Tuesday, October 4, 2016

More questions I'd like to ask the candidates

Early in 2015, I wrote about 6 questions I'd like to ask the candidates:

  1. What is your plan to move the U.S. economy toward a sustainable energy supply that decreases our carbon footprint significantly?
  2. How do you plan to work with other nations, particularly India and China, to decrease the global use of non-renewable energy?
  3. How do you plan to support and encourage U.S. industry to innovate to become a world supplier of green energy technology?
  4. Now that we're in what many scientists consider to be the 6th global extinction event (the "Anthropocene"), what's your plan for protecting global biodiversity?
  5. What is your "national water strategy", including maintaining supplies of freshwater in the U.S. and abroad, and dealing with refugees from areas affected by sea level rise or drought conditions?
  6. Are you actually planning to support the crazy idea of drilling for oil off the southern U.S. Atlantic coast, particularly off the coast of Virginia?
Fortunately, the candidates' websites cover a few of these questions, particularly those dealing with climate change.  So today is another debate and World Animal Day, and I've got a few follow-up questions:
  1. Once you are elected Vice President, how would you recommend we handle the controversy over the Dakota Access pipeline?  
  2. Do you have a freshwater/drinking water plan that addresses acute problems such as Flint MI, while planning for future water management?  Do you plan to address the fracking loophole in the Safe Drinking Water Act?
  3. As you deal with the current refugee crisis, what is your plan for identifying and assisting "environmental refugees"?
Any other questions you would add, greenmomsters?

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