WASHINGTON, D.C. – League of Conservation Voters President Gene Karpinski issued the following statement in response to President Bush’s State of the Union address:
“After seven years of a presidential assault on environmental protections, of siding with Big Oil over consumers and the environment, of refusing to address the global warming crisis and actively thwarting state efforts to do so, the President promised more of the same tonight,” said League of Conservation Voters President Gene Karpinski. “The best thing about President Bush’s State of the Union speech tonight is that it is his last.”
“The very idea that the President would attempt to take credit for ‘leadership’ in the post-2012 global warming program is absurd, especially considering that his Administration was internationally shamed in Bali. To prove the point, one need only look at two recent actions – denying a waiver to California and many other states to set tough global warming standards and opposition to a federal renewable electricity standard. That is the sorry legacy of this Administration.”
“It’s time to to elect a president who will join our partners around the world to reduce energy consumption and fight global warming. LCV will work hard to elect a president who is committed to standing up to oil interests and giving up the dirty energy of the past in favor of the clean energy of the future.
“We urge voters to read up on the presidential candidates’ environmental plans in our 2008 Voters Guide at www.lcv.org/voterguide to find the candidate best equipped and most committed to dramatically reducing global warming pollution and bringing about a clean energy future.”