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The single-issue voter: A birder’s look at Mike Huckabee – R

September 13, 2007

It’s that time again. As civic-minded individuals do, I’m oft interested in how the platforms of those running for president affect my life, that’s as a birder naturally. With so many candidates and elections still more than a year off I decided to do the work so you, dear reader(s), don’t have to. So here’s what I hope will be a regular look as those who would be birder-in-chief. Starting with the long-shots and working my way up so that you all will be prepared when the time comes to cast your ballot. The tenth part of The Drinking Bird’s sixteen part series.

Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee‘s star has been rising lately, some polls have him running neck and neck with John McCain for 4th place among Republicans, some have him still well below in 5th. I had originally planned on doing all the candidates in reverse order but that plan was kinda shot to hell by shifting polls. Can’t anyone make up their mind? I have a schedule now that I’m going to stick with, and that schedule has Huckabee going today, so here’s some Huck.

But first a little info on your humble blogger, I grew up in Missouri, just across the Arkansas border. There’s some truly beautiful country in the North Arkansas Ozarks and I can say from personal experience that in Huckabee’s term he was a good steward of his state’s land, in at least he didn’t screw things up too badly. He valiantly fought against dams on the Buffalo river of North Arkansas, America’s first national river and a great spot for LeConte’s and Henslow’s Sparrows among others. He does however, support drilling in ANWR and also encourages oil and gas exploration offshore, specifically in the Gulf of Mexico as a member of the Southern Governors Association, likely meaning that a Huckabee administration would support similar drilling off the Atlantic coast.

Other than that Huckabee’s environmental policies are only what can be deduced from his social conservative views on other issues. He has stated that he feels that conservatives should believe in conservation, and that there are few things more valuable than the “natural resources that God created and gave us to carefully manage”. While there certainly is a perception that those who consider themselves conservative republicans don’t believe in preservation and protection of natural resources, Huckabee at least appears to have a real conservation ethic and talks honestly and sincerely about it, which is great.

There’s not much out there about Huckabee’s environmental record, his only political experience has been in the Arkansas executive branch so it’s thin. But if his statements to date are genuine, I don’t see how a Huckabee administration would be terrible for birds, certainly when compared with some of his colleagues.

Next: Hey demmy demmy demmy, swwwing demmy…

Update 3/5/08 – Huckabee has dropped out of the race for the presidency

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