Saturday, February 02, 2008

Open Thread: Best Presidential Candidate on Energy

Who has the most forward-thinking, aggressive plan for a 21st century energy system and fighting global warming?

AND...does the candidate have the ability - the clout, the partnerships - to actually see it through?

3 comments:

Maria Surma Manka said...

I just read Clinton and Obama's energy plans. WOW are they similar.

Hillary's plan was much more flushed out on details, news programs and money sources.

But both candidates want to establish a cap-and-trade policy and both are willing to explore nuclear power. Both want to spend $150 billion over the next 10 years to cut oil imports by two-thirds from 2030 projected levels, with some money going towards renewables. Both want 25% of America's energy to come from renewables by 2025, drastically improve fuel efficiency standards, phase out the incandescent light bulb, and explore carbon sequestration. Both want to ultimately cut emissions 80% by 2050 and they want to get the U.S. back into global climate talks and in particular convene a group of the biggest CO2 emitters on the planet to come up with a plan.

rick said...

http://www.grist.org/candidate_chart_08.html

I thought this link was especially helpful, and I thought McCain's position was shockingly good. Scary, in fact. He might be better than the Democrats on coal and renewables. What's also helpful is the chart contains links to speeches and position papers for energy. This vote might not be an easy one.

Maria Surma Manka said...

Thanks, Rick. That's a handy resource.