Frank O'Donnell is president of
Clean Air Watch
and has identified key election races and issues of concern for those who vote with a green conscience. He first asks if the environment plays a significant role in voter decisions, citing conflicting polls. But he also emphasizes that in very tight races the environmentalists can make or break a candidate. Clean
Watch is nonpartisan and won't participate in electorial politics, but O'Donnell points to the "dirty dozen" list compiled by the League of Conservation Voters. Some of the leading targets are Rep. Richard Pombo (R-CA) and Sen.
Chafee (R-RI). The hottest ballot issue is Prop. 87 in California, which would tax companies drilling for oil in the state. The oil industry has put up over $60 million to fight the proposition that former Pres. Bill Clinton has endorsed. By the way, if you want a "Vote Green" button like the one shown here, visit the Majority Visibility Project