Friedman, Amory Lovins have low expectations for changing views on climate | Aspen Daily News Online
Climate change may be one of the most important issues facing our nation, but don’t expect either of the major U.S. political parties to address it in a serious way leading up to the presidential election in November, three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Thomas Friedman said in Aspen on Thursday.
Speaking to a crowd of 280 at the Aspen District Theater as part of the ongoing Aspen Business Luncheon series, Friedman, an author and columnist for the New York Times, asserted Democratic political consultants are advising their candidates not to mention the “losing topic” while their Republican counterparts continue their push to demonize the phrase “climate change” and deny it exists.
“Lisa Jackson has been the most effective cabinet member of this administration, yet she’s basically in the witness protection program,” Friedman said of her absence from the public eye. “I predict you will hear very little about [climate change] at the Democratic convention. I hope I’m wrong.”