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by Ted Wong

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On Nov 2 you'll vote, but until then I urge you to make a monetary contribution to the women and men who want to take the government back from the energy industry, from the automobile manufacturers, from the mining companies, and from the politicians who are their surrogates in the White House and on Capitol Hill.

Scroll down to make contributions to a few challengers whose opponents have particularly egregious voting records on environmental issues. Or give to The Sierra Club, NRDC, Environmental Defense, WILD PAC, or The League of Conservation Voters. It doesn't really matter, as long as you're part of the process.

Who am I? I'm an ecology professor at a small college in Pennsylvania. I'd never been particularly political before this year, but the last four years of slash-and-burn deregulation have angered me -- and politicized me -- and the Greenlash is one result. The Greenlash embodies and channels my anger, and it transforms some of that anger into hope. Hope, and the campaign money which can turn hope into political reality.



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Nancy Farmer

MO-Sen

Incumbent Kit Bond (R) is on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. He has voted against risk assessments of new EPA regulations, authored legislation to reduce corporate liability for hazardous-waste cleanup, supported oil-drilling in ANWR and lead-drilling in Mark Twain National Forest, voted to de-fund renewable energy research, and repeatedly voted to increase road-building in national forests. The League of Conservation Voters gives Bond a 0% positive rating, and the Sierra Club has endorsed the challenger for his seat, Nancy Farmer.

Nancy Farmer was a state legislator in Missouri, and in 2000 she was elected Missouri's first female Treasurer. She has fought to force polluters to pay for their own cleanup, and she refuses to pit the interests of the working poor against those of our shared natural resources. Replace environmental super-villain Kit Bond. Support Nancy Farmer!

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Richard Romero

NM-01

Incumbent Heather Wilson (R), one of the House's most stalwart champions of unregulated industrial pollution, has consistently sided with the mining industry and against public-health standards and protection of natural areas in New Mexico. She has worked to allow unlimited mine waste dumping and to weaken New Mexicans' protections from mercury and uranium pollution.

Challenger Richard Romero (D) has a good chance of replacing Wilson. As state senator, he worked to protect public land from drilling, and he helped to defeat efforts to further deregulate New Mexico's mining industry. Richard Romero has the experience and the values necessary to protect the air and water of New Mexicans and all Americans. Help send Romero to Washington!

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Beth Troutman

NC-08

Incumbent Robin Hayes (R) has consistently voted on the side of polluters and against North Carolinians' right to breathe clean air and drink clean water. Hayes's district ranks among the country's worst in air pollution, and yet he has voted against more stringent air quality standards and against local communities' right to information regarding their compliance with what standards there are. Hayes has voted against stricter auto-emissions standards and against funding alternative-fuel research. He twice voted against stricter protections against arsenic contamination of drinking water. And on top of all that, he supports oil-drilling in ANWR and voted against implementing already-legal procedures outlined in the Kyoto protocol.

Challenger Beth Troutman (D) is a relative newcomer to politics. Her priority is local communities -- not big corporations -- and her election would remove one of the polluters' biggest champions in Congress. Help Troutman replace Robin Hayes!

Democratic National Committee (DNC)

There's nothing ambiguous about this election. The Bush-Cheney administration has taken every opportunity to hobble protection of America's natural resources and to sell those resources at a steep discount to the energy, mining, and automobile industries. The administration has:

  • made protection of sensitive habitat under the Endangered Species Act effectively voluntary.
  • weakened protection against mercury contamination of drinking water.
  • de-funded family-planning programs of the United Nations.
  • worked to remove effective regulation of road-building in national forests.
  • refused to fully implement regulations that require monitoring of environmental health in poor communities.
  • proposed de-funding public transportation in favor of increasing America's reliance on automobiles.
  • worked to weaken the public-participation process for new transportation and anti-spawl planning.
  • repeatedly tried to weaken or nullify regulation of air pollution, from sidestepping the 1987 Montreal Protocol (which Ronald Reagan signed) to simply exempting or refusing to investigate pollution by manufacturers and power plants.

John Kerry has spent his career working to protect the environment. Kerry supported a bill to force companies to pay for the Superfund sites they create. Kerry led the fight to keep oil drills out of ANWR. Kerry worked to maintain strict standards for clean air and clean water. Kerry supports government efforts to promote energy conservation and renewable-energy research. And Kerry has worked to take America to a leadership position in the global effort to reduce greenhouse emissions, preserve biodiversity, and move economic development closer to sustainability. In general, John Kerry supports pragmatic -- often community-based -- solutions to complex environmental problems, with the health and safety of the public always given top priority.

Campaign finance laws prohibit the Kerry-Edwards campaign from accepting your donation directly through this site. To support Kerry-Edwards, please donate to the Democratic National Committee.

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