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League of Conservation Voters Endorses Obama

By Juliet Eilperin
Yet another influential environmental group endorsed Senator Barack Obama for president today in his contest against his GOP rival John McCain.

The League of Conservation Voters, which rates congressional members voting records each year, announced its support for Obama in a series of events across the country today.

"Senator Obama's proven record and his commitment to a clean, renewable energy future make him the best choice for President," LCV president Gene Karpinski said in a statement. "At a time when this country must reinvent itself for a new energy future, we can imagine no better steward than Barack Obama. Under his leadership, America will finally achieve the economic growth, environmental protection, and national security that are possible with a new, clean energy economy."

Said Obama, also in the statement distributed by the LCV, "I thank the members of the League of Conservation Voters across our nation for their support and know that, together, we will create a better, cleaner, more secure future."

The Sierra Club and Friends of the Earth, two other national environmental groups, have already endorsed Obama. McCain has touted his plan to curb carbon emissions linked to climate change, but has angered environmentalists with his support for offshore oil drilling and a gas tax holiday.

A new ad from the McCain campaign blaming Obama for rising gas prices prompted the following response from Friends of the Earth Action President Brent Blackwelder: "It's only July, but we're already seeing dishonest and hypocritical gutter politics from John McCain. Flip-flopping John McCain said just two weeks ago that our dangerous dependence on oil 'has been 30 years in the making,' but now he tries to blame Obama -- even though it's McCain who has been in Washington for 26 years. Here's the truth. The Bush/McCain drilling plan won't lower gas prices but will increase our over-reliance on oil. We can provide relief from high gas prices while growing the economy, protecting our security and fighting global warming by focusing on conservation, clean energy and transportation choices instead."

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Bush's legacy: some will say it will be the enormous new debt of these eight years. Others will say it will be the federal court appointees and their impact, notably that of the Supreme Court.

Yet others will maintain that the so-called "Bush storms" (and droughts) with their increasing ferocity, with plummeting property values and soaring insurance rates (when insurance can be purchased at all), that these and what they presage of global climate change will top the list.

Posted by: FirstMouse | July 22, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Environmentalists blowhards!
Even OB himself knows that renewable energy won't happen, that nukes and more drilling for oil are inevitable in this country. But wait, you can accuse him of flip-flopping on that later.
Right now, just enjoy the high price because speculators are fairly certain that you the environmentalists will never ever have the balls to face reality.

Posted by: pete | July 22, 2008 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Blame for the price of gas is rarely leveled at the idiots who've been buying SUV's all these years.

Men with, ah, unfortunate natural endowment trying to be Indiana Jones.

Nothing like a 4-thousand-pound behemoth for driving to Starbuck's.

When I see them weeping at the gas station I laugh uproariously.

Nothing like shadenfreude to brighten my morning.


Posted by: Chuckamok | July 22, 2008 8:11 AM | Report abuse

McSame is like a dinosaur that returns to modern times and can't figure out whats going on. Someone get him off the stage, what a horrible mixed up old man. We don't need an out of touch relic running this country.

Posted by: Joe | July 22, 2008 6:57 AM | Report abuse

HA!! The RNC and McSame will have a hard time deceiving the American people this time around. Obama doesn't need to defend himself on every front. He has his dedicated supporters scattered throughout the country making sure the TRUTH be told.

Posted by: LawrenceNY21 | July 22, 2008 12:00 AM | Report abuse

Now, here's a bit of a clue as to why the SC acts the way they do, if not on BHO specifically but on issues like immigration:

I'd be willing to bet that there's a whole lot of information available about the LCV that the WaPo will never tell you about and that explains why they do what they do.

Posted by: LonewackoDotCom | July 21, 2008 10:40 PM | Report abuse

I am a Libertarian or a disenchanted republican voting for Obama....

I agree with the first comment by saying the republicans chose the wrong presidential candidate.......Ron Paul is as boring as McCain when speaking, but at least his ideas were better and made more sense.....

Posted by: Oregon4Obama | July 21, 2008 7:30 PM | Report abuse

The republicans only chance will be to kill off Mccain and get another candidate. It's not too late, if they said he dropped dead who would doubt it. Problem is, who would they put in, maybe Hillary.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 21, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse

McCain is probably going, what? I said I wanted to BOMB BOMB BOMB IRAN, not their Zoo.

Posted by: pubichaironmycokecan | July 21, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

well you know Nader is not happy, then again, has anyone ever seen him happy? Anyway.... and then he dies. Let's hope he does drop out but also that he does not endorse Obama.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | July 21, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

"John McCain said just two weeks ago that our dangerous dependence on oil 'has been 30 years in the making,' but now he tries to blame Obama -- even though it's McCain who has been in Washington for 26 years".

If we uncoupled America from Middle Eastern oil, the only ones who will be hurt are those paragons of Democracy, Freedom and Tolerance, the Saudi's, and Dick Cheney's buddies in the Oil/Gas industry. Leaving fossil fuel in the ground will let us all breath easier.

Posted by: thebobbob | July 21, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

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