WASHINGTON, DC - League of Conservation Voters President Gene Karpinski issued the following statement following tonight’s debates in New Hampshire:
“We applaud Charlie Gibson and the ABC political team for asking the Democratic candidates about global warming. Mr. Gibson sparked a critical discussion on how candidates will tackle this enormous challenge.
Global warming will be one of the most consequential issues that the next President will have to address. But it is not a Democratic issue alone. It will result in serious and potentially irreversible consequences for all Americans.
As such, we were disappointed that the issue was not discussed in the Republican debate. The public deserves to know where the Republican candidates stand on this pressing issue. There are significant differences between the Republican candidates—only two have called for mandatory action on global warming, while all the others would extend President Bush’s failed voluntary policy.
Tomorrow morning, all the Sunday talk show hosts will have an opportunity to raise this pressing issue with several candidates. In all of 2007, the hosts have only mentioned global warming in one question on their Sunday shows. This is a disservice to the American public who want to know where all the candidates stand on this urgent threat.”
The nonprofit League of Conservation Voters (LCV) is the independent political voice for the environment. To secure the environmental future of our planet, LCV’s mission is to advocate for sound environmental policies and to elect pro-environmental candidates who will adopt and implement such policies. For more information, please visit us on the web at www.lcv.org