July 23rd, 2007
09:37 PM ET
12 years ago

Kucinich: global warring versus global warming

(CNN) - In response to one of the more surreal YouTube videos shown, Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, answered a YouTube question from a father and son team of melting snowmen.

"What will you do to ensure that my son will live a full and happy life?" the elder snowman asked.

Kucinich compared the global warming issue to the war in Iraq.

"We have to understand the connection between global warring and global warming. Because when we start talking about wars for oil, we're essentially keeping the same approach to energy," Kucinich replied.

CNN's Anderson Cooper asked Kucinich whether he thinks his fellow and candates are "green enough."

"No," Kucinich responded. "I think that the reason is that if you support, for example, in Iraq, if you say that Iraq should privatize its oil for the U.S. oil companies, then what you're doing is you're continuing a commitment to use more oil."

Kucinich went on to speak about his proposed environmental program.

"We don't have to have our snowmen melting, and the planet shouldn't be melting either," Kucinich said.

- CNN Associate Producer Natalie Apsell

Filed under: CNN/YouTube Debate
soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Buck, Asheboro, NC

    Why can't other candidates speak this frankly about the connection to our national policy and environmental impact? When the military is used to secure the very resources it needs to survive, it creates a very interesting meaning to "national interests".

    July 23, 2007 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  2. Nykee, Coleman, MI

    Everyone is this frank during these times...it's amazing if they actually stick to their "feelings" after the fact. Refer to the "riding the train" blog a little bit up from this one. I wonder if Kucinich took a private jet....

    July 23, 2007 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  3. Rebecca, Hinckley, Ohio

    Kucinich is right on the money about Iraq as well as global warming and many other issues. What Iraq needs now is intelligence and diplomacy from our country not massive amounts of soldiers.

    Kucinich is ahead of the rest of the country when it comes to wisdom. I am sure that the reason he is not getting as many votes as the other candidates is that the only way many Americans know to solve problems is through war and violence. Kucinich would be the wise choice that is why he won't be chosen.

    July 23, 2007 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  4. Vicky Ferrer Greenville, SC

    I love Kucinich because Kucinich is all about love. He's a healer and thats exactly what WE need.

    July 23, 2007 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  5. Dave, Columbus OH.

    Kucinich showed America why he should be President. He was no nonsense and frank in the mold of Truman and would commit American troops only when it becomes a necessity. War should only be used when no other options are left on the table. It is now blatantly clear that there were other options than to invade Iraq.

    July 23, 2007 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  6. John, Loas Angeles, CA

    Kucinich speaks too much truth too clearly. He scares the average voter because they are buying into the glossy political package in stead of taking responsibility for what is going on in the country/world. A vote for Kucinich takes courage.

    July 24, 2007 03:05 am at 3:05 am |
  7. Tom Irish, Rutland VT

    I was a little taken aback by Anderson Coopers' comment at the end of the debate that NO ONE is farther to the left than Dennis Kucinich. Funny? Indeed. Appropriate? I think such comments have no place here and am kind of surprised I haven't seen any mention of it.

    July 24, 2007 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  8. Ellen Heyden Rincon Georgia

    Kucinich seems to have very good "behavioral" intelligence, which is an important asset in a people oriented world.

    July 24, 2007 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  9. bprosserme

    Where did this man come from? He's dangerous.

    July 24, 2007 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  10. Ugh

    What makes him dangerous? The fact that he cares about humanity enough to want to stop the horrible things we are doing to the world we live in?
    Hmmm...yeah, sounds so dangerous.

    July 24, 2007 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  11. Pam Holt Los Angeles, CA

    Dennis Kucinich is doing more than any of the other candidates personally for the environment. Science has told us that animal agriculture does more damage than every car, truck, boat, plane, train, etc. in the world, and Kucinich is a vegan. Al Gore isn't even willing to give up eating animals for the environment. But I bet Kucinich's biggest reason for not eating meat is because of his compassion for all living beings.
    Can you imagine the possibilities of having such a president?

    July 25, 2007 02:04 am at 2:04 am |
  12. Anonymous

    It is ludicrous to think that a government that limits the ability for fuel costs to sky rocket by ensuring supply is also hurting the environment. They do this because the American public complain about gas prices and the ability to live with lower incomes as prices increase. They are merely catering to the American public and to fault them for that action is inappropriate while also complaining about gas prices. It is also unreasonable to expect America to go without gas in the next 30 years. Yes I too hope our gas consumption will decrease but it is not an easy thing to accomplish and I think Kuninich sounded more like someone playing for a vote then someone who is educated about the problem and analyzing it in a feasible way.

    July 28, 2007 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |