Lawmakers, notably Democrats, are “running away from the issue” of climate change, consumer advocate and former Green Party presidential candidate Ralph Nader said Tuesday.
Nader, who was speaking at a National Press Club event in Washington, D.C., criticized President Obama for giving lip service to the topic in his Democratic National Convention speech earlier this month.
“There couldn’t have been a more defensive statement by President Obama than to say finally – he didn’t mention it in two state of the union speeches – 'climate change is not a hoax,' ” Nader said. “That’s a real aggressive statement. That would have made Teddy Roosevelt proud and Jimmy Carter and so forth.”