McCain in the Bush Leagues
GOP presidential contender George W. Bush (R) is getting plenty of flak for his weak environmental record, but Sen. John McCain seems to be getting a free ride on green issues, writes author T. H. Watkins in a New York Times op-ed. McCain has a poor voting record on the environment, particularly on public land issues, according to the League of Conservation Voters, which says he has voted “green” only 20 percent of the time. In December, McCain held a press conference to denounce a Clinton administration plan to protect 40 million acres of undeveloped national forest land. But some enviros, like Donella Meadows, argue that McCain’s big issue, campaign finance reform, should be at the top of the green agenda.