As you may well know, the environment will be a major factor in the upcoming debates. I therefore wish to inform those who aren't sure on the
Knowing that many of you aren't one issue voters, this is just here to educate and spark intelligent discussion. I repeat, intelligent discussion.
The following will be focused mainly on the incumbent and his direct opposition . But please feel free to discuss Badnarik's or Nader's take on the
issues. I will at the end post links to 3rd party candidates.
I won't type all of it out, but this is taken from an EVEC (Environmental voter education campaign):
George Bush and John Kerry: Who shares your priorities?
George Bush is seeking to allow coal-fired power plants to put three times more mercury into the air than the current Clean Air Act allows. The
administration is also seeking to delay smog reduction and exposing millions of Americans to air pollution for longer than the Clean Air Act
John Kerry was an original co-sponsor of the Clean Power Act of 2003 which would cut emissions of mercury, carbon dioxide and other pollutants.
Has proposed a policy directive to allow a combination of untreated and treated sewage to be discharged into waterways during rainstorms.
Has repeatedly advocated for increased enforcement of clean water laws and for strengthening the Safe Drinking Water Act (Though I wouldn't trust the
drinking water under any administration).
Suspended a more protective standard for arsenic in drinking water set during the previous administration. He was forced to reverse his policy due to
Voted to prevent the Bush administration from returning to a standard tht would have allowed more arsenic in drinking water.
Under pressure from hunting and fishing groups, stopped a threatened rulemaking that would have removed many of the nation's wetlands and small
streams from Clean Water Act protection. However, he issued a directive to agencies not to enforce the Clean Water Act for these small streams and
wetlands without first obtaining permission from national headquarters, leaving 20 percent of America's wetlands at risk for dumping, filling, or
Co-sponsored a legislation that would restore Clean Water Act protection for wetlands.
Toxic Waste Cleanup
Refuses to support the principle of "polluter pays" and believes taxpayers, not polluters, should pay to clean up abandoned toxic waste sites.
Co-sponsored legislation that would take the burden off the taxpayers and reinstate taxes which would hold polluting companies responsible for paying
to clean up abandoned toxic waste sites.
Approved the creation of a nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain.
Has consistently voted against establishing a nuclear repository at Yucca Mountain in Nevada.
Backed away from the Kyoto treaty to reduce international greenhouse gas emissions responsible for global warming and reversed his campaign promise to
cut emissions of carbon dioxide.
Introduced legislation to address global climate change and cut greenhouse gas emissions.
Proposed cutting energy efficiency research and development by 27 percent overall.
Voted against defunding renewable energy programs.
Wild Land Protection
Has pushed repeatedly to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling for oil.
Voted repeatedly to block oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and co-sponsored a bill to protect a portion of the refuge as
Opened millions of acres of National Forests to increased logging in the name of wild fire protection. (By removing parts of forests so fire couldn't
spread (Remember, fires are good for forests and will naturally occur every once in awhile))
Has voted to cut subsidies for logging in national forests.
The aforementioned is an un-biased look at the issues and contrary to first glance, is not skewed in any way. If you have a problem with anything
mentioned, I will happily tell you where I got it or provide a link. I in no away advocate either of the above candidates (Though ones record seems
much better than the others).
Ralph Nader: www.issues2000.org...
Michael Badnarik: www.badnarik.org...
And, finally, www.Sierraclub.com...
So, let's hear your thoughts.
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