This year's omissions make the prospects cloudy for climate action in the next four years, whether the nation is led by Obama or Romney.
Both believe that warming is happening, though Obama emphasizes more strongly that humans are a key contributor to the problem. Now, without detailed explanations of how, or if, their administrations would tackle the problem, some observers are concerned that climate change is tumbling down the priority list of the next president.
"We know what Obama has done to date, which has been positive and good, but we don't hear anything about what the next four years will hold in terms of carbon reduction," said Larry Schweiger, president of the National Wildlife Federation.
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