I was looking at this recent poll from Pew, and wanted to highlight how many people see environment as a big issue in the election:

Pew poll

Environment is more important than immigration, abortion, and gay marriage. Which I think explains why McCain is trying to prove he’s the real environmentalist. (Also, he’s probably a bit worried because registered voters believe, by a 57-28 margin, that Obama will do a better job on the environment).

This is important: in a time of economic hardship, more people favor the approach that Obama has put forward: reducing pollution according to what scientists say is needed, using executive authority to control pollution if Congress fails to act, and investing heavily in the green economy. There’s a new American consensus that we can’t afford not to fight global warming, meaning that Congress and the next president — whoever it is — will have a popular mandate for strong action on climate and clean energy.