- Monday, October 31st, 1:15 pm to 2:30 pm
- Iberian, Omni la Mansión del Rio
- Chris MooneyEnergy and environment reporter, The Washington Post
- Connie Roser-RenoufAssociate research professor, Center for Climate Change Communication, George Mason University
- Cristine RussellSenior fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School
As the US presidential election approaches, climate change is one of the issues clearly dividing the two parties and their candidates. Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party platform have embraced Obama administration initiatives and made climate change action a domestic and foreign policy priority. Donald Trump and the Republican platform have taken the opposite stance, denying both climate science and the need for governmental interventions to help curb it. How important are climate and energy problems to American voters? How will pro- and anti-science rhetoric affect the presidential and congressional elections? This session will assess the role of science in the 2016 elections, the political coverage, and the challenges for science journalists at the end of a fireworks-filled campaign season.
Social media hashtag: #science2016election