Sunday, March 2, 2008

Some of Hillary’s Energy Policies

In the Daily Texan’s February 29, 2008 article “Hillary wants Houston to lead space, energy development,” Teresa Mioli reports about some of Hillary’s energy plans as she races for her party’s nomination. Clinton said that the U.S. needs to be more committed to new energy standards and pointed out that the U.S. depends on the energy developments in Houston for much of its progress. One of her new standards would be a new fuel efficiency standard of 55mpg by 2030. She would also increase energy-efficient buildings and create new jobs with a Green Building Fund. In addition, she proposed creating a “$50 billion Strategic Energy Fund, which would be financed by taking away tax breaks from oil companies.” The president of Shell Oil Co. was not opposed to this fund. Clinton even proposed a “GreenCorp” program that would exist within AmeriCorp to promote “energy efficient projects.” She closed with the idea that the U.S. energy’s future will depend upon “innovators and visionaries.”

Although I disagree with many of Clinton’s policies, I have to admit that her proposed energy policy is certainly better than Bush’s (although I’m not aware of how it compares to Obama’s). She gave many details about how she would execute a more energy efficient society, and I’m probably most impressed with the wide rage of programs that she has considered, such as GreenCorp. Clinton is certainly making the effort to have the public aware of her policies since she was the only candidate to show up at Houston’s Presidential Summit last Thursday.

1 comment:

Nilou said...

Reading Mariam article, I thought I should talk about an article I read about Obama’s energy policy online at

A summarization of main points of his policy is as follows:

1) Implementing California’s governor plan nationally to reduce GHG emissions from cars by 5% by 2015 and 10% by 2020.
2) Increasing production of biofuels such as corn and cellulosic ethanol (corn>>>not a good idea).
3) Increasing incentives for research, investment in cleaner fuels and flexible fuel vehicles.
4) Creating a national fuels standard to reduce 200 million tons of emissions by 2020 compared to 2007 level.
5) Reducing oil imports by 30 billion gallons by 2020 because of implementing the above plan.
6) He has already proposed a bill in senate for increasing fuel efficiency standard.

They think that his carbon program plus the introduced bill would cut emissions by 583 million tons by 2020. For reading the extended article you can visit the website below.