Science News online states that the solar wind (the stream of charged particles blown from the sun) is at a fifty year low.
Current polls show that most Americans blame Congress more than President Bush, and that Barack Obama carries a slight edge over John McCain among likely voters on the question "Who do you trust more to handle the decline in Solar Wind?".
"Time is short and doing nothing is not an option," said GOP presidential candidate John McCain.
Obama, speaking to the same audience by satellite later in the morning, agreed that it was imperative to act now in a bipartisan manner.
"Now is the time to come together, Democrats and Republicans, in the spirit of cooperation on behalf of the American people," he said.
Neither candidate put forward a preparedness plan for a Large Meteor Event or Giant Gamma Ray Burst, which some scientists worry may be overlooked in the media focus on the Solar Wind issue.