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With the presidential election slowly approaching, republican and democratic campaigning have been taking place over the past few months. One of the topics that has come up in the debates and interviews has been climate change. The lead republican in the race to the white house, Donald Trump, does not believe in climate change. While the lead democratic candidate, Hilary Clinton, believes that global warming is a rising threat and that actions must be taken.
Not only does Donald Trump not believe in climate change, he also makes fun of it. In a recent tweet, he pokes fun at the thought of global warming. “It’s really cold outside, they are calling it a major freeze, weeks ahead of normal. Man, we could use a big fat dose of global warming!”. His theory on global warming is that it is not man-made, but instead a natural process the Earth is going through. His basis of this theory is from an article written in 1975 talking about how scientists make new theories all the time about why the weather is changing and they shouldn’t be trusted. “I believe there’s weather. I believe there’s change, and I believe it goes up and it goes down, and it goes up again. And it changes depending on years and centuries, but I am not a believer, and we have much bigger problems”. He is not alone in this idea, many of the republican candidates have the same stance when it comes to global warming.
Democrats, on the other hand, for the most part believe in global warming. Hilary Clinton is one of the biggest advocate in making changes to help prevent this growing problem. One of her goals in stopping warming is to produce 33% of the nations electricity from renewable sources by 2027, which is up 7% from today. She also called for installing half a billion solar panels by 2020 to power every home in America. Republicans respond to this issue by saying this proposal will cause “energy poverty”. Although these plans could potentially be a great help in slowing global warming, Hilary Clinton also has another agenda. Her stance on climate change can gain her additional votes and donations from those who see climate change as a top issue.

Question: What would be your response to Donald Trumps and/or Hilary Clintons stance on Global Warming?

SOURCES:

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2015/09/22/3704239/trump-climate-weather-views/

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/28/us/politics/hillary-clinton-lays-out-climate-change-plan.html?_r=0

http://www.cnn.com/2015/10/19/politics/donald-trump-global-warming-tweet/

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