WASHINGTON, D.C. – Here is a response from Erich Pica, president of Friends of the Earth Action, to the failure of President Obama and Governor Mitt Romney to address climate change during their third and final presidential debate:

“President Obama and Governor Romney have once again failed the American people by not using the debate to talk about the most serious threat to our economy, our security and way of life: climate change.

“Climate change is a global threat that requires a global response. Yet neither candidate saw fit to address climate change’s implications for foreign policy. By ignoring climate change, both President Obama and Governor Romney are telling that rest of the world that they do not take it seriously, and that America cannot be expected to act with the intensity and urgency needed to avert catastrophe. Their silence prepares  a future for our children and grandchildren in which we will face deeper droughts, fiercer forest fires and killer storms, messier spills and dirtier air. America deserves better.”

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