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League of Conservation Voters Statement on the First Republican Presidential Debate

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Kristin Lee, (202) 785-8683 or kristin_lee@lcv.org May 4, 2007  

Washington, DC - League of Conservation Voters (LCV) Communications Director David Sandretti issued the following statement following the first Republican presidential debate in California: 

 

"The issues of global warming and clean, renewable energy are gaining traction in this campaign and for the first time ever global warming has become a topic for discussion at a Republican Presidential debate.  We look forward to a more thorough discussion of these issues as the campaign continues.

 

"The American people - Republicans, Independents and Democrats -- want the federal government to act.  It is time all the presidential candidates put their plans forward to address global warming and help secure a clean, energy independent future. "

 

Global warming is emerging as major issue in the 2008 campaign:

 

  • According to a recent New York Times/CBS News poll, 60 percent of Republicans, 80 percent of Independents and 90 percent of Democrats believe that quick action is necessary to curb global warming. 

 

  • Last week in the pivotal early voting state of South Carolina, two-thirds of the House of Representatives - an equal number from both parties - sent an open letter to the 2008 presidential candidates asking for action on climate change. 

 

  • A poll released last week by our state league partner, Conservation Voters of South Carolina, demonstrated that like the rest of America, South Carolinians are eager for their elected officials to get moving on solutions to climate change. 

 

  • Last month, 156 towns in the first-in-the-nation primary state of New Hampshire called for national action on climate change.  The New Hampshire Climate Change Resolution passed overwhelmingly in towns in every region of the state, including the following towns:

 

Town

County

Bush-Cheney        2004 Vote

NH Climate Change Resolution YES Vote

Littleton

Grafton

54.8%

74.3%

Sunapee

Sullivan

52.9%

73.3%

Alton

Belknap

62.1%

59.3%

Goffstown

Hillsborough

56.9%

57.4%

Wolfeboro

Carroll

56.2%

56.7%



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