The Big Picture: The Environment

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

The 2010 midterms are heating up, but none of the candidates seem to be talking about global warming. For the latest installment of The Big Picture, New York Times columnist Andy Revkin joins us to talk about why climate change and the environment are MIA in this election, along with Ryan Lizza, The New Yorker’s Washington correspondent. His article “As The World Burns” can be found in the most recent issue of the magazine.


Ryan Lizza and Andy Revkin

Comments [12]

amalgam from Manhattan by day, NJ by night

@ Peter - You couldn't be more incorrect. What are you're sources? When 97% percent of the only people that matter and who have entered into the scientific method of challenge and disputation over the science for more than 30 years - climate scientists - have through their work shown a correlation between human use of fossil fuels and climate change.

Do you think that humans don't affect the surrounding environment, including the climate, after pumping emissions into the atmosphere? Why would that be?

Oct. 05 2010 01:30 PM
Phil Henshaw from way uptown

It's great you bring up the subject, but you hardly scratched the surface of why politics and the media are avoiding the issue.

To face the issue we'd have to face the problem that the mounting conflicts with earth that growth is confronting are exactly what other scientists have been repeatedly pointing to as the hard and consequential real limits to growth. The problem for us culturally is that EVERYTHING we do is organized around endless growth.

For example, following the growth rate that the "stability" of our economies presently is thought to require, the area of solar panels needed to supply world energy needs would exceed the total area of agriculture land on earth... in less than 100 years. fyi I show the math at

Oct. 05 2010 01:04 PM

cap and trade will just create another mindless bureaucracy just tax oil.

30% of the problem is caused by energy waste. heat going out of the windows.
oil is too damn cheap,

Oct. 05 2010 12:59 PM
Monroe from nyc

Good luck with loosening the oil cabal's grip over politicians and policy.

Oct. 05 2010 12:58 PM
Amy from Manhattan

Many of the predicted effects of global climate disturbance are already starting to happen. Can this be publicized better? Along with education to tell people that weather is not the same as climate, & global is not the same as uniform?

Oct. 05 2010 12:56 PM
Peter from New Jersey

It would be very interesting to apply the perspective of your previous guests, Olmsted and Blaxill, to the climate change debate -- are they climate change skeptics? The "consensus" that mercury in vaccines does NOT cause autism is stronger and more documented than the consensus for anthropogenic global warming (AGW), so is the questioning by skeptics of AGW any more unwelcome than the questioning of "vaccines don't cause autism"? If Olmsted and Blaxill deserve their air time, don't AGW skeptics as well?

Oct. 05 2010 12:53 PM
Amy from Manhattan

OK, these are all the reasons this issue isn't being talked about or dealt with in legislation. What can we do to change that?

Oct. 05 2010 12:53 PM

I think the suffering in WV speaks for itself. we need to evacuate WV and give these refugees help to get into the 21st century.

Oct. 05 2010 12:48 PM

Nuclear Winter

Global Warming

Climate Disruption

Climate Change

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Oct. 05 2010 12:45 PM

tax oil, tax soda!

Oct. 05 2010 12:41 PM
amalgam from Manhattan by day, NJ by night

Right now, any program, initiative, vision, etc., that ostensibly has up-front "costs," is either pegged as a tax or predicted to slow the growth of the traditional economy. Little do people understand that costs are hidden in most of our goods and services.

We pay for pollution, environmentally degraded infrastructure, etc. - otherwise called externalities - through our outlays on water treatment, clean-up efforts/remediation, ill health, environmental enforcement, and most especially, more costs incurred by U.S. business, citizens, and government to harness environmental benefits and natural resources. Face it: Our society and economy exist within and depend on the environment.

There are a myriad of reasons why Americans are averse to working on the environment and climate.

Read here for more:

Oct. 05 2010 12:33 PM
Amy from Manhattan

Thank you for covering this. I keep saying global climate disruption, & other environmental problems, is the #1 issue, because all the other issues--including, even especially, the economy--will get even worse if we don't deal with it, but it's hard to get its profile raised. Maybe Mr. Revkin is in a position to do that.

Oct. 05 2010 12:12 PM

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