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How Green Is Your Candidate?

Curious where each candidate stands on the environment? Grist has put together a very useful Compare the Candidates forum. The feature is as simple or as detailed as you want it to be.

Check out the easy-to-read chart, breaking down positions on coal, renewable energy, greenhouse emissions, etc. Read one-on-one interviews with the candidates all about green issues. Scroll through candidate fact sheets, which explore the candidates' records, future plans, and video to boot.

Grist, the site that adds humor to the climate crisis in order to inspire the apathetic, created the report cards. So, if you're tired of hearing the pundits break down statements made by anyone but the candidates, start getting informed about positions surrounding a crucial issue — the environment.


Jillness Jillness 9 years
I tend to be suspicious of "check list" evaluations of candidates. Hopefully, their opinions are more nuanced than just blanket "for" or "against" on most issues! It is a good place to start, I guess, but sometimes I think they can be misleading.
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
Agreed 3M!
mymellowman mymellowman 9 years
"Finally, if all of us implemented a conservationist lifestyle across the board we would jump by leaps and bounds faster and further than any Presidential directive could move us in the right direction." - Very well put. I really believe that most issues like this should be pushed by the individual. If we all do our part, it has a large effect. If we make it known to business that we want them to do their part (i.e. by only buying products that push for the goals we have (made in America, greener products) you will see more companies come around. This is something that we should focus more heavily on as individuals instead of worrying or forcing the government to force us.
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
The last time we had nuclear energy we all had to watch Jane Fonda and Michael Douglas in a movie about its dangers. I just don't think it's worth it.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
Which ever candidate is privileged enough to gain our confidence in making them our President I am happy to know that at least in this area they all have an awareness of how important it is to shift our way of lifestyle when it comes to energy consumption. With even a republican candidate who has gone on record and stated that climate change is a serious threat to our global community and is willing take another comprehensive look at the Kyoto agreement is definitely a step in the right direction. Sure some steps will have a longer stride than the others but the point is we'll be moving in the right direction. It's about damn time this train got under way, just make sure Georgie is off the train before we leave. As for nuclear energy I know there is understandable concern over its safety. The bottom line is it's dangerous stuff there no way around that fact. However, we need to get past that fact or just leave it alone. Our big issue here in the U.S. has been nuclear waste. What to do with it? The French have developed a process for recycling nuclear waste which is something we should take note of if we can get past our disdain for governments who didn't agree with us on invading Iraq. Finally, if all of us implemented a conservationist lifestyle across the board we would jump by leaps and bounds faster and further than any Presidential directive could move us in the right direction. It is up to all of us to move thoughtfully with a sense of urgency in our intent to preserve what is most precious, our existence on this gift we call earth.
stephley stephley 9 years
ooooh, this race has gone on too long! My first reaction when I saw this was 'isn't a bit late for people to be checking this now?' Then I realized how much time we have until November.
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