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Ron Paul For President In 2008

Environmental issues (more specifically, climate change) have a real presence in the upcoming presidential election. According to a survey conducted by the Sacred Heart University Polling Institute, 93.1% of respondents said they would be more likely to support a candidate whose platform includes a plan to improve the environment. But where do each of the candidates stand? Because, let's face it...some will be champions for the environment. And others will not be.

 

 

Ron Paul (R)

 

Summary: Does not believe there is a consensus on climate change. Does not believe the government should have a major role, other than ending subsidies to oil companies.

 

The Candidate Says: "I don't think the - the ozone has settled on that yet. I don't think everybody knows everything about global warming, because you have reputable scientists on both sides of that argument....[If the government is to do something about global warming] then you have to deal with the volcanoes and you have to deal with the pollution of China. So, do you want to invade China to make sure they don't pollute? And what are you going to do about the volcanoes? They are all contributing factors to global warming. But that doesn't mean that you shouldn't do what we can to slow up the emissions and stop subsidizing big oil companies. I don't like subsidizing the oil companies. They've been doing that for years." (Interview with Bill Maher, 30 March 2007)

 

If Elected, The Candidate Would...:

  • End subsidies to hydrocarbons
  • Support property rights to clean up environment

 

In The Past:

  • Voted no on an amendment to the Energy Policy Act of 2005, which would have raised car fuel standards to 33 mpg by 2015
  • Voted no on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Bill of 2001, which would have continued to prohibit oil drilling and exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

 

Current Status:

  • Has consistently placed in 3rd and 4th place in primaries and caucuses
  • Has not dropped out of race, however, as of March 14, 2008, he has only secured 21 delegates and John McCain has secured enough to win the GOP nomination

 

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