Touting Democratic candidate John Kerry’s “history of engagement that extends back to the first Earth Day in 1970,” the non-profit League of Conservation Voters today released its environmental scorecard which gives Kerry the highest lifetime ranking of all the presidential candidates.
“In my first one hundred days as president, my Administration will aim to rollback the George W. Bush assault on clean air and clean water and work to strengthen our nation’s environmental laws,” said John Kerry. “I also will work to implement a plan to make the U.S. energy independent of Middle East oil in ten years—and create 500,000 jobs by investing in renewable energy sources, such as ethanol, solar, and wind.”
The League of Conservation Voters’ Presidential Profile credits Kerry with taking “a leadership role in promoting higher fuel efficiency standards for cars and trucks, combating attempts to drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and in overturning efforts to weaken the Clean Air Act.” The report also touted Kerry’s work on international environmental initiatives including the incorporation of environmental safeguards in trade negotiations and his work on climate change.
“In his run for the presidency, Kerry has made the environment a central issue, devoting several significant forums to his plans for environmental action if elected,” the report noted.