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Cynthia McKinney on Environment

Green Party nominee for President (Former Rep., D, GA-4)


We need sustainable production and consumption policies

Reconstruction Party Manifesto point #8. We Want an Environmental Protection Policy that Works Now!
We want our forests protected and restored; we want sustainable resource use and reuse, and we want less waste to dispose. We want renewable energy and we don't want policies that pit food production against energy production. We want drinkable and clean water, soil, and air. We want to live within our resource means.

We need air, land, water, climate, production and consumption policies that reflect the real limits within which we must live. We need an entirely new paradigm that encourages us to produce green, local, and fairly; most importantly we need true, representative government that serves the needs of the people over that of corporations so that these policies can become law.

Source: Manifesto for a Reconstruction Party Jan 26, 2008

Add organic farming, sustainability, and GM ban to Farm Bill

Q: What is wrong with the Farm Bill, if anything?

A: I would make sure we had a program to encourage organic farming. I would also like to see some money set aside in the Farm Bill for damages to black farmers and other minority farmers for discrimination that USDA admitted to. The attorneys received millions of dollars. I would eliminate genetically-modified foods. I would also look at our land and water use policy--because some of what we are doing is absolutely not sustainable.

Source: 2008 Green Presidential Debate moderated by Cindy Sheehan Jan 13, 2008

Recognize Katrina victims as Internally Displaced Persons

The International Tribunal on Katrina held in New Orleans last August highlighted four central demands:
  1. Recognition of dispersed hurricane survivors as Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs);
  2. Support for the rights of return for IDPs, including their right to vote in their home states;
  3. Reparations for IDPs for the losses they incurred due to government abandonment and negligence;
  4. Support for a massive federal public works project in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast.
    Source: Interview with "Reconstruction Renaissance" Jan 8, 2008

    Assess toxic contaminants in aftermath of Katrina & Rita

    McKinney introduced the following bill in the 109th Congress: H.R.4139: To minimize harm to populations impacted by the release of environmental contaminants, hazardous materials or infectious materials in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita by providing for a Comprehensive Environmental Sampling and Toxicity Assessment Plan (CESTAP) to assess and monitor air, water, soil and human populations, and for other purposes.
    Source: Campaign website, www.cynthiaforcongress.com, "Legislation" Nov 1, 2006

    Voted YES on increasing AMTRAK funding by adding $214M to $900M.

    Voting YES on this amendment would restore $214 million in funding for AMTRAK, bringing the total annual expenditure for AMTRAK to $1.114 billion. The chairman of the Railroad Subcommittee explained the increase as follows:Opponents of the amendment say that it would increase funding for Amtrak by gutting and eliminating critical programs, including safety programs, resulting in reductions in force at several agencies.
    Reference: Department of Transportation appropriations; Bill HR 5576 Amendment 1008 ; vote number 2006-263 on Jun 13, 2006

    Voted NO on deauthorizing "critical habitat" for endangered species.

    To amend and reauthorize the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to provide greater results conserving and recovering listed species, and for other purposes, including:
    Reference: Threatened and Endangered Species Recovery Act; Bill HR 3824 ; vote number 2005-506 on Sep 29, 2005

    Sponsored bill prohibiting commercial logging on public land.

    McKinney sponsored prohibiting commercial logging on Federal public lands

    PROPOSED FINDINGS:

      Congress finds the following:
    1. Forest Service polls show that a strong majority of the American people think that natural resources on Federal public lands should not be made available to produce consumer goods.
    2. Recreation and tourism in the National Forest System creates over 30 times more jobs, and generates over 30 times more income, than commercial logging on national forests.
    3. Timber cut from Federal public lands comprises less than 5% of US annual timber consumption.
    4. The vast majority of America's original pristine forests have been logged, and what little primary forest that remains exists almost entirely on public lands.
    5. It is in the interests of the American people and the international community to protect and restore native biodiversity in our Federal public lands for its inherent benefits.
    6. Commercial logging has many indirect costs which are very significant, but not easily measured, such as flooding damage, damage to the salmon fishing industry; and harm to the recreation and tourism industries.

    EXCERPTS OF BILL:

    LEGISLATIVE OUTCOME:Referred to House Subcommittee on 21st Century Competitiveness; never came to a vote.

    Source: National Forest Protection and Restoration Act (H.R.1494) 01-HR1494 on Apr 4, 2001

    Other candidates on Environment: Cynthia McKinney on other issues:
    Nominees:
    GOP: Sen.John McCain
    Democrat: Sen.Barack Obama
    Dem.V.P.: Sen.Joe Biden

    GOP V.P. Possibilities:
    Gov.Haley Barbour(MS)
    Gov.Charlie Crist(FL)
    Mayor Rudy Giuliani(NYC)
    Gov.Mike Huckabee(AR)
    Sen.Joe Lieberman(CT)
    Gov.Tim Pawlenty(MN)
    Gov.Mitt Romney(MA)
    Gov.Mark Sanford(SC)

    Third Parties:
    Constitution: Chuck Baldwin
    Libertarian: Rep.Bob Barr
    Libertarian: Sen.Mike Gravel
    Constitution: Amb.Alan Keyes
    Liberation: Gloria La Riva
    Green: Rep.Cynthia McKinney
    Socialist: Brian Moore
    Independent: Ralph Nader
    Libertarian: Rep.Ron Paul
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