How GREEN are the Candidates?

January 14, 2008

Reposted with permission from Raychelle Harris at EcoDeaf.blogspot.com

Which Presidential Candidate to Vote For?

by Raychelle

Being a voter in this climate isn’t easy. Presidential candidates are trained in rhetoric, and they know what to say to get on our good side. Personally, I like someone who’s straight up with me. But that’s not how you become President in this society today.

What to do? I want a Green President, but not at the expense of other equally important issues for me such as health care (Michael Moore’s Sicko!), Deaf community rights, taxes, marriage for same-sex couples, abortion, the war and education.

To save my time researching which presidential candidate is the best advocate for the environment, I go to the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) website (www.lcv.org). LCV is an organization that “advocates for sound environmental policies and pro-environmental candidates who have stated they will adopt and implement such policies. LCV is the independent political voice for the environment.”

Since 1996, over 80% of their endorsed candidates have gone on to win their political positions.

LCV developed a voter’s guide for 2008: LCV Voter Guide They base their evaluation of each candidate on their actual performance in Congress or in their state and their responses to LCV’s presidential questionnaire, with some quotes from them on the environment. So far, LCV has not yet endorsed a Presidential Candidate.

The following Presidential Candidates never responded to LCV’s questionnaire, and do not have a voting record (action speaks louder than words), however LCV summarizes their views on the environment in their guide for those of you want to read more about them.

R – Governor Mike Huckabee – N/A
R – Governor Mitt Romney – N/A
R- Mayor Rudy Giuliani – N/A

Here’s the LCV Lifetime Score for each candidate, 0 for the worst, and 100 for the best. Asteriks indicate that they did not return LCV’s Presidential Candidate Questionnaire. For those that filled out the questionnaire, you can read their answers at the LCV site.

R- Senator John McCain – 26
R – Representative Ron Paul – 30*
D- Senator John Edwards – 59
D – Governor Bill Richardson – 82
D- Senator Hillary Clinton – 90
D- Representative Dennis Kucinich – 92*
D- Senator Barack Obama – 96

For more information, go visit the League of Conservation Voters site! Their information was certainly helpful, at least for me.


One comment

  1. Hey Raychelle, thanks for information. Isnt it true that going Green has always been a Democrat issues? That might explained why the R – Candidates didnt do it homework!
    However, R – Dennis Kucinich who didnt do the survey must be speaking loudly about it during his campaign. Good for him.

    I cant wait to hear LCV’s endorsement. I hope, I hope, I hope….. it will be a Democrat!

    Al Gore and his troop is doing a great job waking us up!

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