WASHINGTON, D.C. – The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) will launch its final ad of the 2012 election cycle with a nationwide cable buy on Monday. The ad, “Lead,” reminds voters that Mitt Romney has said that he’s not interested in addressing the issue of climate change as president, willingly ignoring a major threat to our future.
“We cannot risk having leaders in Washington who turn a blind eye to the threat of climate change and the devastating impact it’s having across the nation,” said Gene Karpinski, President of the League of Conservation Voters.
The ad highlights that despite the scientific evidence surrounding climate change and the extreme weather it’s helping cause, Mitt Romney has said he’s “not in this race to slow the rise of the oceans or to heal the planet.” The ad closes with images of President Obama, who has taken meaningful steps to confront the climate crisis, and says, “Leaders lead. It’s time to act on climate change.” Script for the ad is available here.
The scientific views on climate change are as solid as any public policy question will ever get, with the National Academy of Sciences finding that “97–98% of the climate researchers most actively publishing in the field” believe that humans are contributing to global warming. Experts have said that climate change is having unprecedented effects on weather patterns, including more powerful storms, record heat waves and droughts and increased flooding. Even the Department of Defense has recognized that climate change will play a “significant role” in the future security environment.
Climate change has been a large focus in the closing days of presidential race, with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg endorsing President Obama for re-election, citing concerns about climate change in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
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