The Low Down On Green Living
January 10th, 2008
We’re deep into primary season, and we thought it might be helpful for you to be able to survey the environmental positions of the presidential candidates. We run a non-partisan shop here at Low Impact Living, but we’re sure you’ll agree that protecting the environment will be a key responsibility of our new president. We hope that you will make environmental protection an important factor in your voting decision.
So please have a look here at the various major candidates’ views. Do they support the Kyoto Protocol? Do they have other specific proposals for reducing our carbon emissions? What is their stance on water quality? Let’s kick the tires, folks. I am not inserting my own positions– I am simply quoting from the candidates themselves.
And we welcome you to share your comments liberally (or conservatively). May the best man or woman win!
The Democrats (in alpha order)
According to the Clinton campaign, “The choices we make about energy touch nearly every aspect of our lives. Our economy, our national security, our health, and the future of our planet are all at stake as we make a choice between energy independence and dependence on foreign sources of oil. Hillary has proposed an Apollo Project-like program dedicated to achieving energy independence.” She wants toreduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent from 1990 levels by 2050 and create a $50M “Strategic Energy Fund.” To read more about her positions, please click here.
The Edwards campaign says, “Global warming is a crisis that could fundamentally change our planet, creating hundreds of millions of deaths and starvation. Edwards will restore our energy independence by asking Americans to be patriotic about something other than war and building a new energy economy based on clean renewable energy and energy efficiency.” He wants to introduce a cap-and-trade system by 2010 and create a “New Energy Economy Fund” by auctioning off $10 billion in greenhouse pollution permits. To learn more about Edwards’ positions, please click here.
The Kucinich camp says, “As the world population soars towards eight billion, critical issues of survival face all of us. Living on a planet of finite resources means that human life can not be sustained indefinitely without careful thought and compassion coupled with political courage… A Kucinich administration would immediately put the United States in the forefront of solving the global warming crisis by rejoining the Kyoto accord and implementing its recommendations.” He supports a “Global Green Deal” that would enable the introduction of $50 billion of new solar projects around the world. To read more about his positions, click here.
Obama says “I don’t believe that climate change is just an issue that’s convenient to bring up during a campaign. I believe it’s one of the greatest moral challenges of our generation. That’s why I’ve fought successfully in the Senate to increase our investment in renewable fuels. That’s why I reached across the aisle to come up with a plan to raise our fuel standards… I went to Detroit, I stood in front of a group of automakers, and I told them that when I am president, there will be no more excuses — we will help them retool their factories, but they will have to make cars that use less oil.” To read more about his positions on energy and the environment, click here.
Giuliani does not address the environment specifically on his site, but he does address the importance of energy independence. He says, “Every potential solution must be pursued – from nuclear power to increased energy exploration to more aggressive investment in alternative energy sources. I believe that America can achieve energy independence through a national strategy that emphasizes diversification, innovation, and conservation.” He supports increased use of ethanol & biofuels, expansion of nuclear power, and “clean coal.” To learn more about his views, please click here.
Like Giuliani, Huckabee focuses on energy independence. He says, “The first thing I will do as President is send Congress my comprehensive plan for energy independence. We will achieve energy independence by the end of my second term. Achieving energy independence is vital to achieving success both in the war on terror and in globalization. Energy independence will help guarantee both our safety and our prosperity.” He also belives that “We have to explore, we have to conserve, and we have to pursue all avenues of alternative energy: nuclear, wind, solar, hydrogen, clean coal, biodiesel, and biomass.” Learn more on Huckabee’s views on energy independence, click here.
The McCain camp writes, “John McCain has a proud record of common sense stewardship. Along with his commitment to clean air and water, and to conserving open space, he has been a leader on the issue of global warming with the courage to call the nation to action on an issue we can no longer afford to ignore.” To learn more about McCain’s views, click here.
Ron Paul says, “The key to sound environmental policy is respect for private property rights. The strict enforcement of property rights corrects environmental wrongs while increasing the cost of polluting.” If you want to hear more of what Ron Paul has to say about the environment, please visit http://www.ronpaul2008.com/issues/environment/ .
Romney also focuses on energy independence: “For too long, America has been entangled with and dependent on foreign suppliers of oil. As long as America imports much of our oil from unstable regions and countries around the world, our national security and economic prosperity is threatened. Because energy independence is crucial to our economy and our national security, we must establish it as a top administration priority, and lead the U.S. to a future with affordable and secure energy.” To learn more about Romney’s views, click here.
The Thompson campaign states, “The energy challenges our nation faces today are real and significant. Our dependence on foreign sources of oil threatens our national security and puts our economic prosperity at risk. America must rise to the challenge and take the steps necessary to become more energy independent before this becomes a crisis.” To learn more about Thompson on energy security, click here.
What do YOU think? Who do you find most compelling? Which candidate has the best specific environmental plans? What questions do you think are left un-answered? We invite you to share your comments!
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