Granite State Progress - Environmental Community Reaction to VP Pick

Republican VP Pick Disappoints New Hampshire's Environmental Community

During a year when energy is the hot topic, McCain-Palin ticket mucked in poor policy and Big Oil

Concord, New Hampshire – John McCain's vice presidential announcement today came as a huge blow to New Hampshire's environmental community. McCain was already falling far behind Barack Obama in his proposals for moving the country toward energy independence and a clean energy future, but putting Sarah Palin at the helm guarantees his energy platform will stay in bed with Big Oil.

Like Bush and McCain, Sara Palin is surrounded by Big Oil (in her 2002 primary bid for governor, oil and gas contributions were the #1 contributions to her primary campaign). McCain has had at least 29 lobbyists working or raising money for his campaign that have lobbied for big oil companies, and his economic plan gives nearly $4 billion in tax breaks to the top five American oil companies.

"John McCain was once willing to stand up to his own party, but now that he is running for President, he supports the same Bush policies and crumbling under the same powerful special interests that put us in the grip of the oil companies. One of the last remaining independent policies putting him at odds with Bush was his opposition to drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, yet he has now picked a running mate who has opposed holding Big Oil accountable and been dismissive of alternative energy while focusing her work on more oil drilling in a wildlife refuge and off of our coasts."

Catherine Corkery, Chapter Director, New Hampshire Sierra Club (Phone: 603.224.8222)

"We are disappointed that Senator McCain has chosen a running mate who supports drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, one of America's last wild places. In order to kick our dependence on oil while protecting our environment, America's leaders must consider programs that promote renewable energy, increase conservation and efficiency, and reduce our global warming emissions."

Kathryn Fox, Preservation Associate, Environment New Hampshire (Phone: 603.229.3222)

"No one should be fooled. On environmental issues, Sarah Palin is no friend. Looking at her record, it's clear Palin would follow the Bush's lead promoting a risky agenda of drilling in wilderness and sensitive off-shore areas, no matter the consequences. She is also on record as denying the effects of global warming, despite overwhelming scientific evidence to the contrary. With his selection, John McCain is telling millions of Americans who care about the high cost of oil, finding appropriate solutions to stop global warming and an end to lining the pockets of Big Oil, to expect more of the same Bush approach in a McCain administration. McCain-Palin would mean four more years of neglect, disinterest and kowtowing to Big Oil."

Elise Annunziata, National Deputy Political Director/NH Director, Clean Water Action

(Phone: 603.622.8151/Mobile: 7 03.629.8441)

Today, the Republican presidential ticket turned its back on millions of Americans across this country who care deeply about the quality of their water and the air they breathe, the neglect of our environment and the long-term health consequences for our families and children. This vice president announcement is incredibly disappointing to New Hampshire's environmental community.