WASHINGTON, DC - League of Conservation Voters President Gene Karpinski issued the following statement urging television talk show hosts to question presidential candidates on global warming:
“In a week when oil prices hit $100 per barrel and 15 states sued the EPA over a global warming decision, voters are demanding action on climate change and energy issues. And the top presidential candidates are listening. All three Democrats and the leading Republican in the Iowa Caucuses have advocated capping greenhouse gas emissions -- a clear repudiation of the Bush administration’s position on global warming.
“Now it is on to New Hampshire, and it is time for the television media to get on board. LCV’s running tally at www.whataretheywaitingfor.com shows that in 140 interviews and debates so far, TV’s top five political reporters have asked 2,484 questions of the presidential candidates, but have mentioned global warming only three times and asked only 24 questions related to the issue.
“At a time when the talk show hosts are spending valuable airtime probing the candidates’ positions on UFOs and baseball, ignoring the greatest challenge of our time --global climate change -- is simply unacceptable.
“This weekend, as the candidates debate and appear on the Sunday talk shows ahead of next week’s New Hampshire primaries, we urge the television media to catch up on this critical issue.
“Earlier this year, more than 150 New Hampshire town halls voted for resolutions urging the presidential candidates to address global warming. Voters in Iowa and New Hampshire and around the country are speaking clearly. And they are demanding answers. It’s time for the media to ask the questions.”
The nonprofit League of Conservation Voters (LCV) is the independent political voice for the environment. To secure the environmental future of our planet, LCV’s mission is to advocate for sound environmental policies and to elect pro-environmental candidates who will adopt and implement such policies. For more information, please visit us on the web at www.lcv.org