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McCain’s voting record far from being “green”

The lies being spread by McCain and his campaign for getting elected speaks a lot about how he would run the country. Adding one more lie to the already piling up list is his claim of being green, and that he would go out of the way to save the environment. His Senate voting record gives a completely different picture.

Recently the Associated Press noted that “McCain has not shown up for eight Senate votes last year and this year to extend [renewable energy] tax credits, which expire at the end of this year. The last such vote was July 30.” Yet at an Aspen Institute meeting in August, when McCain was asked about those missed votes, he simply lied to the audience.

“I have a long record of that support of alternate energy,” McCain said. “I come from a state where we have sunshine 360 days a year … I’ve always been for all of those and I have not missed any crucial vote.”

Here’s what Daily Kos learnt…

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By the Way, McCain Lies About Being Green, Too

Sat Sep 20, 2008 at 10:49:26 AM PDT

When McCain did bother to show up and vote on renewable energy funding and the renewable portfolio standard (RPS), which would set the percentage of U.S. energy derived from renewables, here is how he cast his ballots:

Tax credits for clean energy R&D (2001) Nay (The green vote: Yea.)
Require a 20 percent RPS where utilities buy 20 percent clean energy (’02) Nay (The green vote: Yea.)
Reduce 20 percent RPS requirement (’02) Yea (The green vote: Nay)
Waive 20 percent RPS if utilities balk (’02) Yea (The green vote: Nay.)
Increase clean energy R&D funding (’05) Nay (The green vote: Yea.)
Clean energy incentives (’05) Nay (The green vote: Yea.)
An RPS to require utilities [to] buy some clean energy (’05) Nay (The green vote: Yea.)
Tax oil companies windfall profits to fund clean energy (’05) Nay (The green vote: Yea.)

Although it wasn’t on the Senate floor, McCain cast another vote against the environment on his birthday three weeks ago. That’s when he chose as his running mate Sarah Palin, a person who, like Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe, doesn’t believe global warming is being caused by human behavior.

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There you go…he’s probably more concerned about winning the war in Iraq than the one at home…

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September 20, 2008 Posted by | general, news, politics | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Environmental or Monetary benevolence?

Grnad Canyon floodingThis was a superb image I found on NatGeo. According to this article, about 1,135,623 liters of water was flooded into the Grand Canyon per second, with the aim of being able to restore the damage caused to the wildlife/aquatic life in the Grand Canyon area by the depleting water levels.

Seems cool. A powerful expression of human ingenuity. This picture truly symbolizes how man has been able to control the forces of nature.

Now one may get a wrong idea that the Bush Government is getting environment friendly. After making no efforts to combat global warming and recently declaring wolves in Montana “not endangered” (a decision severely criticized by many wildlife activists) , we cannot expect a lot from this government (and the John McCain one either, I bet).

Turns out that the Chief Supervisor of the Canyon was given just 1 day to make an environmental assessment. Thats ridiculous! Also, supposedly $80 million were spent into the research, and its vague where that money went. Many environmental activists have criticized this flooding event, saying it would cause more harm than good. More details about the project can be found in this article in Guardian.

March 8, 2008 Posted by | news | , , , | Leave a comment