Column : How green coloured the US elections
The 2012 election in America is over and Barack Obama has earned another term in office, but what does the outcome mean for the global environment?
The United States has been a world leader in the creation of greenhouse gases, but also in green technology. Even before the election was over, it was obvious whoever won would have tremendous power over the United States’ environmental policy and this was made evident in the campaign’s policies.
Mitt Romney took a surprising stance against global warming and environmentalism; his views were even more conservative than George W Bush. At the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, Mitt Romney said: “President Obama promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans and to heal the planet. My promise … is to help you and your family.”
Practically speaking, Mitt was denying the existence of, or at least the threat posed by global warming, though it was likely a remark designed to appeal to a particular slice of Mitt’s audience. Either way, his were a clear indication that mother nature would have no friend in a Romney White House.
Throughout the election, the issue of the environment was used by both sides to win voters, with either side often doing the exact opposite of each other in order to woo voters. Romney used global warming denial to attract the hardcore religious vote, a group who mostly ignore the facts about global warming and would rather see their tax dollars spent elsewhere.
President Obama, on the other hand,
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