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  • 12.11.15

What Are The Presidential Candidates Climate IQs?

A look at where we’ll stand on fixing the climate after the next election.

What Are The Presidential Candidates Climate IQs?
[Sanders: Flickr user Phil Roeder, Clinton: Joseph Sohm via Shutterstock, Rubio: Flickr user Marc Nozell, Bush: Flickr user Michael Vadon, Cruz: Flickr user Gage Skidmore.]

As the world gathers in Paris to hammer out a new comprehensive agreement to tackle climate change, the success or failure of that deal will rest to a great degree on the next president of the United States. Regardless of one’s political or economic views, or scientific understanding of the topic, a lot is at stake for the world’s environment and its economy, so our next choice of president matters. Here then is a summary of the candidates “climate IQ” (focused on the leaders in current polls):

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In reality, there should be no disagreement at all. The technologies that address greenhouse gas reductions are also massive domestic economic opportunities, especially those applied to renewables and clean fuels; energy efficiency; and waste reduction and reuse. The only real question is whether our next president has a high climate IQ and uses that wisdom–along with nearly 200 nations that will reach an agreement in Paris–to take meaningful action before its too late to avoid the worst environmental and economic consequences.

About the author

From his youth in Australia to career experiences in Europe, Africa, China and across the United States, Terry has developed expertise in business, farming, education, non-profit, the environment, the arts, and government. A United States Coast Guard-licensed ship captain, Terry has long been drawn to the undersea world, starting in the 1960s with a family-run tropical fish breeding business in Australia and continuing with studies on conch depletion in the Bahamas, manatee populations in Florida coastal waters, and mariculture in the Gulf States with Texas A&M University.

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