Sunday, January 13, 2008
"Environmental issues important to the Great Lakes are getting little respect and few commitments from presidential candidates. The Free Press sent questions to eight top candidates asking their views on tackling invasive species, fixing global warming, diverting Great Lakes water to parched states and supporting $20 billion in funding to restore the lakes, from rebuilding sewers to repairing wetlands. Only Republican Mitt Romney, a Michigan native, responded. Former presidential candidate Bill Richardson set off a firestorm in the Great Lakes region last fall when he told bone-dry Nevadans that Midwestern states were awash in water they ought to share."