt that the candidates' responses to questions about climate change would have done anything for Clinton's side of the ledger, particularly among the 70K voters that made the difference. People who imagine that the presence of snow in winter disproves climate change–and who think that someone like Sen. Imhofe, who considers a snowball an unanswerable argument is just the sort of person they want representing their interests in Washington–would just have moved further into the Trump column.

    1. Regardless, it was a massive and disgraceful failure of American journalism.


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