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Smokin’ Election Campaign Quote of the Week

• October 19, 2012 • 11:22 AM

No doubt assuming Americans are more concerned about high gasoline prices than long-term threats to the environment, neither of the major-party presidential campaigns–nor, for that matter, the reporters covering them–have paid much attention to climate change. A few of our thoughtful commentators are starting to take note, including Eugene Robinson in today’s Washington Post.

But the most succinct and pithy quote on the subject was offered on MSNBC by articulate and erudite Chris Hayes. His metaphor:

“Having an energy conversation without talking about climate is like talking about smoking and not talking about cancer.”

Precisely. Thanks, Chris.

Tom Jacobs
Staff writer Tom Jacobs is a veteran journalist with more than 20 years experience at daily newspapers. He has served as a staff writer for The Los Angeles Daily News and the Santa Barbara News-Press. His work has also appeared in The Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and Ventura County Star.

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