by Michael dEstries
Categories: Causes, People.

redford.gif“The heat is on. It’s on the streets.”

With Robert Redford’s latest project THE GREEN on television and pushing ahead, he’s now pulling back the curtain on another initiative aimed at making Global Warming one of the talking points for the 2008 U.S. Presidential elections. Called “The Heat Is On“, the campaign is a project of the League of Conservation Voters Education Fund and will “educate and organize concerned citizens in early caucus and primary states. With organizers in each state, we will recruit hundreds of volunteers to place global warming at the forefront of the political debate.” Hear that Republican candidates? It looks like you won’t be able to pull a Rove and hide behind the same old political rhetoric.

The LCV has also organized ten well-worded questions that citizens can ask of every candidate. Below are two of my favorite,

>> In order to address the growing threat of global warming, scientists tell us that we need to reduce global warming emissions by an average of two percent each year through the middle of the century – achieving 80 percent reductions by 2050. Do you have a plan to meet these or other targets?

>>With growing concern about global warming, the nuclear power industry is looking to build new plants. developing new plants will add to our existing nuclear waste problem. do you believe that nuclear power should be a part of addressing global warming and how would you propose to deal with the waste issue?

You can view a video of Redford talking about the new campaign below. Hit the official site for more.

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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  • James Aach

    As an energy professional who’s not particulary sold on any solution (really), my biggest concern is that our public debate on energy issues is being held in the absence of much real world experience regarding where our energy (particulary electricity) comes from. I can’t say I’ve got a full picture myself, but having worked in a nuclear plant over twenty years, I can say that this power source is far different that what most its proponents and detractors present. If you’d like a painless look at the real world of atomic energy, my novel Rad Decision is available at no cost in serial form at my blog (see reader comments for reviews) and is also in paperback at online retailers.

    We’ll make better decisions about our energy future if we first understand our energy present.