Why didn’t debate moderators ask about the environment? Because Americans don’t care

Hillary Clinton describes the issue as “one of the most urgent threats of our time.” Donald Trump dismisses the problem as “a hoax.” The debate moderators didn’t even mention it.

From the candidates’ first meeting in Hempstead, New York to their last in Las Vegas, Nevada, neither fielded a single question about climate change.

That’s led some like Vox’s Brad Plumer to ponder the issue’s absence from the debate stage. But the answer is simple: It’s not the environment, stupid. And one doesn’t need the political intuition of James Carville to understand why.

Everyday Americans don’t lie awake at night worrying about greenhouse gases gradually increasing average global temperatures, melting polar ice caps, and rising sea levels. They’re concerned about the current state of their government and if they’ll have a job in the future. That’s not an opinion. It’s a fact demonstrated by 15 years of Gallup polling.

When asked to name the nation’s top problem, Americans, polled from 2001 to 2015, regularly named political conflict, economic wellbeing, and unemployment.

In 2015, 16 percent of Americans saw the government as the country’s chief problem followed closely by another 13 percent who named the economy. Concern about the environment peaked at a measly 3 percent.

That’s not to say that global warming isn’t a serious issue. It is. Each party’s platform addresses the issue at length, even if they come to opposite conclusions about policy.

For Democrats staking out their party’s official policy positions this year, global warming stands as “a defining challenge of our time,” one that requires immediate government intervention. More skeptical Republicans blame their opponents for whipping up the “sustained illusion of an environmental crisis.” They propose reining in the Environmental Protection Agency and scaling back President Obama’s Clean Power Plan.

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    Amber

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    “that’s not to say global warming isn’t a serious issue . It is ” . Wrong that is why the general public isn’t interested they no longer buy the over exaggerated con-job
    of the earth has a fever promoters . It wasn’t mentioned because Hillary, like a lot of other political cowards, know that if they actually announced a carbon tax they would lose votes .
    The warming we have been getting since the last ice age is actually a very positive thing overall and this notion of it being a serious issue is complete rubbish .
    Creepy Climate Clowns that try and sell global warming fear mongering with
    statements like “it’s a serious issue ” are misleading .
    Clearly the public is no longer drinking the cool -aid . That must be frustrating for people like Wegmann .Get over it .
    Have no fear the way Wegmann the fact the White House has been bought by the
    grant dependent “renewable industry ” guarantees a carbon tax will be pushed by the
    Democrats .Once the carbon tax is in place scary global warming will disappear as the con-men promoters will be to busy counting their cash .

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    JayPee

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    And Americans probably don’t care because
    they intuitively know that they
    are being lied to by
    the msm, epa , the obaman cabal, and the grant suckers.

    The left doesn’t understand this because they never dreamed that the people would ever think for themselves.

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    cancera

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      jaypee

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      Are you trying to say something ?
      Wasting space is not declarative.
      I’ll not digress on the indicative.

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    Amber

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    Debate moderators didn’t ask about Hillary’s plans for a carbon tax because they weren’t told to by the Democrats .
    At the end of the day the Republicans will have once again let about 60 million voters down and given the Democrat left wing media such an an easy time . Could it be they actually don’t want to win ? Just sit around for another 4 years and let the country be run by executive order . Can’t even imagine what the Democrat hedge fund $billionaires will be ripping off tax payers by .

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