(San Francisco Chronicle)
Of all the big issues facing America, climate change barely registered in this year's presidential campaign — not until Hurricane Sandy crashed the party.
So as soon as the major news networks called the race tonight, environmentalists started firing off e-mails urging Pres. Obama to turn his attention back to our warming world. They're hoping that Obama’s re-election and Sandy's devastation will reset the national conversation on climate change, after several years in which many politicians refused to utter those two words in public.
"While Sandy's lessons are still fresh, the president should be clear about the urgency of cutting carbon emissions and strengthening critical infrastructure to protect Americans against the rising costs of climate change," wrote Eileen Claussen, president of the non-profit Center for Climate and Energy Solutions.