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Why did debate moderator Candy Crowley dismiss climate change question?

"I had that question for all of you climate change people. We just, you know, again, we knew that the economy was still the main thing so you knew you kind of wanted to go with the economy."

That was Candy Crowley's response as to how she decided which questions to skip and ask. My response was the obvious,  what do you mean "you people"?

Phillip Bump at Grist has a fairly over the top analysis of the statement but there are some good takeaway points about age disparity in climate change believers: When I hear “all of you climate change people,” I expect to hear this coming right after it: “Or whatever kids are into these days.” I see a dismissive wave of the hand, a little smile acknowledging that the speaker is treading into terrain that isn’t her own but that she recognizes as popular.

The key: Climate change is more serious given the younger the respondent: I am not arguing that Crowley dismisses climate change because of her age (which, for the record, is in the 50-64 range). I am suggesting that climate change is a more immediate threat and issue for younger people. That climate change has been a constant topic of discussion and concern for a greater percentage of their lives than for the lives of those older. For a new reporter, climate change has always been an issue to consider. For a reporter with decades of experience, climate change as a political topic is fairly new and somewhat trendy.

I'm not sure if age was the reason or whatever but it seems bizarre for a news reporter to say. Read the full story HERE




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