Have you decided who you’ll vote for in the November 2012 general election? If you’re like many Americans, you’re probably feeling a little underwhelmed with the choices. As the Occupy Wall Street movement has pointed out so many times in the last year, both parties are controlled by the financial interests of the 1%. Both take money from SuperPACs, a benefit of the democracy-killing Citizen’s United ruling. Both have made 180 degree chances in their stance on policy issues.
As broken as our political system is right now, it’s the only one we have to work with. Even in this broken system, the people can prevail, but we HAVE TO VOTE. So if you can’t get behind a candidate completely, it’s time to choose a deal breaker issue. For me, those issues are energy and the environment (surprise, surprise). So how do the Democratic and Republican platforms stack up with regard to these two issues?
Here’s a short summary of what both platforms have to save about issues involving energy and environmental protections. Keep in mind, political platforms are non-binding documents, but they do reflect on party leadership. Numbers in brackets indicate the page in each platform document where that statement can be found. Use it to help guide your decision on voting day. After all, you can’t do business on a dead planet.
Keep reading for the GOP stance on energy and the environment…
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