"The thing we must do is reduce our reliance on potentially violent countries. If in reducing carbon emissions we actually have a positive impact on this global-warming phenomenon, then great."
-- Tom Tancredo, October, 2007 in Grist.
Tom Tancredo hasn't made energy or global warming central parts of his campaign, which focuses first on immigration. In statements about energy policy, he focuses on weaning the nation off of foreign oil as a primary goal, with secondary environmental benefits.
He has not received notable endorsements from environmental organizations in the past.
During his time holding national office, Tancredo has an 11 lifetime score on the League of Conservation Voters Scorecard. The Scorecard rates national office holders on a scale of 0 to 100 based on their votes on environmental issues on which LCV has taken a position. Between 2001 and 2006, he twice scored zero and never scored higher than 38. On a similar scorecard for Republican members of Congress by the Republicans for Environmental Protection, Tancredo averaged 13 out of 100 in 2005 and 2006.
The 2008 Tancredo campaign has taken $7,050 from the oil and gas industry, ranking him 7th among eight Republicans and 13th overall among the 15 candidates, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
Tom Tancredo's Energy and Environmental Platform at a Glance
Tom Tancredo has only given one prominent interview on the subject of energy and environment, and these points are derived from that Oct. 11 interview with Grist and Outside Magazine.
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