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LCV Applauds Katie Couric and CBS for Pressing Candidates on Climate Change

Contact: David Sandretti, (202) 785-8683 or December 12, 2007  

WASHINGTON, DC _ League of Conservation Voters President Gene Karpinski hailed CBS News anchor Katie Couric for questioning the presidential candidates on global warming.


“We applaud CBS Evening News and anchor Katie Couric for pressing the 10 leading presidential candidates on the single greatest challenge of this generation: global warming,” Karpinski said. “And we encourage other networks and journalists to hold the presidential candidates accountable, to question them on this and other environmental issues which are clearly important to the American people as we choose our next president.”


For the series “Primary Questions: Character, Leadership & The Candidates,” Couric is asking the candidates 10 questions designed to go beyond politics. In the segment that aired Tuesday night, Couric posed the question: “Do you think the risks of climate change are at all overblown?”


“The candidates’ answers show a stark contrast: Democratic hopefuls Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, John Edwards, Bill Richardson and Joe Biden, as well as Republican candidate John McCain, all said they take the issue seriously and have proposed solid plans for addressing climate change,” said Karpinski. “Mitt Romney gave the impression that America has to wait for the rest of the world to act.  But America has always led the world and the American people want America to lead the world again with a solution to global warming. 


While it is encouraging that Mike Huckabee expressed support for a cap-and-trade system for reducing greenhouse gases, both he and Fred Thompson voiced skepticism over science that has proved, time and again, that climate change is real and that humans are contributing to it. What’s worse, Thompson offered no real solutions and even disparaged those who see the need to take action on global warming.


“Katie Couric and CBS Evening News are leading the way,” Karpinski concluded. “We urge other journalists to get onboard and question the presidential candidates on global warming and other environmental issues critical to the survival of our planet.”


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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.



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