The platform being discussed at the Democratic National Convention is infinitely more environmentally aware than the platform agreed upon at the Republican National convention. However both political parties are less than perfect when it comes to their proposed green initiatives for the next four years.
As reviewed in a Desmog blog post published in Eco-Watch the Republican party platform is essentially a recipe for dependence on fossil fuels.
For their part the Democrats have caved to Republican pressure and they have backpedaled on the environment from their 2008 position. They are no longer calling for an end to fossil fuels, instead they have adopted an all of the above strategy. Although the DNC platform calls for an international deal to curtail GHG pollution, it no longer indicates that the agreement should be binding. The platform also drops the party’s 2008 support for cap-and-trade.
While it is easy to criticize, it is irresponsible to consider the DNC environmental platform in a vacuum. The political realities need to be factored into the equation. If the Democrats adopt the kind of environmental position that many environmentalists are advocating, they are at greater risk of losing and Republican control of the White House and the Congress would be a disaster.
Although neither platform offers the broad spectrum changes we need to see to effectively curtail climate change, the Democrats are still by far the best option when it comes to the environment.© 2013, Richard Matthews. All rights reserved.
Richard Matthews is a consultant, eco- entrepreneur, green investor and author of numerous articles on sustainable positioning, eco-economics and enviro-politics. He is the owner of The Green Market Oracle a leading sustainable business blog and one of the Web’s most comprehensive resources on the business of the environment. Find The Green Market Oracle on Facebook and follow The Green Market Oracle’s twitter feed.