"Any politician in the U.S. has to respond to the will of the people," she said. "People do understand that climate change is happening, but they live in their own day-to-day existence, and they're more worried about their jobs, their children, who will pay the mortgage. So climate change doesn't bubble to the top. That's why it hasn't been in the news."
Even those favorable to what the president has done, such as Dr. Thomasson, acknowledge the issue largely has fallen off of the nation's radar screen recently, but count on a second Obama term to return it to prominence.