by Jeff Woods
on Mon, May 7, 2007 at 2:15 PM
With Idea No. 6 in his "30 Ideas in 30 Days" publicity blitz, Bob Clement raised the ire of one of his rivals in the mayor's race today with a seemingly innocuous promise: Clement said he wants "to make Nashville more environmentally friendly" and backed basic LEED (Leadership in Energy and Envionmental Design) Standards for new Metro schools and taxpayer-funded buildings.
"I will approach all new development with an eye toward future generations," Clement said.
That drew fire from David Briley because Briley has already staked his claim as the "Green Candidate" in the mayor's race and isn't about to relinquish it to a latecomer like Clement.
"I'm glad to hear that Bob liked David's 'Green Mayor' idea so much," said Briley's campaign manager, Emily Passini. "The only thing 'green' about Clement's ideas is the fact that every idea so far has been recycled. How can we trust a guy on the environment when he spent more than a decade in Congress voting against increased emission standards for our cars? David Briley is the only candidate in this race who has an original and comprehensive platform for addressing sustainable development in Nashville."
Passini then proceeded to unleash a choice page or two of the Briley campaign's research into Clement's congressional record. A sampling:
Clement voted against raising fuel-economy standards on light trucks and SUVs in 2001; Clement voted against moving $36 million from fossil fuel development to winterization for low-income families in 2001; Clement voted to prevent communities from knowing if smog levels didn't meet new EPA standards in 2000; and Clement voted repeatedly to force taxpayers to pay to clean up toxic waste dumps instead of the companies that did the polluting.