Democratic presidential candidate and New Mexico governor Bill Richardson addresses the Portsmouth democratic party's fifth annual banquet in Portsmouth, New Hampshire in this file photo from October 12, 2007.
Peter Sutters photo / File / 2007
PORTSMOUTH — When Democratic presidential candidate and New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson talks to Seacoast area voters later today about his energy policies, he may face fewer questions about policy particulars and more about how to put the country in a leadership position to combat worldwide problems such as global climate change.
Those are the sentiments of some Seacoast residents who plan to listen to and question Richardson at an energy forum hosted by Seacoast Media Group, the parent company of the Herald.
"We need leadership to work with other countries and create more cooperation," said Linda Hellier of North Hampton, who will attend the event with her husband, Jeff. "It's not happening today," she said about the Bush administration.
Richardson, a former ambassador to the United Nations and energy secretary under President Clinton, has just released a book, "Leading by Example," which touts his energy policies. The book talks about the balance of sound and innovative proposals with a strong bully pulpit to lead a "national movement" toward energy independence and to fight global warming.
"What would you do with other countries to work together on energy solutions?" Jeff Hellier said he would ask Richardson.
Jeff Hellier said he was already leaning toward Richardson as his preferred candidate for the New Hampshire primary, but Linda said she wasn't sure and wanted to see him in person to find out more.
Elizabeth Daschbach of Exeter is also in the process of finding out more, having recently returned from living in Europe for a decade. Since her return, she has been "frustrated how people can't move around without cars" and wonders if "Americans haven't become very short-sighted" in their energy policies and, more importantly, their individual practices.
What she's looking for in a president is someone who can lead the country "to be more self-sufficient, creative and flexible ... and not just gobble up finite resources."
Speaking earlier this week, Richardson said he believed restoring the country's leadership stature on energy and climate change was "the top domestic security and national security issue facing the country."
Portsmouth business owner and Maine resident Susan Kress Hamilton said she's impressed by Richardson's combination of experience as a diplomat and head of the Department of Energy.
"I want to know what Richardson's stance on nuclear power is," said Hamilton, an activist with the Seacoast Anti-Pollution League.
GO & DO
Bill Richardson shares his energy and climate change policies
When: Thursday, November 8, 1 p.m.
Where: Seacoast Media Group, 111 New Hampshire Ave., Portsmouth, N.H.
Details: All available tickets for this event have been distributed.
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