Didn't like the official presidential debates? Underwhelmed by the third-party debate? Fine. Here's a report-back from another debate, this time only about energy and the environment, using high-profile surrogates for the candidates. If you aren't happy now, you may as well resign yourself to your handcrafted "Debates 2012” playset in which you do the voices for both Obama and Romney and also the dial-testing.
Well, to clarify, you should only be happy about this in the sense that you're getting a debate on energy and the environment. The answers to the questions posed aren't gonna thrill you. And only happy if you like very, very brief summaries.
Joseph Aldy, representing Obama. Faculty at the Harvard Kennedy School, formerly served as special assistant to the president for energy and environment. Here is a story about how he climbed a mountain to say goodbye to some glaciers.
Oren Cass, representing Romney. Domestic policy director for the campaign, formerly of Bain & Co. Here is an article Cass wrote about how Obama is killing oil production (spoiler: as if), just so you get a sense of the guy.
The Washington Post’s Wonkblog did a good job pulling out the key components. Like a delicious sauce, we will reduce those key points even further, to get to the yummy essence of each campaign, to spread out over your ballot. (If you're "one of those," here is the full (long) transcript. I dare you to read the whole thing. Dare you.)