WASHINGTON – Just in time for Earth Day, League of Conservation Voters Education Fund (LCVEF) President Gene Karpinski today released a handy one page guide on where the 2008 presidential candidates currently stand on global warming with LCVEF’s Earth Day statement. A more detailed analysis of the candidates positions is available at the heatison.org, LCVEF’s program to elevate global warming in the 2008 election:
"Every spring we celebrate Earth Day by reflecting on our accomplishments and renewing our dedication to protecting our planet for future generations. Since the late Senator Gaylord Nelson founded Earth Day 37 years ago, our nation has taken many important steps to protect our planet and improve public health.
Today, on the 37th anniversary of Earth Day, our world faces no greater challenge than global warming. Yet while the challenge of global warming is great, so too are the opportunities to rise up to the challenge and invest in a more secure and hopeful tomorrow.
At the League of Conservation Voters Education Fund, we are working to turn up the heat on the presidential candidates to outline comprehensive plans to address global warming and our nation’s energy challenges.
As part of our mission set forth by the Earth Day founders to improve our environment, we are releasing a chart on where all of the 2008 candidates stand on solutions to address global warming, including their positions on a carbon cap, fuel economy and renewable electricity standards.
Religious leaders, the scientific community and even growing numbers of major U.S. corporations -- all have expressed the will to quickly address this challenge.
Yesterday, climate experts in Oslo, Norway joined others in the scientific community to call for an 80 percent reduction in global warming pollution by 2050. Last week, we joined hundreds of thousands of Americans across the country to urge Congress to “Step It Up” and embrace that goal.
According to a recent poll by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner, 60 percent of Americans support our government taking immediate action to address global warming.
While global warming is monumental challenge, solving it is not a mystery. But in order to get a jump start on solutions, we need leadership in Congress and from the next occupant of the White House to make it happen.
This Earth Day, we urge each of the 2008 presidential candidates who have not yet announced their proposals to reduce global warming to quickly do so and help lead our country to a brighter tomorrow."
Please find the guide to the 2008 presidential candidate’s current positions attached. To view a more detailed analysis of where the 2008 presidential candidates stand on global warming, click here: http://www.heatison.org/currentcandidatepositionsfulltext
To learn more about The Heat Is On project and to see current video of the candidates addressing global warming, visit: www.heatison.org
The nonprofit League of Conservation Voters Education Fund (LCVEF) is a charitable 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to strengthen the capacity of the environmental movement,
mobilize citizens as informed voters and advocate for sound environmental policies.