November 4th, 2007
08:13 AM ET
15 years ago

Dodd calls for year round 'Earth Day'

Dodd spoke about the environment Saturday.

CONCORD, New Hampshire (CNN) ­ Climate change advocates withstood heavy rains and crisp winds to hear Sen. Chris Dodd call for "Earth Day" year round.

"It takes leadership that can truly make this an issue not just on 'Earth Day' but every single day that you're in the White House," the Connecticut senator said.

Top on Dodd's environment agenda are a corporate carbon tax and reduced dependency on foreign oil. Dodd called U.S. dependence on oil "dangerous," and said a carbon tax was a step towards independence.

"We don't want to borrow a billion dollars every day as we do to buy foreign energy," Dodd said. "Politics is always about choices."

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soundoff (23 Responses)

    Sen. Dodd, I applaud your sloganeering positions! Now let us all hold hands and sing Kumbaya!

    November 3, 2007 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  2. Karen,ny

    DODD is such a dreamer. All of a sudden he comes up with these "brillant" ideas. I could swear that we already have an "Earth Day" which most people are unaware of. As a Democrat I think that there would be no use in voting for Dodd being that he is promising things which he won't deliver. Voting for him is like staying at home on voting day.

    November 3, 2007 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  3. Chris Hassel, Saint Paul, Minnesota

    I like this guy. I'm a Richardson supporter, and I'd have to say Biden is my #2, but Dodd is hanging around at a very close #3. He's principled and, as a speaker, he's impressive. And, yes, we do need to reduce dependency on foreign oil, and we do need to reduce carbon emissions; doing the former will save us A LOT of money in the long run (think about how much money we pay every day to put our military in place in order to secure oil transporation routes in and out of the Middle East–the figures are astronomical–and add that to the already high price of purchasing the oil in the first place...), and doing the latter will make a difference with regards to how we are viewed throughout the world; we can be seen as leaders on this issue instead of arrogant global warming deniers, and thereby increase our public relations worldwide.

    November 3, 2007 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |

    A 'corporate carbon tax'? And where does that money eventually come from? After we tax everything from A-Z, nothing will be changed in this world except that the Democrats will have more of OUR money to play with.

    Maybe he could come up with a SOLUTION and not a TAX?

    Does he even wonder why he and his fellow senators and congresspeople have an even LOWER approval rating than the President?

    What will it take for these MORONS to get the message?

    November 3, 2007 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  5. Darlene Conner, Bainbridge, GA

    I agree with St Paul, MS because Gov. Richardson has the solutions to our energy problems. We want solutions not rhetoric. Mr. Al Gore and Gov. Richardson has the same ideals.
    Darlene Conner

    November 3, 2007 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  6. Chris, Middletown, CT

    He knows he attempting (poorly) to run for president of the United States right?? (not King of the world) – Democrats -help me with this one – Kennedy said "ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country" – what happened...your love of entitlement programs is making any literate voter me understand why the love of the socialist doctrine? (Saul Alinsky's actually a Marxist)

    November 3, 2007 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  7. Charles in Orem, Utah


    November 3, 2007 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  8. Pete, West Chester, PA

    ... another rich politician trying to save the world.. must be a Al Gore fan... they should give up their money and homes and go to Africa for one year.. then maybe we can take them seriously

    November 3, 2007 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  9. Dan, Saint Louis, MO

    Why doesn't irrelevant old Dodd just call it quits? When you're neck and neck with the UFO candidate, its time to give up.

    November 3, 2007 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  10. Veshal Atlanta GA

    Hitler News Network HNN. You tell 'em CNN. Posting what you wish, to control the news.

    November 4, 2007 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  11. Barakka Bama

    Now that's what I call an idea!

    November 4, 2007 02:40 am at 2:40 am |
  12. Matt, Manchester, CT

    Ladies and Gents – while it may appear that Dodd is running for President – he and everyone else in CT knows that he'll be nothing more than a poor excuse for a senior senator from my state come January 21, 2009. When is he going to realize that he's not going to win so he can get back to casting votes in the Senate and CT will have two voices in that body instead of one right now.

    November 4, 2007 07:14 am at 7:14 am |
  13. Robert, Shelton CT

    I again agree with Matt from Manchester, Dodd isn't exactly well liked in Conn., he is rarely here like Lieberman.

    Now as for the year round "Earth Day" thing I think it would be nice, but I think it needs further investigation to what affect if any a carbon tax would have on ending global warming and making our air cleaner to breathe for our children.

    And to Chris from Middletown, the Democratic party isn't one solid mass, being from CT, you should know quite well, that most (except for our national reps) are moderates not socialists and most of Republicans have very smiliar ideology to Democrats in our state; I wish there rest of the nation didn't elect neo-cons and ultra liberals.

    November 4, 2007 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  14. Jim White, Gainesville, Florida

    Chris Dodd is showing the most principle of any candidate for President. He upholds the quaint concepts of the rule of law and stands for restoring the Constitution. He will filibuster against retroactive immunity for telecoms and was the first to oppose Mukasey because Mukasey would not state the obvious fact that waterboarding is torture. A cabon tax has the advantage of moving conservation into the financial world, where the free market you Repubs love so much will dictate the technological solutions we need so desparately.
    Go Chris!

    November 4, 2007 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  15. Henry Miller, Cary, NC

    "year round 'Earth Day'"?

    What would that be? Year-round heavy-handed government-imposed eco-nazism?

    The United States is, in theory, a democracy. If people want to "go green," they are at liberty to do so. If enough people do it, great. If most people aren't interested, it's simple tyranny to impose it on them.

    November 4, 2007 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  16. Kyu Reisch, Radcliff, Kentucky

    Jim White, do you really think Dodd is good for the President? I object it because regardless his political view, his face looks angry when he speaks at interview or debate, how could he possibly talk with Foreign Chiefs with that kind of tempo. He couldn't reach his goal with that kind of manner and personality, it is important issue of disqualification of the Prsident. Look at Hillary's face and speaking manner, she can achieve her ambition with any representative from any Countries in this world successfuly. She can bring our Country back from these mess, we need her to be the President of United States of America badly.

    November 4, 2007 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  17. TRM

    I wonder how much money Algore and Generation Investment Management are funneling to this dud to spew this socialist garbage...

    November 4, 2007 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  18. Steve, Sumter SC

    Earth day year round? Wouldn't that be earth "365" days or earth year? If this is the best you can offer then the only way you will get to the White House is if you take the tour!

    November 5, 2007 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  19. looneytune

    I don't know about Dodd, but everyday I open my eyes, it IS Earth Day..

    November 5, 2007 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  20. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Not sure if you noticed, but the Dems in CT are all about taxes...(and spending) – we are the second highest taxed in the country – the Dems in CT are not fiscally the least

    November 5, 2007 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  21. r schier norwalk,ct

    I fail to understand why the concept getting off of foreign oil generates so many negative comments....Are all these posters oil sheiks in disguise??

    November 5, 2007 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  22. Ann ME

    You dumb jerk! Pandering does not make a smart president, it leaves one open for blackmail. Didn't he learn anything in security classes?

    November 5, 2007 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  23. Karen,ny

    To tell the truth, I basically wouldn't vote for Dodd because I don't care for his looks. He is very unattractive. I would like to have a president that is appealing to look at.

    November 6, 2007 08:52 am at 8:52 am |