WASHINGTON, DC – LCV President Gene Karpinski issued the following statement in reaction to Senator John McCain’s global warming speech today.
“To his credit, Senator McCain wants to do something serious about global warming, but his proposal falls far short of what the science says we need to do today.
“He has not substantively improved his plan over the bill he introduced years ago -- legislation that the science now shows is out of date.
“He is right to call for investments in new alternative forms of energy but it is troubling that he continues to support taxpayer subsidies for a mature industry like nuclear which has yet to resolve its waste disposal problem. It would be far more cost-effective to invest in renewable energy like the wind energy plant he is visiting today. Better still would be a call for a renewable electricity standard, something he has voted against time and time again.”
Last week, LCV released six questions to Senator McCain on his record. The questions can be found at http://www.lcv.org/mccainquestions.pdf
For more information on Senator McCain’s voting record, visit www.lcv.org/scorecard. The non-partisan LCV Scorecard is the nationally accepted yardstick used to rate Member of Congress on conservation and clean energy issues. Based on key conservation votes in the House and Senate, it is often used by the media to quickly describe a Member’s position.