Here is an article from the Washington Post about how drilling for natural gas could affect Obama’s popularity among environmental groups and enthusiasts. It shows how the government can have a huge impact on our environment and how land and resource conservation has become a political issue.
Does this article make it seem like environmental protection should be the responsibility of our politicians? Should we elect our politicians and make political decisions based on environmental issues or should we focus on more short term issues? Does this author make it seem like environmental groups have more political influence than they actually do?
Here is another article from US News that talks about how fewer people seem to think Obama’s political agenda will have a significant impact on environmental reform. The article says that Obama’s most recent political campaign didn’t really focus on environmental issues. Based on your interviews from election day, do you agree that environmental issues didn’t seem to play a big role in this year’s political news coverage or voter decisions? Why do you think this year’s politicians focused less on the environment, especially considering faith in their ability to bring change declined?