WASHINGTON, DC - League of Conservation Voters President Gene Karpinski regarding tomorrow's Live Earth concerts:
"Tomorrow more than two billion people are expected to gather on all seven continents to send a clear message to world leaders: we must take action now to curb global warming.
We applaud Al Gore and the Live Earth organizers for placing this issue front and center in our nation's consciousness. In order to reclaim a hopeful and secure energy future, our next president must have a plan to address this challenge.
Yet what are the 2008 presidential candidates' plans to address global warming? We commend those candidates who have released detailed plans on how they would curb global warming, and we urge all of the rest of the candidates to do so; the public needs to know where all of the candidates stand on this critically important issue.
We have so much to gain by addressing global warming. Investments in global warming solutions are investments in our future. Through transitioning from the dirty energy policies of the past to clean, renewable energy, we can help make our nation energy independent, jump-start our economy and create good jobs. That's why in poll after poll, the American people have said that reversing global warming should be a national priority.
We urge Congress to pass strong legislation to curb global warming pollution - and we look forward to seeing all of the 2008 presidential candidates' plans to address this challenge."
****To view a chart on where the 2008 candidates stand on global warming, visit: http://www.heatison.org/candidatechart
The League of Conservation Voters and the League of Conservation Voters Education Fund has launched a major project, "The Heat Is On," to make global warming a priority issue for 2008 presidential candidates and, consequently, the next leader of our country. To learn more about the project, visit: www.heatison.org <http://www.heatison.org/>
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. For more information, please visit us on the web at www.lcv.org <http://www.lcv.org/> .