Time magazine has identified “The Eight Keys to New Hampshire”
Fire Marshals, global warming, nostalgia — these are just a few of the indicators and factors that will help determine the outcome of the nation’s first primary
What is truly notable about this is that Global Warming is the sole “substance”, the sole issue that Time has identified as a critical issue in the New Hampshire voting. Not Iraq. Not the Economy. Not Health Care. No, there are seven ‘style’ related “keys to New Hampshire” and only one item of ‘substance’.
It may be Al Gore’s ultimate political triumph: climate change as a key election issue. Everywhere they go throughout the state, candidates from both parties field questions about global warming from voters who are looking for more than just platitudes. They want to hear about cap-and-trade, carbon tax, hybrid cars, and woe to the candidate who tries to side-step the issue. Last spring, 180 out of 234 townships in the state passed a resolution asking the federal government to address climate change. That could result in some raised temperatures for Republicans who are still getting used to the idea that global warming might be real.
Now, this is not just Al Gore. Some major kudos should go to organizations, activists, education programs (like The Climate Project and Focus the Nation), experts, and concerned citizens who have worked hard to make this an issue of note in the campaign.
For example, the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) The Heat is On (with their great What are they waiting for? as well) has helped bring pressure and visibility to Global Warming issues, with a real focus on engaging and educating citizens of early bellweather states like Iowa and New Hampshire. The Sierra Club’s Presidential primary project, with their New Hampshire program. StepItUp. 1 Sky. And, the National Wildlife Federation (NWF). And, others for whom kudos are due.
According to Time Magazine, Global Warming is on the mind of New Hampshire’s voters today and, we hope, the nation’s voters come next November.
That there is attention matters, but the issues merit even greater attention as we strive to Energize America and the globe toward a prosperous, climate friendly society. Many opportunities exist for activism and engagement. For example, join Focus the Nation on 31 January for a teach-in on Global Warming. It is not too late to organize your own Focus the Nation action. (Perhaps simply by contacting The Climate Project to have a Gore-trained presenter (like myself) give a talk on Global Warming and ways to work toward a more sensible, climate friendly society from our own actions to political engagement.