Coal mining, gas prices and oil drilling were all frequently mentioned in the 2012 presidential campaign, but the consequences of burning fossil fuels were not. For the first time since 1988, climate disruption was not mentioned in the presidential or vice presidential debates, and then came Sandy. Comments by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Governor Andrew Cuomo ended the climate silence, and put carbon pollution back in the national conversation. Some observers said Sandy would be a game changer in America's love-hate relationship with hydrocarbons. Other said concern will quickly fade with time, and many are wondering how President Obama will address energy and climate in his second term.
Climate One was joined by one of the country's leading environmental advocates and a Texas oilman to discuss pointing America toward a prosperous and low-carbon future. John Hofmeister is CEO of Citizens for Affordable Energy and former president of Shell Oil Company the U.S. Subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell. He's also author of the book Why We Hate the Oil Companies: Straight Talk from an Energy Insider. Bill McKibben is founder of the advocacy group 350.org, an author of Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet. While both McKibben and Hofmeister agree that the world needs better energy alternatives, they disagree on the timeline.