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2008 Elections

Mike Huckabee on Environment and Energy


(Mike Huckabee dropped out of the Republican presidential race on March 4 after voting in four states that day put John McCain very close to winning the GOP nomination.)

He wants to ensure energy independence by exploring all avenues of alternative energy, such as nuclear, wind, solar, hydrogen, clean coal, biodiesel and biomass. He says greenhouse gas emission should be curtailed. He supports drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and increasing offshore drilling, but insists that the country should stop relying on oil. In terms of storing nuclear waste: "Everybody wants the benefits of nuclear energy, but nobody wants the storage of the nuclear material in their own backyard. Part of it is you have to make it economically viable for somebody to actually receive it. But a lot of it is changing attitudes, educating the public that nuclear byproducts can be disposed of safely, because the first reaction people have is, 'Our kids are going to glow in the dark if we put that stuff in our state.' That's not the case."


Huckabee's campaign Web site: Read more on how Huckabee wants to achieve energy independence.


YouTube video-- 2007 GOP primary debate, at Reagan library, hosted by MSNBC May 3, 2007:


"The most important thing about global warming is this. Whether humans are responsible for the bulk of climate change is going to be left to the scientists, but it's all of our responsibility to leave this planet in better shape for the future generations than we found it. It's the old Boy Scout rule of the campsite: You leave the campsite in better shape than you found it. I believe that even our responsibility to God means that we have to be good stewards of this Earth, be good caretakers of the natural resources that don't belong to us, we just get to use them. We have no right to abuse them."


— Las Vegas Sun new media managing editor Dave Toplikar compiled this report.

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