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Too Hot to Vote

Lisa Mattson
July, 2012 

Even though sweltering heat and record droughts have been rampant in the US this year, the upcoming political elections and its political contenders pay little heed to the notion of climate change.  If fact, which side of the aisle you sit on might suggest whether or not you think climate change is a reality, and your age may determine whether it’s even on your radar.

The climate change issue is global and nations are coming together to discuss its impact and look at potential measures to reduce its repercussions. Despite this,  relatively little action is being taken.  With US candidates primarily focused on the economy, insiders predict sparse comment or action on environmental issues.

The fact that political hopefuls haven't focused on climate change may not matter, given that US voter turnout has significantly decreased over the past 40 years. Motivating the electorate has continually been a factor in getting out the vote, but new experimentation exploring what really gets people to vote might make a difference, especially in close races. 

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