Presidential candidates care about the climate

Ah, the presidential primaries. When else would we learn whether Hillary Clinton prefers pearls or diamonds? And while Rudy Giuliani was never our top pick (real shocker there), we couldn’t have predicted that the former NYC mayor’s campaign would be hurting so much financially that his top advisors would agree to work for free. But a recent Rueter’s article is what’s really got us excited. Take a look:

After just two early contests in the 2008 U.S. presidential campaign, some environmental groups are already declaring a winner: the issue of climate change.


“Four candidates, two states, one winner,” was how the League of Conservation Voters put it after Tuesday's New Hampshire primary victories for Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican John McCain and Iowa caucus wins for Republican Mike Huckabee and Democrat Barack Obama. “The true frontrunner in the 2008 presidential campaign so far is the issue of global warming: all four winning candidates to date support capping greenhouse gas emissions and solving the global warming crisis,” the non-partisan environmental group said online.


Now that’s encouraging, especially after the actions of the current administration. Of course, as we learned from Bush, campaign promises aren’t always kept.

If this has got you wondering where your favorite candidate stands on climate change, there are a number of places online to check out his or her environmental platform, including the  and the League of Conservation Voters. For those that prefer a quick-and-dirty take, scroll down to read a recent roundup in the British newspaper the Independent (see below). Climate change was listed first, followed by the war in Iraq, foreign policy, and healthcare. Hmm, putting climate change at the top of the list might give people ideas…like maybe, just maybe, a changing climate could affect foreign policy, health, and other issues voters care about.

Where the candidates stand on climate change:

Hillary Clinton (D)

Waited until last November to come up with a serious cap-and-trade plan that would cut greenhouse-gas emissions to 50 per cent of 1990 levels by 2050. Her focus is efficiency and investment.


John Edwards (D)

A prime mover on climate change. He sees it as an engine for revitalizing the economy by creating "green jobs" for skilled Americans whose jobs have gone to China and India.


Barack Obama (D)

Began his campaign with platitudes and horrified the green lobby by initially backing ideas for liquefied coal. Then provided a detailed plan that would reduce emissions by 80 per cent and auction all pollution permits.


Rudy Giuliani (R)

Believes in energy independence, by which he means "not sending money to terrorists" in Saudi Arabia. Loves nuclear power, coal, drilling for oil and gas, opposes mandatory emissions cap.


Mike Huckabee (R)

Delights crowds with his feverish talk of energy independence for America within a decade. Promises to tell Saudi Arabia to keep its oil: "We don't need it any more than we need their sand."


John McCain (R)

A maverick who "gets it" about global warming and doesn't mind telling Iowa farmers that he would cut off their $3-a-gallon subsidies for ethanol. Equally against hand-outs to Big Oil.


Mitt Romney (R)

Carefully dodges the issue of whether he even “believes” in global warming. Only interested in voluntary action. He is keen on nuclear, biofuels and drilling for oil in places like Alaska's pristine wilderness.


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