Category Archives: Politics

Your guide to green politics. Learn how our leaders feel & what is going on with big business.

Obama & McCain On Nuclear Energy

Where do the presidential candidates stand on nuclear energy? Barack Obama: Has said we should explore nuclear power as part of the energy mix, but has also said nuclear is not a great option because of problems with safety and storage and because it usually requires big government subsidies. John McCain: Calls for 45 new… Read More »

Obama & McCain On Coal

Where do the presidential candidates stand on coal? Barack Obama: Supports “clean coal.” Supports coal-to-liquid fuels if they emit 20% less carbon over their lifecycle than conventional fuels. Says he would use “whatever tools are necessary to stop new dirty coal plants from being built in America — including a ban on new traditional coal… Read More »

Obama & McCain On Biofuels

Where do the presidential candidates stand on biofuels? Barack Obama: Calls for 60 billion gallons of “advanced biofuels” [PDF] like cellulosic ethanol to be produced in the U.S. each year by 2030. Proposes federal tax incentives and other inducements to help develop the advanced biofuels. John McCain: Supports increased use of biofuels, but has not… Read More »

Obama & McCain On Renewable Energy

Where do the presidential candidates stand on renewable energy? Barack Obama: Calls for getting 10% of U.S. electricity from renewables by 2012, and 25% by 2025. Proposes investing $150 billion over 10 years in renewables, advanced biofuels, efficiency, and other clean tech, and says this will help create 5 million green jobs. John McCain: Supports… Read More »

Obama & McCain On Fuel-Economy Standards For Automobiles

Where do the presidential candidates stand on fuel-economy standards for automobiles? Barack Obama: Supports raising fuel-economy standards 4% — roughly one mile per gallon — each year. Proposes spending $4 billion to help U.S. automakers upgrade their plants to produce more efficient cars and trucks. John McCain: Says he would more effectively enforce existing fuel-economy… Read More »

Obama & McCain On Offshore Drilling

Where do the presidential candidates stand on offshore drilling? Barack Obama: Generally opposes opening additional U.S. waters to offshore oil drilling, but says he would consider it as part of a comprehensive energy plan that includes incentives for renewable energy. John McCain: Calls for lifting the federal ban on offshore oil drilling in new areas.… Read More »

Sarah Palin On The Environment

Where does Sarah Palin stand on issues related to energy and the environment? Well the folks over at Grist put together this quick snapshot. Check it out.. Opposed a statewide ballot initiative to prohibit or restrict new mining operations that could affect salmon in the state’s streams and rivers Has pushed to build a natural-gas… Read More »