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The Questions that Should be Asked: Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources in the Presidential Race


April 16, 2012


Washington, DC

Although environmental, energy, and natural resource policies have seldom figured prominently in a presidential election, such policies have a direct effect on issues that do feature prominently in presidential elections. For example, energy policy alone affects public health, foreign policy, and the domestic economy. As a companion to our Environmental Forum article which surveyed twelve major figures on what topics should be discussed in the presidential debates, we invited five experts with broad policy experience to discuss their answers to a key question: "What questions should be asked of candidates in the presidential debates that will help us learn how they will confront these issues?"

PLEASE NOTE the following correction to the audio presentation: Bob Deans wishes to make a correction to something he said: "last year no Republicans voted in support of a House amendment stating that climate change is real, poses a threat to human health and is caused largely by human activities." In fact, one Republican did vote in support of the measure: Rep. Dave Reichert, R-WA. He was the only Republican to vote for the amendment, which failed, 240-184.

Dina Cappiello, National Environment Reporter, Associated Press (moderator)
John Cruden, President, ELI
Bob Deans, Associate Director of Communications, Natural Resources Defense Council
E. Donald Elliott, Professor (Adjunct) of Law, Yale Law School
Kenneth P. Green, Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute
Jacqui Patterson, Director, Environmental and Climate Justice Program, NAACP

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