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Pre-Caucus Report From Iowa as a Barrel of Oil Tops $100 Mark

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Contact: David Sandretti, (202) 785-8683 or david_sandretti@lcv.org January 3, 2008  

So it finally happened: In the first day of trading in the new year yesterday, oil hit $100 per barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, further enriching wealthy oil companies at the expense of struggling consumers who are just trying to get to work and heat their homes.

And here in Iowa, as voters venture out into the cold for tonight's caucuses, the threat of global climate change and America's energy future is high on the list of hot topics for many of the presidential candidates and caucus goers. Unfortunately, these issues are still not getting the attention they deserve from the mainstream media.

As the Democratic candidates made their closing arguments to Iowans, global warming is on their lips. Republican candidates John McCain and Mike Huckabee are talking about it.  In fact, at a campaign stop in Grinnell today, when someone in the crowd thanked Huckabee for his support of action on global warming he replied, "Thanks.  I just wished my party would
do more on that..."

Why aren't the media paying attention to the greatest challenge of our generation? Why aren¹t they asking more questions, putting forth the candidates to lay out their plans for reducing our energy consumption, decreasing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing fuel mileage standards?

Sign the petition at www.whataretheywaitingfor.com and let the media know you take the threat of global warming seriously and you want answers!  While you're at it, check out the League of Conservation Voters' 2008 Presidential Primaries Voter Guide at www.lcv.org

It is TIME: Time to move toward alternative energy sources like wind and solar. Time to build cars that go farther on a $3.50 gallon of gas. Time to cut greenhouse gas emissions. Time to say goodbye, once and for all, to the expensive, dirty energy of the past and invest in clean, renewable energy
for our future.

It's a gross understatement to say that President Bush has failed to make global warming a priority. Yes, he signed the energy bill, increasing fuel efficiency standards to 35 mpg, but on the same day, his Environmental Protection Agency thwarted the plans of California and other states to take bolder steps to address global warming by cutting tailpipe emissions.  We ran into Obama supporter and Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler here in Des Moines and he told us his state is joining California and many others in a lawsuit against the EPA to get it to do what it was created to do.  In other news today Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. (Thank you!) is calling for an inspector general's investigation into the decision.

It's clear that our NEXT president is going to be the first occupant of the White House to make fighting global warming a top priority.

Our job is to elect that person. Let¹s get started tonight.



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