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State of the Debate
George Pyle
George Pyle has been a newspaper writer in Kansas, Utah, Upstate New York, and now Utah again, for more than 30 years - most of it as an editorial writer and columnist. Now on his second tour of duty on The Salt Lake Tribune Editorial Board, he has also done a stretch as a talk radio host, published a book on the ongoing flaws of U.S.agricultural policy and, in 1998, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing. His most active bookmarks are Andrew Sullivan, Christopher Hitchens and Tina Brown. And he still thinks the Internet can be used for intelligent conversation and uplifting ideas.

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Climate change calls attention to itself ...

Climate change: Superstorm a super reminder — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

Both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, in their quest for the presidency, portray the United States as the indispensable nation, the one country that can — through a combination of diplomatic skill, military might and moral suasion — steer the world as it should go.

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But when it comes to one of the most important questions about the future of the planet, a question on which the United States must show leadership and set examples, the campaigns are silent at best, and in delusional denial at worst.

The issue is climate change and, even now that a summer of record heat and droughts has been followed by the landfall of one of the mightiest superstorms in human history, neither candidate shows much interest in outlining the problem or taking a stand on what can and should be done about it. ...

It’s Global Warming, Stupid — Paul M. Barrett | Bloomberg Businessweek

... "We can’t say that steroids caused any one home run by Barry Bonds, but steroids sure helped him hit more and hit them farther. Now we have weather on steroids." ...

Politicizing a disaster like superstorm Sandy borders on obscene — Deseret News Editorial

... We are dismayed by the few pundits and editorial writers who have tried to use the tragedy to score political points. Most prominent among these is the New York Times, whose lead editorial Tuesday said, "A big storm requires big government." ...

What Sandy can teach us in Colorado — Denver Post Editorial

... The task of readying for a big storm in Colorado might be made a bit easier this winter as the Weather Channel plans to affix Greek or Roman monikers to snowstorms.

A named storm, presumably, would demand our attention. ...

Will Climate Get Some Respect Now? — Nicholas D. Kristof | The New York Times

President Obama and Mitt Romney seemed determined not to discuss climate change in this campaign. So thanks to Hurricane Sandy for forcing the issue: Isn’t it time to talk not only about weather, but also about climate? ...

A convenient excuse — Wen Stephenson | The Boston Phoenix

... We need to see a much greater sense of urgency in the media’s coverage of climate change ... . This is more than an environmental crisis: it’s an existential threat, and it should be treated like one, without fear of sounding alarmist, rather than covered as just another special interest, something only environmentalists care about. And it should be treated as a central issue in this election, regardless of whether the candidates or the political media are talking about it. ...

New York’s next extremist shock — Steve Coll | The New Yorker

... But the scenes in Manhattan a few days after Sandy—a third or more of the island in darkness, emergency crews digging and rebuilding, political leaders speaking from command bunkers, citizens adapting as best they can—should not be understood as a once-in-a-century or even a once-in-a-decade exception. They are what we must come to expect regularly. ...

Sandy invites storm of political debate — Charlotte Observer Editorial

FEMA, maligned after Katrina, shows its worth this week

Praise for Barack Obama, Chris Christie’s bipartisan response to Hurricane Sandy — Seattle Times Editorial

Sandy: Act of God or act of man? — Los Angeles Times Editorial



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