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Consider the environment

Observer Viewpoint | Wednesday, February 4, 2004

Throughout the presidential campaigning, I have noticed a severe lack of emphasis placed on environmental issues and their solutions.

In a recent on-line survey of the three top candidates, I found only one, John Kerry, who approaches environmental issues by focusing on environmental justice.

John Edwards has the poorest environmental policy, sticking to popular issues like ANWR while ignoring the poor and uneducated who suffer the worst effects of industry pollution.

Howard Dean is much better, focusing on health issues intertwined with environmental policy, but it is Kerry who specifically states a federal obligation to the poor and minorities in his environmental policy.

I urge voters to consider environmental justice in their presidential choice. This is our generation’s civil rights movement.

Michael McReynoldsseniorStanford HallFeb. 3