FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Jeff Gohringer, 202-454-4573 or Jeff_Gohringer@lcv.org
WASHINGTON, DC – More than 60,000 people have now signed the League of Conservation Voters’ (LCV) petition urging moderator Jim Lehrer to ask the candidates a question on climate change at the first presidential debate on October 3rd. This exceeds their goal of 50,000 signatures, and LCV and other groups are continuing to collect signatures as the debate nears.
“Confronting the climate crisis is the greatest challenge of our generation. Voters across the country clearly want a genuine discussion on climate policies in next month’s presidential debate,” said Vanessa Kritzer, League of Conservation Voters online campaigns manager.
LCV's petition follows a recent report that found that only 8.7 percent of U.S. television segments on the record-breaking July heat wave even mentioned climate change. At the same time, a Washington Post poll found that 73% of registered voters say the federal government should regulate greenhouse gases from power plants, cars and factories in an effort to reduce global warming — including 61% of Republicans.
The first Presidential debate is focused exclusively on domestic issues. The petition highlights that the effects of climate change are causing hardship for people across the county — from flooding in the Southeast to drought in the Midwest to the wildfires in Colorado, where the debate is being held — and that President Obama and Governor Romney should be asked to discuss how they plan to address the issue of global warming.