Parties plan 'green' conventions

June 15, 2007 at 11:53 AM
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WASHINGTON, June 15 (UPI) -- The national nominating conventions ahead of the 2008 U.S. presidential election will try to be politically correct when it comes to the environment.

Both the Republican and Democratic parties are planning "green" conventions in 2008 in order to appeal to environmentalist voters, The Hill, a Washington newspaper, reported Friday.

Plans range from using confetti made from recycled paper to purchasing carbon offsets to reduce the impact of greenhouse gas emissions.

For the Democratic Convention in Denver, local transportation will have to be provided by hybrid vehicles while official airline partners for the convention may have to sign an agreement calling for the purchase of carbon offsets.

On the Republican side, the GOP is planning to make its convention in Minnesota as energy-efficient as possible, spokesman Chris Taylor told The Hill.

By selecting the Twin Cities, Republicans picked a host known for its environmentally friendly policies.

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