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Do Obama and Romney Even Care About the Environment?

Do Obama and Romney Even Care About the Environment?
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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.

2012 Democratic Policy Platform [PDF]

Energy

  • President Obama has encouraged innovation to reach his goal of generating 80 percent of our electricity from clean energy sources by 2035. Democrats support making America the world’s leader in building a clean energy economy by extending clean energy incentives…. [p.7]
  • We support more infrastructure investment to speed the transition to cleaner fuels in the transportation sector. [p.7]
  • Democrats will fight to cut tax subsidies for Big Oil while promoting job growth in the clean energy sector…. [p.7]
  • Harnessing our natural gas resources needs to be done in a safe and responsible manner, which is why the Obama administration has proposed a number of safeguards to protect against water contamination and air pollution. We will continue to advocate for the use of this clean fossil fuel, while ensuring that public and environmental health and workers’ safety are protected. [p.7]

Environment

  • Democrats are committed to balancing environmental protection with development, and that means preserving sensitive public lands from exploration, like the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Pacific West Coast, Gulf of Maine, and other irreplaceable national landscapes. [p.7]
  • We affirm the science of climate change, commit to significantly reducing the pollution that causes climate change…. [p.20]
  • Democrats pledge to continue showing international leadership on climate change, working toward an agreement to set emission limits in unison with other emerging powers. [p.21]

Keep reading for the GOP stance on energy and the environment…

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5:29AM PDT on Nov 3, 2012

@ Ray C. “Ernest, I've forgot more than you will ever know about Politics,” Very possible. You seem to have also forgotten how the English language is correctly used. I think that’s called alzheimers.

7:47PM PDT on Oct 5, 2012

The question is not if they Care it has become are the for the environment or against iit

You can say you have concern about sickle cell anemia and ask for donations and unless the doner reads the fin print the discover they have donated to creat a super sickle

I walked in the first Earth Day.now my feet hurt

3:29PM PDT on Oct 5, 2012

Obama! Give him a chance.

7:23AM PDT on Oct 5, 2012

They don't seem to be in touch with real everyday problems ,, yes they make great speaches to get "Brownie points" ,,you'll still pay your Taxes, go to work ( if your luckey to have a job) all you will have , will be promises "haven't the money for, Education , jobs, Health-care .and so on.
But the person liveing at 1666 won't have these problems,,,

11:12AM PDT on Oct 4, 2012

There needs to be a dramatic leap in energy technology because these sorry decades old rehashed polluting technology including shoddy clean energy bogusness is beyond salvage. Get a real clean energy program, USA. DO IT, DO IT NOW!

7:43PM PDT on Oct 3, 2012

Obama YES - ! Romney, come on get real! No frigging way!

1:30PM PDT on Oct 3, 2012

Obama 2012 !!

11:41AM PDT on Oct 3, 2012

Do they care? In a word, 'No'!

7:08AM PDT on Oct 3, 2012

This is another example to show how cruel the Spanish people can be. They are known for their cruel sports beginning from bull fights. They have little respect and love for sentient life. The Catholic Church which is supposed to deeply influence its Spanish followers pays little heed to Spanish cruelty as though Jesus (and Mother Mary) condone such cruelty. It is truly by the grace of God that this puppy has found another life. I hope the perpetrators of this cruelty will pay for their sins and be shot eight times through the head and lose their eyes. Tit for tat! These people, whoever they are, can never be forgiven. God bless Alexandra and the poor doggy they found.

6:42AM PDT on Oct 3, 2012

I say again, with Tolkien's "Treebeard," that since nobody is on my side [re:environmental issues] I'm not exactly on anyone's side, either. However, I will take the least offensive choice in November, and I will vote, using my main issue(s) as guide. Too bad we can't simply "Turn all the rascals..." (of whatever party) "...out!" And no, I'm neither young, nor naive. ;-)

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