According to the Sierra Club: "Two weeks ago was the only Senator to duck a crucial vote on the future of clean energy in America -- dooming to failure the measure that would have helped make renewable energy more affordable and accessible. Now it turns out this missed vote is part of a pattern.
Last week, the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) released the 2007 National Environmental Scorecard giving a score of ZERO. According to the scorecard, McCain was the only member of Congress to skip all 15 crucial environmental votes scored by LCV.
McCain's LCV score exposes the real record behind the rhetoric -- a lifetime LCV score of 24, a history of siding with the polluters and special interests, and a consistent pattern of ducking important environmental votes."In addition to the environment, this year I'll be considering foreign policy heavily in my vote. Even if I could look past Ex-President Clinton's inaction during the Rwandan genocide (which I can't), I'd have severe doubts about Hilary for a number of reasons. In the next few years, our policies in the middle east will be crucial. The fact is that most leaders of middle eastern countries are a lot more likely to cooperate with Barak Obama than Hilary Clinton, as they simply will not be able to get past the fact that she's a woman, or the baggage of her husband's policies. With Kenyan roots, I'm also hopeful that Obama will improve our policies in Africa. I certainly hope we choose to do something about the Darfur crisis, and that we consider how U.S. policy can effect the poorest countries.
For example, farm subsidies. More than one African has said to me "How can your country subsidize farmers? It makes it so we cannot sell our crops." Certainly, farm subsidies have a plethora of problems, most of which have been commented on extensively by others, so I'll just mention them in passing.
Yes, no secret, I'm supporting Obama. At least he is something new. With Hilary we get experience, but much of that experience is in manipulating, fundraising, covering up, spinning, and corruption. I have no respect for her or her husband, and if you do, I'll respect that, so you don't need to send flaming comments. Personally, I'm thrilled to see Obama doing so well against one of America's most powerful couples, in results and in fundraising. Just when I was thinking things would never change in Washington, they just might.
As a side note, Obama sat on the committee that heard testimony on the Animal Terrorism Act which made actions by animal rights groups classified as "terrorist activities." When I was researching that bill I was pleased with his intelligent comments on the issue. While we can't know what all he'll do for the environment, animals, or foreign policy if elected, at least his votes so far indicate he's headed in all the right directions.