"I support updating CAFE standards to 36 miles per gallon by 2015. This proposal will reduce America's dependence on oil by saving 2 million barrels of oil per day - almost as much as we currently import from the Persian Gulf. It will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, smog and ozone pollution. Fuel efficiency can be significantly improved through better use of technology, without limiting vehicle choice, without harming safety and without injury to the industry." (Associated Press, 1/6/04)
"However," CREA President Italia Federici said, "the behind-the-scenes reality was very different than the message being delivered. It's unconscionable for Senator John Kerry to stand on stage and tell the American public to accept higher gasoline prices, forego energy stability and to hold Congress to his standard of environmental integrity, while behind the scenes, he and his friends arrive in chauffeur-driven SUVs and limousines."
John Kerry has been a leader in the environmental movement throughout his career. Kerry was called the Senates most outspoken environmentalist and was named an Environmental Hero by the League of Conservation Voters. In 1970 he helped organize the Massachusetts first Earth Day, then led the fight against acid rain in the northeast as Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts. He helped defeat efforts to roll back the environmental accomplishments of a generation whether in the form of regulatory reform or efforts to drill in national monuments and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. And Kerry led the effort to make environmental preservation a global priority through comprehensive treaties and pushing for the inclusion of important environmental protections in free trade agreements.
John Kerry: Tilting at Windmills February 02, 2004 by Kim