This next week is all politics, what with today's Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primaries on January 8. Most Americans are probably already tired of the election coverage, but we're hoping people stick it out and ask the these presidential candidates tough questions. Now is the time to make your voice heard.
The Sierra Club is on the ground in Iowa, New Hampshire and many other states making sure candidates talk about global warming and smart energy policies. Our local organizers and chapter members are attending the candidates' debates, press conferences and speeches - and the candidates are taking notice of the many people asking about these issues.Our volunteers in New Hampshire told us that at one event, John McCain thanked them for bringing up clean energy policy. At another event, Bill Richardson noticed one of our organizers holding a clean energy sign. The organizer said that, "throughout his speech (Richardson) mentioned 'Clean Energy,' and at one point, after being asked a question about global warming said something to the effect of 'It's just like this sign here says, 'The Clean Energy Future Begins in NH '08.'
Just in case you get a chance to ask any of the candidates a question or five, here's a list to get you started.
Five Questions You Should Ask the Presidential Candidates
1. How would your administration plan to reduce global warming emissions?
2. How will your administration work with other nations to reduce global warming pollution worldwide?
3. How would you balance federal funding for public transportation and road construction?
4. How do you respond to industries who try to argue that we have to choose between jobs and clean energy?
5. What are your policies on new coal fired power plants and new nuclear power plants?
Global warming and clean energy are important topics and the candidates are paying attention. Polls consistently show that a majority of Americans think global warming is one of the most pressing issues facing the country.
Our major goal in 2008 is electing a president who will take major steps in combating global warming. We also want pro-environment state legislators, and those who will work at the local level to protect the environment.
It's time for a change - it's time for the U.S. to take significant action against global warming.