UPDATE (9-05-08): For a far more accurate description of McCain's current environmental views, click 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.
Comparing Obama vs. McCain on the Environment...
- In 2004, both Obama and McCain were endorsed by the League of Conservation Voters (a pro-environment organization) over their Senate race opponents.
- Both Obama and McCain support a cap-and-trade system to phase out greenhouse gas emissions by factories.***
- McCain and Obama oppose oil drilling in the Alaskan National Wildlife Refuge.
- Both candidates support expansion of liquefied coal and ethanol energy technology.
- Obama and McCain have supported expansion of nuclear power plants. Obama switched his position slightly between July 2007 and December 2007, explaining in December that until we can solve the storage and safety issues associated with nuclear power, we should not expand its use.
- Both agree that humans contribute to global climate change.
- McCain and Obama agree that the U.S. should have signed the Kyoto Treaty.
Contrasting Obama vs. McCain on the Environment...
- The League of Conservation Voters gave McCain's environmental record a score of 53% while Obama has scored in the high 90's.
- McCain opposed Dick Cheney's 2005 Energy Bill that included huge tax giveaways to oil companies with record revenues. Obama supported the bill.
- Obama supported a law that required 25% of U.S. energy come from renewable sources by 2025, McCain opposed a similar federal law.
- McCain opposed the 2007 Energy Bill written by Democrats which mandated improved vehicle fuel economy standards by 2020, Obama supported the bill.
- Obama did not join McCain and 44 other Republican and Democratic Senators in urging the Environmental Protection Agency to draft stricter Mercury restrictions.
And you can see more on the records of both Obama and Hillary Clinton HERE