Thursday, October 09, 2003
Sen. John Kerry is not a new convert to the environmental movement. It is part of who he is… He even helped plan the first Earth Day in Boston. From regional transportation, energy independence, CAFÉ standards, safe water/air to the preservation of open spaces, etc. he has been the leader on these issues.
How many others would have the stature or will to stand up to corporate interests when it involves environmental justice? We need another President who will use Executive Order to build environmental justice into government regulations. Why is it always the poor left near toxic waste dumps and forced to drink unsafe water and breathe polluted air? Who else talks about America’s need for a new Manhattan Project, but this time so America becomes energy independent?
No other viable candidate would make the environment a priority in his or her administration. If environmentalists want a President in office who will use the “bully pulpit” to promote environmental issues, John Kerry is their candidate.