Monday, March 5, 2007

John McCain and Environmental Justice

John McCain, like Rudy Giuliani, does not have a record of directly addressing environmental justice. He did not address the issue during his 2000 run for the presidency and has not addressed it during his time in the U. S. Senate. He has been approached to sponsor environmental justice legislation, but has not sponsored it. It is doubtful that he will address the issue during the current race for the presidency.

Senator McCain does have an impressive record regarding global warming. To the extent that his work will help in reducing global warming, it will help mitigate the environmental injustice of air pollution in minority communities. McCain sponsored the McCain/Lieberman Climate Stewardship and Innovation Act, which received 43 votes in the Senate. He will reintroduce the legislation in the 110th Congress.

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