This blog has covered all the Presidential candidates and their various platforms & records on the environment. You can see comparisons between Hillary & Obama or Obama & McCain. You can read an interview with Ron Paul on the environment and you can sign a petition encouraging Obama & McCain to run carbon neutral campaigns.
Now that Ralph Nader has entered the 2008 Presidential contest, I feel obligated to include his views on environmental policy on the blog as well.
The important thing to know about Nader is that he has been working as a consumer advocate for decades. The issues he advocates for include corporate responsibility, consumer safety and environmental protection.
With this in mind, what would a Nader presidency include:
- A carbon tax on factories and energy plants to discourage release of carbon emissions.
- A timed phase-out of fossil fuel over the next 25 years, beginning with the worst offenders, coal and oil.
- A movement away from the current trend of government funding for corn-based ethanol and nuclear development.
- No more funding of "clean coal" technology because, despite what Obama believes, Nader says there is no such thing as clean coal.
- A level playing field where oil and gas companies do not receive the lion's share of tax subsidies and tax breaks.
- Legalized industrial hemp for consumer products like paper, cloth, etc.
- In leiu of tax incentives or subsidies, tax penalties for failure to meet pollution standards as well as technology forcing technology supported by in-house government research and development.
- An end to mountain top mining where the tops of mountains are blown off to access coal at a inexpensive price.
- Reform of the 1872 Mining Law that allows mining of minerals for as little as $2.50 an acre. This law gives away our natural resources at incredibly low prices while forcing tax payers to foot the bill on cleaning up the mess from mining.
- An end to commercial logging on federal lands.
You can visit Nader's official campaign website HERE