The world is already feeling the powerful effects of global warming, and far more dire consequences are predicted if we let the growing deluge of greenhouse gas emissions continue, and wreak havoc with God's creation. A group of senior retired military officers recently warned about the potential upheaval caused by conflicts over water, arable land and other natural resources under strain from a warming planet. The problem isn't a Hollywood invention nor is doing something about it a vanity of Cassandra like hysterics. It is a serious and urgent economic, environmental and national security challenge."
John McCain, April 2007
Sen. John McCain made control of carbon dioxide emissions a signature issue after his failed 2000 election bid, a decision he said started with a voter's question in New Hampshire. McCain was an original co-sponsor of the first Senate climate bill, in 2003, and was the first and for months, the only Republican presidential candidate to advocate a cap on U.S. carbon dioxide emissions.
That position, and others, has earned him past endorsements, in previous election campaigns, from the League of Conservation Voters, and it has earned him an early endorsement for 2008 president from Republicans for Environmental Protection.
Since 1999, his score on the LCV Scorecard was 29. The Scorecard rates politicians on a scale of 0 to 100 based on their votes on environmental issues on which LCV has taken a position. His score each session ranged from 6 to 56. On a similar scorecard that rates Republican office holders by Republicans for Environmental Protection, he averaged 55 out of 100 in 2005 and 2006.
The 2008 McCain campaign has taken $189,677 from the oil and gas industry, the fourth highest total of any candidate and third highest among Republicans, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
John McCain's Energy and Environmental Platform at a Glance
McCain frames energy issues both in national security terms ("We're one successful attack away from an economic crisis" because of our dependence on foreign oil) and environmental terms ("The burning of oil and other fossil fuels is contributing to the dangerous accumulation of greenhouse gases in the earth's atmosphere, altering our climate with the potential for major social, economic and political upheaval"). He endorses the views that protecting the environment is work for the faithful, and that American ingenuity and spirit can solve the daunting problems of global warming and oil addiction.
Like other Republican candidates, McCain has not published a detailed energy plan. In his April 24, 2007, energy policy speech, he promised to unveil a detailed energy strategy, if elected president, that would "promote the diversification and conservation" of energy sources. Based on that speech, his proposals as a Senator, and other public statements, here are some elements we might expect:CLIMATE
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