Well, the Republicans who viewed the Democratic hopefuls' "debate" last night must have been pleased to see that the candidates voiced only eight minutes of thought about the most important concern on the planet: climate change. Other than Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, most of the speakers managed to avoid taking on that concern, just as much of the news media tries to hide it on the back pages or store it in the editorial offices for future catastrophes, like maybe following the next hurricane, earthquake, tornado, cyclone, flood or iceberg melt.

Nonetheless, a Washington Post online environmental writer this morning expressed a view that the need for a candidates' debate focused exclusively on the environmental, ecological and societal hazards of denial and do-nothingism is absolutely essential, now. I agree. Furthermore, I suggest that the debate be carried on the Republicans' favorite network, Fox. In the interest of fairness, perhaps Fox could pay Rachel Maddow to moderate the debate.

Joseph Whelan


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The planet is forever changing with or without the help or influence of 'man'. Be a responsible inhabitant but there is no reason for 'panic'.

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