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September 28, 2012 / needhamgrassroots

Compare Pres. Obama vs. Mitt Romney on Energy Policy

via TruthOut— Clean energy is an important part of the economy of Colorado, which is the location of the first presidential debate on October 3rd.

Colorado’s robust wind industry and70,000 jobs in green goods and services could suffer if the Production Tax Credit for wind isn’t extended by the end of 2012. The presidential candidates differ on this, as well as other energy issues. Hopefully the Denver debate, scheduled to focus on the economy, will also address energy policies so vital to Colorado and the nation.

The United States is in the midst of significant changes in our energy outlook. We are producing and burning more natural gas for electricity, while reducing coal use. Domestic oil production is at a 15-year high while oil imports are at a 15-year low. Renewable electricity doubled over the past four years, while worldwide carbon pollution and the impacts of climate change grow. The next president will face these and other serious challenges posed by a changing energy world.

President Barack Obama’s first term featured

  • the adoption of essential toxic and carbon pollution reduction measures to protect public health.
  • In addition, he modernized fuel-economy standards for the first time in two decades, which also helped the auto industry;
  • invested in energy efficiency and renewable electricity; and
  • created tens of thousands of jobs.

Gov. Mitt Romney’s energy agenda couldn’t be more different.

  • He would undo new safeguards from mercury, carcinogens, soot, and smog from industrial sources.
  • He opposes the improved fuel-economy standards, and
  • would continue and expand tax breaks for big oil companies,
  • while openly disparaging clean energy and investments in wind power.

In short, there are stark differences between the two presidential candidates that must be discussed on October 3 so Americans have a clear view of the energy path each candidate would lead us down.

[The accompanying chart has a] more detailed direct comparison of their positions on the most visible energy challenges facing the nation. [At the original article] is documentation on the candidates’ positions.

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