News Minute: Presidential Candidates Offer No Real Energy Reform by rachels
June 25, 2008, 2:22 pm
Filed under: FEATURES, Politics

Sen. McCain released a broader energy policy yesterday, followed by Sen. Obama’s retort. As gas prices rise, the energy crisis is (finally) brought to the forefront of national attention. Who knew it would only take a few bucks more spent at the pump to incite America’s quest to go green? Will the ’08 election offer anything more than “the greenest convention in the history of the planet.” Let’s take a look…

The Good: Admits that Americans need to overhaul daily habits. “We can’t drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times…and then just expect that other countries are going to say okay.”

The Bad: Timeline is too liberal (non pun intended). We cannot afford to reduce oil consumption by 2015 or even 2025, we need federally mandated limits placed today.

The Ugly: Obama’s refusal to invest in nuclear energy and his kowtowing to the ethanol lobby is enough to make a Republican’s stance on the enviornment look appealing. Obama’s support of coal-to-liquid legislation may cause more carbon dioxide pollution than gasoline.

The Good: Admits that the country’s next president must break with the current (and previous) administrations’ energy policies. His view of energy policy as a national security issue may give it the alarm-factor it needs to really go somewhere in terms of getting legislation passed quickly.

The Bad: McCain is often found hypocritical in his energy policy decisions. For example, he supports the building of 45 new nuclear power plants but voted against a bill that would provide tax credits for the building of the plants.

The Ugly:
The gas tax holiday! It’s a ridiculous idea and a great example of McCain pandering to voters, particularly the Republican base (think SUV drivers living in the middle of nowhere). And off-shore drilling, I guess.

For more information on the candidates’ positions: Council on Foreign Relations

Opinion article calling Obama’s proposals “mystical” and McCain’s “confusing”: Denver Post


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