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Bruce Lunsford on Environment

Democratic Senate challenger


Worked on father's tobacco farm as a youngster

Lunsford cited his childhood experience working on his father's tobacco farm. At one point he mentioned how, when he was in high school, he kept a tobacco spear and a knife in the trunk of his car. "I always got the feeling with Sen. McConnell's background that he had a briefcase in the back of his car," Lunsford said. McConnell responded, "It's interesting that my opponent was raised on a farm, but other than being interesting, it's totally irrelevant to the issue at hand today,"
Source: 2008 Kentucky Senate debate reported in Herald-Leader Aug 21, 2008

Bring together all parties to review mountaintop removal

Q: Where do you stand on coal's role in our energy policy, its effects on global warming, and mountaintop removal?

LUNSFORD: Coal is the economic engine for hundreds of thousands of Kentuckians. We need to bring together all relevant parties, including the coal industry, local leaders, and the environmental community to review mountaintop removal practices. We can find solutions that protect the environment, eliminate the dangers of runoff, and utilize coal more efficiently.

Source: 2008 Kentucky Senate Debate on Political Base website Jun 18, 2008

Pursue policies to protect Kentucky's environment

Protecting Kentucky's precious natural resources is vital to our economy, our health, and our quality of life. We must continue to protect Kentucky's public lands and environment for future generations. We should aggressively pursue policies to protect K
Source: Campaign website, www.bruce2008.com, "Issues" Jun 3, 2008

Preserve our natural resources for future generations

Bruce Lunsford released this statement regarding today's Earth Day celebration. "Earth Day is the perfect opportunity to reflect on the importance of conservation and environmental awareness. It is vitally important to the future of Kentucky, the nation and the entire planet, that we treat our environment with respect. We must work together to protect our natural resources in order to preserve them for future generations. As Kentucky's next Senator, I will aggressively pursue policies to protect Kentucky's environment and develop alternative and clean energy strategies in order to help Kentucky realize its potential as a leader in alternative energy. A leading environmental group recently ranked our current Senator, Mitch McConnell, among the dozen worst offenders of environmental protections in the nation. This is just one of the many reasons Mitch McConnell's 24-year career in Washington needs to end. We need change in Washington."
Source: Press release, "Earth Day" Apr 22, 2008

Other candidates on Environment: Bruce Lunsford on other issues:
KY Gubernatorial:
Steve Beshear
KY Senatorial:
Jim Bunning
Mitch McConnell


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Wayne Allard(R,CO)
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Chuck Hagel(R,NE)
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John Warner(R,VA)

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