President Obama today made the rounds on the Sunday talk show circuit, but I only had time enough to watch ABC's "This Week," hosted by George Stephanopoulos, and NBC's "Meet the Press," hosted by David Gregory. Following their pattern, neither host asked the leader of the country with the biggest economy and the most greenhouse gas emissions about climate change or energy policy. What's doubly perplexing is that Obama is set to address the United Nations this week on climate change.As I wrote last week:
I shouldn't be surprised anymore. The League of Conservation Voters found that the five major Sunday morning political shows asked the presidential candidates over 2,000 questions in 2007, but only three of the questions were on global warming.
The New York Times reported this morning that the international climate negotiations have stalled, and that Obama's speech this week could be a spark to reignite talks. The Senate too will take up climate and energy legislation later this fall, although Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) indicated this week that debate may have to wait until 2010.
Both the international and the domestic policy issues around climate and energy escaped George and David this week, but they did find time to ask the President about health care, taxes, racism, and his pick for the World Series.
Maybe next week "This Week" and "Meet the Press" will discuss climate change and energy. I'll be watching.
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