Concord, NH - On the eve of the first New Hampshire Democratic and Republican debates, the League of Conservation Voters and Granite State Conservation Voters today announced an ad buy to coincide with the debates. The two ads urge the 2008 presidential candidates to make addressing global warming a top priority.
The ads will run in the New Hampshire Union Leader this Sunday and Monday. The ads are part of "The Heat Is On" campaign (www.heatison.org) designed to help create a new discourse in the 2008 presidential nomination process by generating a vigorous national debate on global warming.
"What greater challenge is our generation facing than global warming? We have the solutions now to solve this challenge, but we need presidential leadership to make it happen. It's time to turn up the heat on the presidential candidates to address global warming," League of Conservation Voters President Gene Karpinski said.
"In this year’s New Hampshire Town Meetings, over 164 towns voted for a resolution saying that global warming is a problem that must be addressed through national leadership. We hope the 2008 candidates are listening and will announce their plans to tackle global warming -- future generations deserve nothing less," said Granite State Conservation Voters Executive Director Jim O’Brien.
LCV Education Fund (LCVEF) is partnering with state league of conservation voters in each of the early voting states: Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada. In each of these states, LCVEF is working to educate caucus goers and primary voters on global warming. Through working with citizens in each of these states, the project is positioning global warming policy as a major issue. To learn more about The Heat Is On and to see videos of the candidates’ talking about this issue, visit: www.heatison.org
The ad transcripts are as follows:
Print Ad # 1:
Which is more important?
A candidate’s swimwear? [image of swimsuit]
A candidate’s hair? [image of hair and scissors]
A candidate’s favorite book? [image of open book]
Rising sea levels [photo of woman walking down flooded street]
Melting glaciers [photo of polar bear]
Growing dependence on fossil fuels [photo of smokestacks]
Is there any doubt?
The presidential debates this week provide a critical opportunity to have all the candidates explain how they’ll respond to one of the most important challenges of our future: global warming. Unless there’s something more important we need to discuss?
Print Ad # 2:
What’s the burning issue for 164 New Hampshire towns?
[Image of New Hampshire on fire, with list of towns who passed the New Hampshire Climate Change Resolution inside)
In 164 Town Meetings Across New Hampshire, voters came together and passed a resolution calling for strong federal action to combat global warming. Candidates are crisscrossing the state stumping for votes. New Hampshire is listening…
The nonprofit League of Conservation Voters (LCV) is the independent political voice for the environment. LCV, which is not a partisan organization, is the only national organization working to advocate for sound environmental policies and to elect pro-environment candidates who will adopt and implement such policies. For more information, please visit us on the web at: www.lcv.org