New TV Ad Blasts Romney for Jokes About Climate Change (Video)

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In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Forecast the Facts and Friends of the Earth Action released a swing state TV ad this week taking Mitt Romney to task for "making climate change a punch line" at the Republican National Convention.

The 30-second spot, called “Romney vs. Sandy,” features hurricane footage and Romney's RNC comments mocking President Barack Obama for pledging to "slow the rise of the oceans."

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"When Gov. Mitt Romney made climate change a punch line at the Republican National Convention, he mocked a real threat to the lives of Americans," according to the group Forecast the Facts. "We can't let Mitt get away with his laughing dismissal of the threat of rising seas caused by the carbon polluters who fund his campaign."

Through out the campaign, both Obama and Romney have been mostly silent on the issue of climate change, prompting criticism from  environmentalists. The "Romney vs. Sandy" spot marks the first time a politically charged climate change ad has aired this election season.

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“Sandy is without question the October Surprise of 2012, and it has pushed climate change to the forefront of a campaign where it was previously almost entirely absent,” said Brad Johnson, campaign manager of Forecast the Facts.

The ad is set to run in selected TV markets in Virginia and Ohio. The group is trying to raise money to show the ad elsewhere.

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