Many Americans are going to participate in this year's presidential election for the first time. Now is our chance to help decide which direction our country should take and whether our economy will rebound stronger and greener than ever.
Voting for the top of the ticket is obviously important on November 4th. But do you know where your state legislative candidates stand on environmental issues that directly affect where you live and work?
Statehouses across America are now starting to grapple with 20th century energy infrastructures. With energy policy a focus of the presidential election, it is important to remember that statewide elections can have a much larger effect on the energy challenges all of our communities face.
Fortunately, there are some nonpartisan resources out there to help voters decide for themselves which state candidates are the most serious about clean energy. For example, the New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund has just launched an educational initiative called Vote Clean Energy NY. Their campaign helps voters learn more about clean energy in New York State. Voters can also find their local representatives and state legislative candidates.
Consider the New York town of Brookhaven on Long Island. Like many communities in America, its citizens are actively engaged in preserving their town's economic and environmental resources. Even though Brookhaven residents are working to improve their town's quality of life every day, the region still suffers from rising energy costs due to inaction in Albany.
Yet affordable, reliable and clean energy is possible for every community in our country. No matter where you live, make sure you let all of your local legislative candidates know your state cannot wait for the Federal government to solve the energy crisis. Please consider the environmental impact you can have on your own community when you enter the voting booth this November 4th.