To avoid any question of ambiguity, this Examiner’s answer to the headline is a definite “Yes.” Which is why your “Augusta Environmental News Examiner” is giving his personal endorsement to Bernie Sanders in his run to become the next President of the United States of America. (And not a moment too soon—as all will agree, this should come as a great relief to candidate Sanders.)
All kidding aside, though, one of candidate Sanders’ campaign issues has to do with “combating climate change.” This is just one of many issues the candidate discusses on his web site, and, along with the obvious question of climate change, it discusses related topics such as the “Billionaire fossil fuel lobby” (“The fossil fuel industry spends billions and billions of dollars lobbying and buying candidates to block virtually all progress on climate change,”) the “Citizens United Supreme Court decision” (“Thanks to the disastrous Citizens United Supreme Court decision, the fossil fuel industry can pour unlimited amounts of money into the political system without having to disclose how much or where they spend it,”) and the “Keystone XL pipeline” (“So what does the fossil fuel industry get in exchange for all that money? They get friends who help them keep $135 billion dollars in tax subsidies and corporate welfare over the next decade. They write legislation to build the Keystone XL pipeline. They block efforts to move us beyond oil by blocking the development and deployment of clean, sustainable energy.”)
Your Examiner does not make this endorsement lightly. Just as other candidates have their backers (Palin endorses Trump; Boston Globe endorses Clinton; Graham endorses Bush,) your examiner expects the voters of Iowa to place great weight on his support of Bernie Sanders’ candidacy. In any case, this column may give some voters a better idea of where to look to find the candidate’s thoughts on subjects important to them. And, with luck, this may push him over the top with the undecided caucus participants in this week’s determinations—especially with all of our environmentally, politically informed Iowa readers.
And since most Iowa readers may in the past have had little need to read this column, I’m sure many of them might appreciate an email from some of our more loyal readers to give them the opportunity to peruse these comments. So, for those of you with friends in Iowa, don’t delay! The caucus happens tomorrow—February 1!
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