For the environment, or not?
Another issue you may not be able to trust Lazio on in terms of consistency is the environment. In the past, according to his own website, Lazio has been named to the League of Conservation Voters' (LCV) "Earth List," LCV's highest honor, for his outstanding work on protecting the environment.
However, at hillary2000.org, you'll find information about Lazio that doesn't quite add up.
Hillary Clinton's site claims The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), whose mission, according to their main site, is to "improve the lives of working families-to bring economic justice to the workplace and social justice to [the] nation," voted against endorsing Lazio because he "stood shoulder to shoulder with Newt Gingrich."
The New York State AFL-CIO convention also voted against endorsing Lazio for re-election because of his voting record in Congress.
"These individuals [Lazio and Congressman Peter King] stood shoulder to shoulder with Newt Gingrich on a budget that slashed environmental protection," AFL-CIO political-action director Ed Draves told Newsday. "It is imperative this movement says his behavior does not deserve endorsement."
Nonetheless, at issues2000.org you'll discover Lazio has voted against Republican bills to relax clean water regulations, strip the Environmental Protection Agency of enforcement power and help developers get zoning changes over the objection of environmentalists. He wants to reduce the amount of sulfur emissions given off from gasoline, end "mountain tip removal" mining practice, or in other words stop West Virginia coal mining companies from blowing up the tops of mountains in return causing the pollution of mountain streams, and wants to strengthen the Clean Water Act, among other positive needs for the environment.
"The environment that surrounds us is one of our greatest assets as a nation but and also one of our gravest responsibilities," said Lazio. "I believe that one of the most important legacies that I can leave for my children and the future generations of our great republic is the preservation of that source."
However, according to issues2000.org, in 1995 Lazio supported the Republican budget that included many items opposed by environmentalists, including one that would have allowed oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
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