Monday, October 6, 2008

Candidates on the Environment

There have been so many claims and counter-claims in the election coverage that it is difficult to sort out the facts from the fiction.

The Encyclopedia Britannica has posted a page on their website which reviews the voting records and positions taken by the candidates on issues relating to the environment and animal welfare.
This week Advocacy for Animals takes a look at the views of the U.S. presidential and vice-presidential candidates on issues related to the environment and animal welfare. Following is a summary of the voting records, official acts, and public statements of Senator John McCain (R), Senator Barack Obama (D), Governor Sarah Palin (R), and Senator Joe Biden (D) on drilling, mining, and energy
conservation and development; animal welfare, including the protection of endangered or threatened species; global warming; and environmental conservation
Topics covered include: Drilling, mining and energy, Animal welfare and protection, Global warming, and Environmental conservation.

Read this detailed and thoroughly researched discussion of the candidates positions:

Special Election Issue: The Candidates on the Environment and Animal Welfare - Advocacy For Animals
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1 comment:

Sam said...

Being an environmental scientist, I tend to avoid the politics during Election Season. I do a lot of work with the EPA, states, and ports but business is basically in a holding pattern until mid-November.

What happened since the so-called Republican Movement was that environmental science government funding has been cut back 5 percent a year every year, so that little remains of the expertise and resources. A few business trade lines like airports and marine ports did very well in the deregulation climate, for which I am very lucky. However, in the latest economic malaise, even they are cutting back, or simply not executing contracts.

There is talk about a new Administration that could invest more in renewable energy, the current hot topic in addition to monitoring Global Warming issues. In addition, many of the 1970 environmental laws updated in the early 1990s need to be reauthorized.

With the economy in shambles, however, and so many horrible things done in recent years, I wouldn't expect a very fast turn-around, however. -sam