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Environment: a huge difference between Kerry and Bush

I've decided to rebel from the group-mind of the Nader crowd, and compare the platforms of Kerry and Bush. A big difference I've found is in environmental protection. Kerry pledges support of the endangered species act, and specifies habitat protection as a primary need. He also advocates extending protections to private (i.e. timber company) land. This is a huge difference between Kerry and Bush. Worth considering when weighing the value of your vote.
From Kerry's website

"John Kerry will enter into a "Conservation Covenant" with the American people to tread lightly on the public lands and protect and restore our nation's parks and other treasures for the benefit of future generations. As part of the covenant, John Kerry will implement the Endangered Species Act in a cooperative manner that extends the benefits of wildlife and habitat protection to public and private lands.  He will put new teeth into requirements that private companies who lease public lands return the land to its original state. The Covenant will reinvest royalties obtained from extracting resources from public lands back into protecting our lands, and require that before remote public lands are opened up to new resource development, the federal government evaluate the long term economic and environmental costs associated with such actions."

Check out more of his environmental policies. He really isn't like Bush at all in this crucial area. For example, his energy plan doesn't involve invading countries with oil, as Bush/Cheney's plan does. Here's his website summary of his energy plan.

"John Kerry has outlined a comprehensive energy plan that will tap America's initiative and ingenuity to strengthen our national security, grow our economy, and protect our environment. Kerry's plan will increase and enhance domestic energy sources and provide incentives to help Americans use energy more cleanly and efficiently. When sixty-five percent of the world's oil reserves lie beneath the Persian Gulf states and only 3 percent lie beneath America, we cannot drill our way to independence. We can, however, develop and deploy clean energy technologies that will make us more efficient and allow us to capitalize on domestic and renewable sources of energy. John Kerry's plan for a renewable energy trust fund to invest in the development of renewable energy will reduce our oil dependence by more than 2 million barrels of oil a day - about the same amount we import from the Persian Gulf. Kerry's plan will also create 500,000 new jobs over the next decade and work toward producing 20 percent of US energy from renewable fuels by 2020."

That is also radically different than Bush's platform.

In terms of the environment, Kerry is nothing like Bush at all.
Onthe 26.Jun.2004 09:38


Now post Bush's plan. I doubt Bush says he is going to invade oil countries and I would guess his plan talks about creating jobs, and protecting the environment and growing the economy and so on.

I am not arguing that there is no difference between Bush and Kerry, but I have no expectation that Kerry will do anything except cater to corporate interests and that means we all get screwed.

Democrats who defend corporate interests are deadly for the environment 26.Jun.2004 10:14


more so than Republicans. Under Clinton, virtually all of the mainstream environmental movement rallied behind his "environmental presidency", cutting back room deals that endorsed or supported such extreme anti-environmental legislation as NAFTA and the salvage rider.

Under Kerry, you get presidential rhetoric in favor of environmental protection coupled with backhanded favors to anti-environmental interests. At least Reagan and Bush, the environmental movement could deal with its enemies as straight-out warfare, but with Kerry's friendly face, look for more selling-out of the left.

Clinton / Gore promised to stop PA toxic waste incinerator 26.Jun.2004 10:54

former Greenpeace activist

but didn't.

there is no difference between Ketchup-Kerry and Bush on any issue, least of all environment.

(some) Democrats (not Ketchup-Kerry) talk big, but what have they ACTUALLY DONE about the current administration's policies?

any results from ENRON yet, for example? It's been left up to the GAO (already foiled) and the right-wing activist group Judicial Watch (plus Sierra Club ha ha what "progressives" they are) to obtain the Cheney Energy Task Force documents by lawsuit.

the rape - destruction - exploitation - imperial invasions in favor of multibillion-dollar corporate interests will continue no matter who is in the White House Jan. 2005.

14 U.S. Military Bases Under Construction In Iraq 26.Jun.2004 11:08

NO PROBLEM - Kerry'll lead the way outta this one . . .

Iraqis also know that 14 US military bases are already under construction, enough to accommodate the (for the moment) 110,000 American soldiers who will stay in Iraq until at least 2007. No sovereign Iraqi government has approved the construction of these bases. Kimmitt - the No 2 Pentagon man in Iraq, and the one who launched total war on Fallujah - said the bases are "a blueprint for how we could operate in the Middle East". A ring of US military bases throughout what the Pentagon calls the Greater Middle East is a key element of the neo-conservative-driven strategy to control world energy resources as the way to control the destiny of America's economic rivals - the European Union and Northeast Asia.

Re: rebel green 26.Jun.2004 11:33

get real

That is a real nice astro-turf name that you have selected for yourself. If you take a look at the newswire, you will find that there is a lot of current organizing and activity designed to resist the decimation of our remaining old-growth forests via the incidiously named "Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003".

I wanted to see how Kerry voted on this important bill, so I looked it up. It turns out that Kerry didn't even bother to vote on it at all. Kerry is no friend of the environment, he is a corporate sponsored cocksucker. Arguing that he will destroy our environment at a slower rate that Bush is very uncompelling. Try again.

hillarious 26.Jun.2004 12:04

all politicians lie

Yes, defend a candidate but what they say on their website. Mark nailed it but here you go. Bush on the environment:

President Bush believes that good stewardship of the environment is not just a personal responsibility, it is a public value. Americans are united in the belief that it is important to preserve our natural heritage and safeguard the land around us.

The President has launched initiatives that express this same commitment. His Administration has acted in a comprehensive way to achieve impressive results. By almost every indicator, environmental quality in the United States is improving with cleaner air, water, and land, and improved public health.

The President believes that the federal government has an important role to play in protecting our environment and he has introduced new and innovative policies to achieve these goals. The President favors common-sense approaches to improving the environment while protecting the quality of American life. Over the past two-and-a-half years, the Administration has introduced initiatives that have already begun to deliver significant environmental results for all Americans.


Gee, I guess is we want to save the environment we should all vote for Bush, he's doing such a great job, just read his website.

Here's Bush's energy plan:

The President has called on Congress to pass comprehensive energy legislation that will provide reliable, affordable and environmentally-sound energy for America's future. An energy bill will bolster our economic security and our national security, and the President looks forward to signing fiscally responsible legislation that will reduce our dependence on foreign sources of energy and modernize our antiquated electricity delivery system.

The President is committed to a national energy plan that, combined with regulatory and administrative actions, will provide a comprehensive and forward-looking strategy to utilize 21st century technology to allow us to promote conservation and diversify our energy supply.


Wow, they're both so... comprehensive. I guess that's the buzz word with the energy industry.

What's really pathetic about this post is that you could have bothered to drudge up Kerry's record in the senate and Bush's record as governor and actually attempt to make a case for this point. But copying and pasting campaign propaganda is just ridiculous.

check out some video of nader announcing his candidacy 26.Jun.2004 16:57

pdx imc repost

More on Kerry's environmental record 27.Jun.2004 12:42

From his own website for what it's worth

Should this be compared with the environmental record of G.W. Bush? Is there any comparison? Is Kerry clearly more pro-environment than Bush?

100th - Marine Mammal Protection Act Amendments of 1988
101st - Motor Vehicle Fuel Conservation Act of 1989/National Acid Rain Control Act of 1989
"Coastweeks '89".Designates the period of September 16 through October 9, 1989, as Coastweeks '89, recognizing the importance of coastal zones. Designates September 16, 1989, as National Estuaries Day and September 23, 1989, as National Beach Cleanup Day.
A bill to amend the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972
Coastal Zone Improvement Act of 1989
A bill to carry out long-term research on the effects of oil spills on the marine and estuarine habitats and resources of Prince William Sound
Antarctic Protection Act of 1990
Driftnet Act Amendments of 1990/Fishery Conservation Amendments of 1990
Motor Vehicle Air Conditioner Ozone Depletion Act
Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord Wild and Scenic River Study Act
Marine and Coastal Monitoring Act of 1990/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Authorization Act of 1990/Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and Protection Act
102nd -
A concurrent resolution calling for the United States to support a new agreement among the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Parties which would provide comprehensive environmental protection of Antarctica and would prohibit indefinitely commercial mineral development and related activities in Antarctica.
A concurrent resolution calling for a United States policy of strengthening and maintaining indefinitely the current International Whaling Commission moratorium on the commercial killings of whales, and otherwise expressing the sense of the Congress with respect to conserving and protecting the world's whale, dolphin, and porpoise populations.
A concurrent resolution to express the sense of the Congress concerning the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development.
A resolution to designate May 21, 1991, as "National Land Trust Appreciation Day", and to recognize the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Trustees of Reservations.
A resolution to encourage the European Commission to vote to ban driftnets for all European Community fishing fleets on July 8, and for other purposes.
National Flood Insurance, Mitigation, and Erosion Management Act of 1991
A bill to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to provide for improvement of the quality of
Boston Harbor and adjacent waters.
National Recycling Markets Act of 1992
National Marine Sanctuaries Program Amendments Act of 1992/Hawaiian Islands National Marine
Sanctuary Act
New England Groundfish Restoration Act
International Dolphin Conservation Act of 1992
Antarctic Environmental Protection Protocol Act of 1992
103rd - Boston Harbor Wastewater Treatment Act of 1993
National Environmental Trade Development Act of 1993 Atlantic Tunas Convention Authorization Act of 1993
Marine Mammal Protection Act Amendments of 1993/1994
Sustainable Fisheries Act/Fisheries Stock Recovery Financing Act/Atlantic Tunas Convention Authorization Act of 1994
104th -
A bill to establish the Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area
Antarctic Science, Tourism, and Conservation Act of 1996
Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord Wild and Scenic Rivers Act
105th - Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord Wild and Scenic Rivers Act
106th -
Coastal Stewardship Act: Coral Reef Protection Act of 1999&2000/National Marine Sanctuaries Amendments Act of 1999/Coastal Zone Management Amendments of 1999
Taunton River Wild and Scenic River Study Act of 1999
Shark Conservation Act of 2000
107th -
A resolution expressing the sense of the Senate regarding the policy of the United States at the 17th Regular Meeting of the International Convention for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas in Murcia, Spain.
A resolution expressing the sense of the Senate regarding the policy of the United States at the 54th Annual Meeting of the International Whaling Commission.
A resolution expressing the Sense of the Senate regarding the policy of the United States at the World Summit on Sustainable Development and related matters.
North Atlantic Right Whale Recovery Act of 2001
Metacomet-Monadnock-Mattabesett Trail Study Act of 2001
Global Climate Change Act of 2001