Colorado 7th Congressional District candidate for the U.S. House, Dave Chandler, is a graduate of Metropolitan State College of Denver. Dave is featured in this week's edition of the campus student newspaper, The Metropolitan.
Dave Chandler ran as the Green Party candidate for Colorado’s 7th Congressional District in 2002. The 1992 Metro graduate had previously been unaffiliated with any party.
Aside from being environmentally oriented, the Green Party focuses on eliminating private money from elections, ending the war in Iraq and working to limit corruption caused by special-interest lobbyists. “You Can Vote to Stop the ‘Culture of Corruption’” reads the title of one of Chandler’s blogs. On his blog Chandler also points to North Korea’s recent nuclear test as evidence of the Bush administration’s foreign policy failures.
Regarding federal education dollars in higher education, Chandler calls it “still primarily a state government responsibility,” because he favors “decentralization of decision-making and local control.” Despite this, Chandler supports an increase in federal tuition assistance, particularly grants.
“Over-reliance on student loans is a curse for most graduates,” Chandler said. “Grants or zero-interest loans would be the main way I would like to see Colorado college students helped in the future.”
On the topic of illegal immigration, Chandler said in an email, “Let’s be very blunt about this. ‘Illegal’ immigrants don’t come here to have less or the same of what they left. They come here to participate in our rapacious consumption.” He pointed out that the U.S. population is soon to exceed 300 million and that “our planet simply cannot sustain an increasing population with the consumptive behavior we have in the U.S. … That is why illegal and/or unrestricted legal immigration is bad for America and the world.”
“I support only legal, regulated immigration with a path to citizenship,” Chandler said. “My ‘bigger picture’ priority is to raise awareness of our worldwide overpopulation crisis and encourage the U.S. and the rest of the planet’s nations to once again make this an issue to be seriously confronted.”
Chandler hopes to see Colorado become a “leader in research and development of alternative and sustainable energy resources. Through the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden and private enterprise, (he) would like to see poor and working people around the globe begin to have better and greater access to clean, sustainable energy sources through technology developed in Colorado.”
A BBC news report today, puts new emphasis on Dave's reference in the above article on human population and our consumption of natural resources.
Current global consumption levels could result in a large-scale ecosystem collapse by the middle of the century, environmental group WWF has warned.
The group's biannual Living Planet Report said the natural world was being degraded "at a rate unprecedented in human history". ...
... It warned that if demand continued at the current rate, two planets would be needed to meet global demand by 2050.
The biodiversity loss was a result of resources being consumed faster than the planet could replace them, the authors said. ...
... The nations that were shown to have the largest "ecological footprints" were the United Arab Emirates, the United States and Finland. ...
... The Ecological Footprint measured the amount of biologically productive land and water to meet the demand for food, timber, shelter, and absorb the pollution from human activity.
The report concluded that the global footprint exceeded the earth's biocapacity by 25% in 2003, which meant that the Earth could no longer keep up with the demands being placed upon it.
The findings echo a study published earlier this month that said the world went into "ecological debt" on 9 October this year.