Republican presidential candidates discussed many important issues during the debate televised from Iowa last night, but the environment was not among them. The crumbling state of the American economy and health care took center stage as they rightly should have. But where do the fiscal conservatives stand on ecological issues?
Here are thoughts from some voters on the candidates' environmental prowess and questions they would like to see asked during future debates:
"Unfortunately none of the candidates have a widely known record on environmental issues. President Obama should not take the youth and "green" movement vote for granted since he has virtually ignored us after taking office. I would like to see all of the Republican hopefuls take a stance on climate change and earth-friendly fuels." -- Conner Jefferson, University of South Carolina student, Charleston.
"I liked that at least some of the candidates discussed using "green" fuels in America. Although their mindset geared more toward reducing our dependency upon foreign oil and economics, it is at least a start in the right direction."-- Nanette Brendon, interior designer, Sarasota, Florida.
"I am an Independent voter and usually cast ballots for moderate Democrats, but simply can't bring myself to vote for President Obama again. I doubt Republicans will ever agree with me on climate change, I would like the candidates to detail a plan for clean energy independence." -- Thomas Kline, computer technician, Meridian, Mississippi.
"So many environmentalists are upset with President Obama for going back on campaign promises that a Republican might just have a chance to steal some votes. I would rather vote for a person who agrees with at least some "green" initiatives and actually follows through on them than a guy who agrees with everything but does nothing." -- Michala Thompson, photographer, Savannah, Georgia.
"I would like to ask the candidates on how they feel about closing the loopholes for oil companies and ending their taxpayer funded subsidies. I have only voted for a Republican twice, but am willing to keep an open mind after the broken promises of President Obama on so many environmental issues." -- Joel Wright, environmental blogger, Rapid City, South Dakota.
"I want to know how all of the candidates feel about the powers of the Environmental Protection Agency. I am afraid that if a Republican is elected the agency will be dismantled or see a reduction in authority."-- Gideon Walton, environmental artists, Chicago, Illinois.
"Since Rick Perry or Mitt Romney most likely to secure the Republican nomination, I would like to see them consent to an interview with an environmental journalist to give a detailed accounting of their views on a broad range of important eco-friendly topics." Derrick Stanton, Ohio State University student, Columbus.
- Mitt Romney
- Rick Perry
- climate change