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Obama, Romney, PBS Let Americans Down Big Time

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Obama: “The first role of the federal government is to keep the American people safe.”

Romney: “We have a responsibility to protect the lives and liberties of our people, and that means a military second to none,” he said. “I do not believe in cutting our military. I believe in maintaining the strength of America’s military.”

Based on these two comments from the debate last night, one would conclude that President Obama would never avoid talking about a serious national security issue and that Mitt Romney respects the opinion of our military leaders. And, being a Republican, one might also assume Romney respects the opinions of our financial experts.

WRONG, and WRONG, and WRONG.

Dr. Georges Benjamin, Executive Director of the American Public Health Association, made this point quite clearly in his recent statement:

Climate change is one of the most serious health threats facing our nation. Yet few Americans are aware of the very real consequences of climate change on the health of our communities, our families and our children.

Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization, made this point even more bluntly in stating:

We need to… convince the world that humanity really is the most important species endangered by climate change.

In a 2010 statement, 33 of the top generals and admirals in the United States stated:

Climate change is making the world a more dangerous place. It’s threatening America’s security. The Pentagon and security leaders of both parties consider climate disruption to be a “threat multiplier” – it exacerbates existing problems by decreasing stability, increasing conflict, and incubating the socioeconomic conditions that foster terrorist recruitment. The State Department, the National Intelligence Council and the CIA all agree, and all are planning for future climate-based threats. America’s billion-dollar-a-day dependence on oil makes us vulnerable to unstable and unfriendly regimes.

A 2010 statement from 268 investors representing assets of more than US$15 trillion:

Several leading studies indicate that the systemic shocks to regional and global economies from climate change will be substantial and will worsen the longer world governments wait to take sufficient policy action.

So clearly our health, military, and financial experts agree that human-caused climate change poses a very real threat to our health, safety, and financial security.

But here is what each candidate said about climate change:

…………

Yep. Nothing at all.

PBS does not escape criticism either. More than 160,000 requests (including a letter from me) were sent to PBS asking them to include a climate change question but none were asked.

Shame on all of you.

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Written by Scott Mandia

October 4, 2012 at 9:08 am

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    Terry Mock

    October 4, 2012 at 12:08 pm

  2. All this is no different than the core intent behind the BAN OF INCANDESCENTS. To make lots and lots of MULA. That’s right, PROFIT. All the same applies to this CLIMATE SCANDAL. Hey, turn off your propaganda ears for a second, walk outside, do a 360, NOTHING HAS CHANGED! Get a grip and turn off TV NEWS because it’s PAYED PROPAGANDA. Wake Up? Or just go back to sleep. Whatever you please.
    Cheers, Ron Lentjes. Q. Who started the BAN OF INCANDESCENTS? A. PHILIPS NEDERLANDS. Q. Why? A. PROFIT (more profit selling CFL than cheap INCANDESCENT).

    Ron Lentjes

    October 4, 2012 at 6:30 pm

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    Audri

    October 8, 2012 at 8:15 am

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