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Contact: Jeff Gohringer, 202-454-4573 or Jeff_Gohringer@lcv.org
WASHINGTON – In less than 48 hours, more than 25,000 people have signed a petition by the League of Conservation Voters urging moderator Jim Lehrer to ask the Presidential candidates a question on climate change at the first presidential debate. This brings LCV halfway to its goal of getting 50,000 signatures before the debate, which takes place on October 3rdin Colorado.
“The response to this petition has been overwhelming. It’s a clear sign that the American people want to hear the presidential candidates discuss how they plan to address the climate crisis, which is the greatest challenge of our generation,” said Vanessa Kritzer, LCV's 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 heat wave last month even mentioned climate change. At the same time, a Washington Post poll released this week 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.