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Climate Change In The Debates

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Over the four and a half hours of presidential debate, there has been seemingly endless unconventional responses and shots taken at each other by both candidates, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. These debates had record-breaking viewership, with the first debate generating 84 million viewers. This viewership gave both candidates an opportunity to share their political ideology with a record-breaking audience number. Viewers were able to learn about the viewpoints of each candidate on different topics, but this becomes a problem when important topics are not brought up.

Arguably the largest topic not discussed was climate change. In the first debate there was a brief moment when Hillary Clinton discussed climate change by advocating her push toward renewable energy sources, and in the second debate a question about energy was asked, but these are only parts of a climate change discussion that these debates needed. There were no questions asked by the moderators about climate change.

It is not to the point that Trump and Clinton would refuse to speak about climate change either. Trump, in 2012 tweeted, “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive, ” but Trump denied during the election he tweeted this. Wouldn’t it be important for viewers to learn about Trump’s stance on climate change than to the record-breaking audiences watching the debates? Clinton has opened up about climate change in the past, but there should be more of a platform for both candidates to share their views on these important issues.

This election as a whole has not been normal and that includes the three presidential debates. However, this shouldn’t mean that previously important issues like climate change should be neglected. The special circumstances shouldn’t change the foundations of what a presidential debate should be, considering this is still a presidential election. It shouldn’t matter if this is to the fault of the moderators or the polarizing issue itself because a matter of this high level of importance should not just be ignored in presidential debates.

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Climate Change In The Debates