We all know a few bad words, with some people’s repertoire being a little bit longer than others. But we can bet you that the word we’re about to mention is not on anyone’s list this year – except the lists of politicians: Global warming.
For some reason, the term “global warming” appears to be a touchy subject these days in political circles. Yet, it is a term that is heating up like tar on a summer’s day – the same type of tar that makes up the Canada tar sands that have made recent news regarding the TransCanada Keystone XL pipeline project that President Barack Obama rejected, resulting in both praise from the environmentally concerned and criticism from job seekers.
At the start of 2012, it was announced that Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich actually removed a chapter on climate change written by well-known climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe of Texas Tech University. The book is the sequel to his 2007 book titled “A Contract with the Earth” and features the title “Environmental Entrepreneurs.” It likely will not be released until after the upcoming election – and it should not contain the chapter written by Hayhoe, who believes in man-made global warming, a concept widely accepted by Democrats.
On the Democratic side, even Obama avoided any mention of climate change in his late January State of the Union address, instead focusing on the topic of energy. Obviously politicians do not think mentioning the sticky, controversial subjects of climate change and global warming will help them in their 2012 White House bids.
Some people in the Obama administration have claimed that the phrase “global warming” simply should not be used because it makes this environmental problem appear to be more simple and less hazardous than it really is. White House science adviser John Holdren actually encouraged people to begin using the alternative phrase of “global climate disruption” during a presentation a little more than a year ago.
The use of “global warming” is not an issue unique to the current election season, either. Years ago, the administration of former President George Bush supposedly warned scientists concerning the use of terms such as “global warming” and “climate change” because these words were politically sensitive.
Still, global warming is a topic that is sure to not cool off anytime soon, so every politician this year will have to be prepared to face it head on – and hopefully without getting burned.
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