On October 5, 1988, Democratic Senator Lloyd Bentsen and Republican Senator Dan Quayle discussed global warming in the Vice Presidential debate, with both men agreeing that the problem must be addressed during the next four years; Bentsen suggested that natural gas and ethanol might be alternatives to oil dependence. (49:33-52:45)

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On October 5, 2000, Democratic Senator Joseph Lieberman and Republican ex-Representative Dick Cheney discussed energy issues in the Vice Presidential debate; Lieberman stressed the importance of energy efficiency, while Cheney…didn’t. (48:30–58:32)

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(Hat tip to Brad Johnson of Hill Heat.)

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D. R. Tucker is a Massachusetts-based journalist who has served as the weekend contributor for the Washington Monthly since May 2014. He has also written for the Huffington Post, the Washington Spectator, the Metrowest Daily News, investigative journalist Brad Friedman's Brad Blog and environmental journalist Peter Sinclair's Climate Crocks.