Friday, June 29, 2007
Presidential Debate Missed Environment & Energy
The presidential debate at Howard University, moderated by Tavis Smiley, did not have any questions on environment and energy at a time when these issues are being debated in Congress. There were no questions on environmental justice either. There was not one question on global warming and the potentially devastating effects on the African American community. Moreover, one of the candidates, Bill Richardson, is a former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy.
The Republican candidates will address issues of importance to African Americans in September. That should be interesting. Maybe they will address energy and environmental issues. We do not see how these candidates can address environmental justice. They ignore the issue. AAEA has approached Senator John McCain to sponsor our Environmental Justice Act of 2007. We have yet to receive a response.
Tavis, if you need some questions, AAEA would be happy to provide you with some.