Based on the League ratings alone, Lieberman would be a strong contender for environmentalists. But critics from Connecticut and elsewhere chastise his embrace of nuclear power. Notably, Lieberman missed a crucial June 10 vote in the Senate on an energy-bill amendment that would have denied federal-loan guarantees for construction of nuclear-power plants. The amendment narrowly failed. Lieberman has said on numerous occasions that he supports nuclear power in place of oil as a way to meet energy needs without polluting the air.
“I don’t think any of these candidates have a sustainable energy program that looks down the line after the age of fossil fuels,” said Mike DeRosa, co-chair of the Connecticut Green Party.
A slightly more encouraging view came from David Allgood, Southern California director of the California League of Conservation Voters: “I came away feeling any of the candidates would do better or more than this administration.”