See the link from Grist below on their fifteen “greenest” politicians. You can see from their list that many of our political heroes when it comes to tackling big environmental issues work at the state and local levels, as well as in other countries. California and other states and cities on the Pacific coast have taken the lead in developing mature markets for clean energy technologies and services, as have the countries of Northern and Western Europe. As for domestic national politicians, it is harder to find members of Congress who have been outspoken on environmental issues in the past few years, perhaps since questions of fiscal sustainability and the health of the U.S. economy were seen as more pressing. However, the year 2009 did see the formation of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC – see website below) in the U.S. House of Representatives, created by Reps. Jay Inslee and Steve Israel of New York, signalling an intention to ensure green energy and environmental protection remain on the Congressional agenda.
You can use the League of Conservations Voters Scorecard (below) to look up your state senators and representatives and see how they voted on environmental issues.
Well, Al Gore is the knee-jerk reaction to this, although he did a lot of it outside of the political arena. The obvious example would be his book/film “An Inconvenient Truth”, which helped bring more awareness to the environmental issues present in the world today. There was the issue, however, of his own personal habits regarding the environment. I noticed in the film that he drove a SUV. Also, in 2006, his utility bills were approximately $30,000. His home used about twenty times the national average of electricity, so his credibility may be in question.
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