In every election the presidential candidates are forced to make a bold statement, one way or the other, on the environment. And since this blog is focused on sustainability their positions are an important topic. Here are three of them – climate change, renewable energy, and the EPA – from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.
I apologize for the strong Democratic Party bias in this piece, but the Republican Party has yet to embrace sustainability. There are glimpses of it from Mitt Romney, but he is backing away from many of those. And honestly, we need the Republican Party to adopt sustainable ideas to make real progress in this country.
- Supports international efforts to forge a climate change agreement.
- Enacted regulations to double the fuel efficiency of vehicles by 2025.
- Directed the federal government to reduce emissions from its buildings and vehicles by 28 percent by 2020.
- Wary of international climate negotiations.
- Opposes Obama’s new fuel efficiency standards as extreme.
- Believes climate change is happening but not due to human efforts.
- Invested billions in energy efficiency and renewable energy.
- Set ambitious clean energy goals, vowing that 80 percent will come from renewable sources by 2035.
- Supported legislation, now set to expire, that extends production tax credits to the wind industry.
- Opposes extending the tax credit for the wind industry and has vowed to end federal subsidies for renewable energy projects.
- Supports nuclear, coal, oil, and gas in equal amounts to solar and wind.
- As governor of Massachusetts, supported renewable energy authorizing the investment of $24 million.
- Empowered the EPA to draft stricter CO2 emissions standards for power plants.
- Supports proposed EPA regulations limiting emissions of mercury and other toxics from power plants.
- Supports continued federal regulation of oil and gas drilling on federal lands.
- Opposes EPA regulating carbon dioxide emissions.
- Says the states, not the federal government, should exercise control over oil and gas drilling on onshore federal lands.
- Has called for fewer regulations on the nuclear power industry to help revive it.
A fascinating article by Nate Silver about the potential female candidates for Vice President with Mitt Romney.
Is it ironic that most of them are disqualified because they generally support abortions (“mildly pro-choice”).
If Mr. Romney wanted to pick a woman this year, whom might he choose?
Actually, Mr. Romney has a bit of a problem. The Republican women with the most traditional qualifications for the vice presidency tend to be moderates, especially on abortion choice, probably making them unacceptable to the Republican base. Another group of up-and-coming female governors and senators may not be adequately seasoned for the rigors of the campaign trail. The few exceptions are probably too old, or too controversial, to be smart choices with swing voters. It has nothing to do with their gender, but any of the women that Mr. Romney might choose would be at least a little risky.
Let’s start by drawing up a “long list” of potential candidates. The qualifications for this are pretty straightforward. You have to be a woman, and a Republican. And you have to have served as governor or U.S. senator in the past five years, or as an alternative, have run for president before.
There are 14 women that meet these criteria…The first five women on this list have generally supported abortion choice — some mostly so, and some more emphatically.
Keep reading: N.Y. Times - In Search for Female Running Mate, a Shortlist for Romney
President Barack Obama proposed $80 million in new government funding for a program to boost science and math education in U.S. schools.
The aim of the new proposed funding is to train 100,000 specialized teachers, who would help to “meet an ambitious goal, which is 1 million more American graduates in science, technology, engineering, and math over the next 10 years.”
In addition, philanthropic organizations and private companies have committed to providing $22 million to help train new math and science teachers.
Organizations involved in the effort include the Carnegie Corporation of New York, Google, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Freeport-McMoRan and the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation.
The top video by far is a young man defending gay marriage (#1) and the White House Correspondent’s Dinner videos are the funniest (#2, #6).
The Republican campaign videos (#3, #7, #9) are funny or serious depending on where you sit.
And, the best news of all, tens of millions of people are watching politics and even real events, like Osama bin Laden’s death (#4).
- Zach Wahls speaks about family [defending gay marriage] – 15.99 million
- President Obama at the 2011 White House Correspondents’ Dinner - 9.18 million
- Strong [Rick Perry ad] – 7.15 million
- President Obama on death of Osama bin Laden - 6.25 million
- Brother, can you spare a trillion? Government gone wild! - 5.01 million
- Seth Meyers remarks at the 2011 White House Correspondents’ Dinner - 2.58 million
- Rick Perry – Proven Leadership - 2.13 million
- Jon Stewart Goes Head-to-Head Bill O’Reilly - 1.9 million
- Now is the time for action! [Herman Cain ad] – 1.74 million
- President Barack Obama’s First Ad of 2012 [NRSC Ad] – 1.68 million
via YouTube Trends