The Storm and the Election

All the TV commentators are wondering how Hurricane/Noreaster/Frankenstorm/┬áSuperstorm Sandy will affect the election. They refer, of course, to voter turnout and to the perception of the how Obama and Romney respond to the crisis. What they SHOULD be wondering is why neither candidate has mentioned climate change during this election, and why nobody seems to be pointing out the obvious: that Sandy, following Irene, following Katrina, are exactly the kinds of increasingly severe storms that climatologists have predicted will be spawned as the planet grows warmer. Nature abhors a vacuum, so Sandy, unprecedented in size and menace, has arrived just in time for the election. This be a warning to the candidates that they need to discuss how they plan to deal with global warming. My guess is they’ll pass. I wonder how soon and how big the next one will be.

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