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McCain’s Attempt to Break from Bush on Global Warming, Undermined by Voting Record

In an attempt to distance himself from the Bush Administration’s approach to global warming on Monday, McCain unveiled his strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at a wind turbine plant in Oregon, an ironic choice of locations for a candidate who doesn’t have a history of supporting wind-based energy.

As pointed out by the Wonk Room, McCain has repeatedly voted against renewable electricity standards that would require electric utilities to produce a certain amount of power from renewable resources like wind, solar, and geothermal: 

  • 2002 (Vote 50): Voted against 20 percent requirement.
  • 2002 (Vote 55): Voted to gut 10 percent requirement.
  • 2002 (Vote 59): Voted to gut 10 percent requirement.
  • 2005 (Vote 141): Voted against a renewable portfolio standard.
  • 2005 (Vote 363): Cast deciding vote to cut rural Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency program funding from $23 million to $3 million.

McCain also voted against renewable energy production tax credits:

  • March 2006 (Vote 42): Voted against extension of tax credits.
  • March 2007 (Vote 98): Skipped vote to extend tax credits.
  • June 2007 (Vote 223): Skipped vote to extend tax credits.
  • December 2007 (Vote 416): Skipped vote to extend tax credits — extension failed by one vote.
  • February 2008 (Vote 8): Skipped vote to extend tax credits — extension failed by one vote.

We looked at John McCain’s environmental scorecard, a tool that gauges a lawmaker’s stance on the environment based on voting records, provided by the League of Conservation Voters:  McCain scored a 0% in 2007, and has a 24% lifetime record.

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Joaquin Sapien covers the intersection of social services, criminal justice, and mental health in New York City. He is particularly interested in the policing of sex work.

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