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A look at Dennis Kucinich’s environmental platform and record
Platform & Record In-Depth
- Opposes drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and has supported legislation to turn it into a wilderness area.
- Cosponsor of a bill that would require the U.S. to get 20 percent of its electricity supply from renewable sources by 2020. Has also called for a target of 20 percent renewable-generated electricity by 2010.
- Supports a bill that would raise fuel-economy standards for automobiles to 35 miles per gallon by 2018, including for autos up to 10,000 pounds.
- Calls for support of organic family farmers.
- Cosponsor of bills that would assist and promote farmers’ markets.
- Calls for repealing NAFTA and dissolving the WTO, in part because he says they have allowed and encouraged environmental degradation.
- Opposes privatization of water systems.
- Has repeatedly accused oil companies of price gouging. In 2005, introduced the Gas Price Spike Act, which would impose a “windfall profits” tax on oil companies and use the revenue to fund transit and fuel-efficient cars.
- Calls for electronics manufacturers to take back their products after their useful lives and figure out ways to responsibly reuse or recycle them, as a way to deal with the problem of electronic waste.
- Has called for caution [DOC] in the spraying of pesticides to combat West Nile Virus, asking the government in 2004 to consider the long-term environmental and human-health effects.
- Wants to regulate emissions from factory farms as industrial pollution subject to permits, limits, and fines for non-compliance.
- Expresses serious concerns about genetically engineered food, and has introduced legislation that would regulate it and require it to be labeled.
- Cosponsor of a bill that would fund study of widespread honeybee disappearances, aka colony collapse disorder.
- Calls for legalization of hemp farming.
- Consistently supports a wide range of animal welfare bills in Congress.
- In 2002, voted against storing nuclear waste at the Yucca Mountain repository now being built in southern Nevada.
Still Haven’t Gotten Enough?
- Read Grist’s 2003 interview with Dennis Kucinich, conducted during his previous bid for the Democratic presidential nomination.
- Read Kucinich’s environmental platform on his campaign website.
- Read Kucinich’s official bio.
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Todd Hymas Samkara and Kate Sheppard contributed to this fact sheet.