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Backpacker Magazine – November 2008
Backcountry enthusiasts deserve a president who cares about trails. So we asked John McCain and Barack Obama ten tough questions–then polled 989 BACKPACKER readers to find out what matters to you in this election.
Mr. Obama, you've cited Teddy Roosevelt, who created five national parks, as a hero. Where would you create the next park?
Obama I support efforts to provide permanent protections for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Mr. Obama, your environmental agenda includes a plan to promote carbon sequestration through incentives to forest owners, ranchers, and farmers to plant more trees and grasslands. How would you accomplish that?
Obama I will increase funding for the Conservation Security Program and the Conservation Reserve Program and will create additional incentives for private landowners for sustainable agriculture to protect and restore wetlands, grasslands, forests, and other wildlife habitat. And I will support efforts of farmers to engage in no-till practices that retain carbon currently stored in the soil and aggregate carbon credits for sale through efforts like the Chicago Climate Exchange.
The CSP and CRP are federal programs that provide financial assitance to eligible farmers, ranchers, and landowners who work to conserve and "environmentally enhance" their land.
And part of your energy plan, Mr. McCain, involves developing more nuclear power plants.
McCain I strongly support greater reliance on nuclear power. I believe that if we are to be serious about addressing global warming, improving air quality, and achieving national energy security, we must also be serious about ensuring that nuclear energy is permitted to play a more significant role in our energy mix.
McCain calls for 45 new nuclear plants to be built by 2030.
Last question: Where would you take a BACKPACKER reader hiking?
Obama I remember fondly my childhood visits to Yellowstone, and I would very much like to return there for some autumn hiking.
McCain I would want to take you to Canyon de Chelly in Arizona, which I believe is among our nation's best-hidden natural treasures.