Chris Mooney

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Chris Mooney is a science and political journalist, podcaster, and the host of Climate Desk Live. He is the author of four books, including the New York Times bestselling The Republican War on Science.

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Why Aren't Politicians Listening to This Guy on Climate?

| Tue Oct. 9, 2012 6:00 AM EDT
Joe Romm

This post is a preview of our October 10, 2012, Climate Desk Live event entitled "Climate Change's Sleeper Role in Election 2012," where Joe Romm will be speaking.

Joe Romm has been called "America's fiercest climate blogger." And as a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, a former Clinton administration official on clean energy, and an MIT-trained physicist, the subjects he covers are vast—ranging from energy policy to the role of rhetoric in communications, as discussed in his new book Language Intelligence. But there's been a recurrent theme over the years at Romm's popular blog Climate Progress—the argument that political leaders, and perhaps most prominently President Obama, need to step up and explain to the public why global warming is such a dramatic threat to our livelihoods and future.

Indeed, Romm has called Obama's failure to speak out about global warming, loudly and often, his "biggest communications mistake."

Now, a raft of new polls are showing that this issue has the potential to move independent and swing voters—the subject of our first Climate Desk Live Capitol Hill briefing on October 10. So we stopped to chat with Romm, who will present at the briefing, about his unique take on this subject.

Chris Mooney: You've been writing for a long time about how climate is a winning political issue. So what first got you onto this?

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