Mike Gravel on Environment

Libertarian for President; Former Democratic Senator (AK)

1971 support of SST conflicted with environmentalists

In March 1971 another controversial vote came up that cost me with environmentalists. I backed Boeingís proposed Supersonic Transport (SST) for two reasons: I believed in the advancement of aviation and I wanted to shift funding from military to civilian projects. Until then, advances in commercial aviation were derived from military aircraft. Why wasnít it possible to skip the military stage and fund non-military technology directly?

But environmentalists killed the SST in the end. The Senate defeated a $290 million spending request to keep the project going. As I feared, a more advanced military supersonic jet was built in its place. The environmental impact made by the worldís militaries is still little understood or appreciated.

I lost, but I had battled openly--I was no ideologue. I could even side with Jackson and Nixon, my sworn enemies, and oppose environmentalists, my allies, if I believed in something.

Source: A Political Odyssey, by Mike Gravel, p.177-178 May 2, 2008

Strengthen Clean Water Act & Clean Air Act

Source: Presidential Election 2008 Political Courage Test Apr 22, 2008

To get Americans to conserve, change the tax structure

Q: How do you get Americans to conserve?

A: Very simple, change our tax structure. Have a fair tax where people are taxed on what they spend rather than what they earn. And our tax system is totally corrupt right now. And so if we now have a retail sales tax, youíll take this nation of ours from a consuming nation to a savings nation. And thatís the most significant thing we can do to alter climate change.

Source: 2007 YouTube Democratic Primary debate, Charleston SC Jul 23, 2007

Iraq funds could build 4 million homes for Katrina victims

Q: Would you support a federal law guaranteeing the right to return to New Orleans & other Gulf regions devastated by Hurricane Katrina?

KUCINICH: Absolutely. The aftermath underscores everything thatís wrong in this country about race.

GRAVEL: Yes. And just keep in mind, if we werenít squandering our treasure on this terrible war that we didnít have to start, we would have 4 million housing units available, & a good portion of them could go to Katrina residents.

DODD: I would as well. New Orleans and Katrina have become a symbol of everything that went wrong with this administrationís failure to respond to a people in need.

CLINTON: I have proposed a 10-point Gulf Coast Recovery Agenda, because even if we were to give people a right, there is nothing to return to.

BIDEN: Itís an American problem. We should guarantee the reconstruction.

RICHARDSON: Yes, I would support that. I would also support the Katrina Recovery Act.

EDWARDS: This is an issue I care about personally and deeply.

Source: 2007 Democratic Primary Debate at Howard University Jun 28, 2007

Support a carbon tax and stop fighting wars for oil

I support a carbon tax. Thatíll raise the price of gasoline. Letís be candid about that. If we want to get off of the dependency in the Middle East, we have to own up to the problem. These things cost money. Theyíre controlling our society. The sooner we stop fighting these wars, stop and think. You only see $3. Just watch those wheels turn. Thereís another $4, which is what we spend to keep American troops around the world to keep the price. So youíre paying more than $7 a gallon; you just donít know it
Source: 2007 Dem. debate at Saint Anselm College Jun 3, 2007

Sponsored bill for Congress to decide land use, not DOI.

Gravel sponsored that congress should decide land use, not DOI

OnTheIssues.org EXPLANATION: Public lands are open for grazing, recreational, and other public uses. Prior to this bill, the Secretary of the Interior or the President would decide when to declare parcels of public land as a "national monument," which has much more restrictive land use. This bill proposes to let Congress decide when the parcel is over 5,000 acres, instead of the Secretary of the Interior deciding without Congress.

OFFICIAL CONGRESSIONAL SUMMARY: A bill to amend the Act entitled "An Act for the Preservation of American Antiquities", approved June 8, 1906, to provide congressional review of Presidential monument proclamations, and to amend the Act entitled "Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976", approved October 21, 1976, to alter the congressional review procedures of land withdrawals.


Source: Antiquities Act Amendments (S.1741) 79-S1741 on Sep 12, 1979

Sponsored bill allowing tax deduction for recycling costs.

Gravel sponsored allowing tax deduction for businesses that recycle

OnTheIssues.org EXPLANATION: This bill would make costs for recycling be tax-deductible for businesses that build facilities to handle recyclable beverage containers.

OFFICIAL CONGRESSIONAL SUMMARY: Amends the Internal Revenue Code to exclude from gross income interest on industrial development bonds the proceeds of which are to be used to provide for the construction, reconstruction, erection, or acquisition of a beverage container facility used in connection with a law prohibiting or discouraging the sale of beverages in nonreturnable containers.

Source: Internal Revenue Code amendment (S.2547) 79-S2547 on Apr 3, 1980

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Democrat: Sen.Barack Obama
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Libertarian: Rep.Bob Barr
Constitution: Amb.Alan Keyes
Liberation: Gloria La Riva
Green: Rep.Cynthia McKinney
Socialist: Brian Moore
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