Former Vice President Al Gore said the presidential election's major problem was a lack of discussion on climate change, a problem Gore believes is "the biggest issue we're facing," The Huffington Post reports.
Voters on Tuesday returned President Barack Obama to the White House for another four years, but they did little to settle the divisions over energy and the environment in Washington.
With Republicans easily retaining their hold on the House, and Democrats keeping their slim majority in the Senate, there is scant reason to believe that any new consensus will emerge soon on such hot button issues of coal pollution, green energy and global warming.
A majority of Americans who headed to the polls Tuesday believed the economy, their top concern, was stuck in the same low gear or getting worse. But in the end, they were unwilling to order a change in Washington’s leadership.
After enduring more than $2 billion in advertising and relentless campaigning, voters ended the election debate where it started two years ago: re-electing President Barack Obama and dividing control of Congress. And that will make the job of governing in a gridlocked Washington all the more challenging during the next two years.
President Barack Obama was poised to secure a second term in the White House Tuesday night after a hard-fought campaign that exposed voter frustrations with a lagging economy along with the willingness of Americans to give him a second chance.
Voters set the stage Tuesday night for two more years of partisan divide on Capitol Hill, with Republicans poised to hold their House majority while Democrats kept their grip on the Senate in what was shaping up to be mostly a status-quo election.
President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney were locked in a razor-thin race nationally, with the swing states of Florida and Ohio hanging in the balance. Midway through the evening, Romney led in Florida while Obama led in Ohio, but several Democratic strongholds were still waiting to count votes in both states.
After a robust campaign that offered voters a stark choice on the role of government, Election Day arrived Tuesday with no clear leader in the race for the White House.
About the only certainty is the victor -- Barack Obama or Mitt Romney -- will inherit a Congress poised to once again be sharply divided over energy and environmental policy.
Election forecasters predict Democrats are likely to keep control of the Senate, while Republicans hold their majority in the House. And that would mean two more years of partisan warfare that will leave the president to wield power frequently through executive authority.
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka criticized Mitt Romney at an event in Pittsburgh, arguing the candidate opposed coal as Massachusetts governor and would slash clean-coal-technology jobs, The Hill reports.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Allison Macfarlane said the NRC can't consider a public hearing on the San Onofre nuclear plant until June, when an appeal period of an Atomic Safety and Licensing Board ruling ends.