Thursday, March 6, 2008

Candidates' Views

Perusing the campaign websites of the two democratic presidential candidates, I was hard-pressed to find any issue related to energy and environment which distinguished one from the other. Searching John McCain's campaign website, I was hard-pressed to even find a section related to energy and the environment. His section on the environment was situated next to his section on The Right to Bear Arms. But first to the Democrats.

When choosing your Democratic nominee look much further than energy and environment because you will find their stances in this area are almost word for word, number for number, year for year. The following are the majority of the highlights from both Obama and Clinton's campaigns:

  • A cap and trade of carbon emissions with the 100% to be auctioned.
  • A $150 billion 10-year investment in clean energy
  • Doubling of the federal investment on basic energy research
  • A Renewable Portfolio Standard of 25% renewable energy by 2025
  • 60 billion gallons of homegrown biofuels by 2030
  • All federal buildings to be carbon neutral by 2030
Although neither candidate distinguishes themselves here, you can't go wrong here with either candidate.

John McCain on the other hand leaves his stance on energy and environment a mystery (at least according to his website.) Environment is the second to last issue noted (Energy is not a choice) right before "Protecting the Second Amendment." Fortunately in his section within Environment, ' Stewards of Our Nation's Rich Natural Heritage," McCain runs a video informing us that global warming is real and we import our oil from unstable countries.

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