An extremely brief overview of a very long debate on energy and the environment
Joseph Aldy, representing Obama. Faculty at the Harvard Kennedy School, formerly served as special assistant to the president for energy and environment. Here is a story about how he climbed a mountain to say goodbye to some glaciers.
Oren Cass, representing Romney. Domestic policy director for the campaign, formerly of Bain & Co. Here is an article Cass wrote about how Obama is killing oil production (spoiler: as if), just so you get a sense of the guy.
The Washington Post’s Wonkblog did a good job pulling out the key components. Like a delicious sauce, we will reduce those key points even further, to get to the yummy essence of each campaign, to spread out over your ballot. (If you’re “one of those,” here is the full (long) transcript. I dare you to read the whole thing. Dare you.)
Addy: “Global climate change is an incredibly serious challenge. It’s a very tough challenge.” However! Can’t do anything without Congress, except Clean Air Act stuff, meaning the EPA.
Cass: “[T]hat’s not where Governor Romney would put his emphasis.” Also: clean coal.
Addy: Did you know that fracking used to get a production tax credit? True story.
Cass: Did you know Solyndra? But: sure, sometimes.
Cass: No one wants a more expensive car! Also, the market will reduce fuel consumption, through magic.
Addy: Won’t impact gas prices, because they’re set by a global market.
Cass: But let’s import from Canada anyway.
Addy: Isn’t it great?
Cass: Yes, it’s great.
Addy: A whuh?
Cass: Obama probably supports this, I bet. Let’s assume he does, OK everyone?
And that’s about the long and the short of it. A little while ago, the Times posted an overview of how the candidates have ignored climate change. Well, based on the long, earnest, direct conversation provided by their surrogates, even if they’d discussed climate change, we wouldn’t have learned much of any interest.
Philip Bump writes about the news for Gristmill.