Muckraker: Grist on PoliticsThe League of Conservation Voters just issued a statement on John McCain’s plans to skip out on next week’s voting on the Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act. Spokespeople for Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have said they aren’t sure whether the candidates will make it back to the Hill to vote. Here’s LCV’s official statement:

“Surely, with five months to go before election day, there is time to discharge the responsibility of being a United States senator and to deal with the issues that threaten the security of this country,” LCV President Gene Karpinski said. “Time is running out and Sens. McCain, Clinton, and Obama, leaders of their parties, must encourage their colleagues to strengthen and pass this bill into law.”