UPDATE (9-05-08): A far more accurate description of McCain's current environmental views can be found HERE.
- To see a short description of McCain's VP, Gov. Sarah Palin's environmental views, click HERE.
- To read about McCain's interest in drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, click HERE.
- To read about McCain's misleading campaign ad on wind energy, click HERE.
- To read about the sudden campaign cash influx McCain received from oil executives after his flip-flop on offshore oil drilling, click HERE.
- To read about McCain's 0% rating by the League of Conservation Voters, click HERE.
Senator John McCain offers hope to those who are both Republicans and environmentalists (no, they are not mutually exclusive). Among a Republican primary pack of candidates who are more interested in old energy technologies then new, McCain stands out as a realist. What are McCain's views on the environment and what is his record?
John McCain has kept pace with the environmental movement.
- In 2002, McCain introduced a bill that would raise fuel-economy standards to 36 miles per gallon by 2016. It took five years for a similar law to pass in the Senate.
- In 2003, before "An Inconvenient Truth," McCain co-sponsored the first bill in the Senate to mandate reductions in the emissions. A watered-down version of the law passed last Fall.
- He held hearings in 2003 & 2004 on climate change while he was Chair of the Senate Commerce Committee.
- He opposed the 2005 Cheney energy bill (like Clinton, but not Obama) because of its oil industry give-aways.
- He has always opposed drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
- Finally, he supports a cap-and-trade program for factory emissions.
- The League of Conservation Voters has scored McCain a paltry 26% compared to Obama and Clinton in the 90% range. However, they did endorse McCain in his 2004 campaign.
- Supports the development of more nuclear power plants.
- Believes continued coal use should be considered. Also supports development of coal gasification and carbon capture/storage for coal plants.
- Voted against the 2007 energy bill which mandated improved fuel economy standards by 2020 (to be fair, it isn't clear why he voted against this very watered-down bill)
- Voted against a 2005 bill that set standards for the U.S. to diversify its energy portfolio to include 10% renewables by 2020.
- Opposed President Clinton's "roadless rule" in the National Forest system which would have prevented timber companies from taking trees from reserves.
If you want to read an interview with Senator McCain about the environment, go HERE.
To read Senator McCain's environmental platform straight from his '08 candidacy website, go HERE.