Turning the heat up - an environmental comparison
by passionateprogressive, Mon Sep 03, 2007 at 07:32:10 AM EDT
The League of Conservation Voters has been tracking where all candidates - Democratic and Republican - stand on 5 key issues related to the environment. You can read a summary here:
If you disagree with this factual summary, please take it up with the LCV and not me! I have volunteered with them and respect their track record, and thus trust them as a source.
My thoughts from reading this:
- Republicans clearly don't get it. Most of their candidates either haven't articulated positions or have opposed progress in at least 1 of the 5 areas analyzed by the LCV. If Dems can tap into this issue, it's a clear distinguishing factor for us. I think as another year passes before the election, people will be even more sensitive to this issue.
- Hillary is the most conservative of the Dems. Her timetables and goals are less aggressive. Realistically, none of the candidates will get everything they want, but starting with lower goals means we have less to give up during negotiations. If the environment is near the top of your issues list, then Hillary shouldn't be your candidates.
- Obama isn't much better - only in 1 of the 5 measures does he improve over Hillary.
- Edwards is better in each of the 5 categories than Hillary and 4 of 5 compared with Obama.
- Richardson, to nobody's surprise, is the most progressive in this area. Energy/environment clearly has been his platform for months and it may help him win the vote of hard-core greenies.
What they left off here was the liquid coal issue, which I had seen on an earlier version of this chart. It wasn't favorable for Obama or Clinton - but perhaps as their stances changed, they decided to remove it from the chart too.
Personally, along with health-care, I believe this is the biggest issue facing us. I want someone who will lead in both of these areas. For me, that points to Edwards.
If there was a previous diary on this, sorry that I missed it. Regardless, I believe this is such an important issue and it deserves continuous discussion.