Presidential candidates on energy

I just voted this morning for my presidential pick and it is a thrill to be part of an historical event. I don’t know if this will help but for those who are still yet undecided and maybe looking at Obama and McCain’s stands on oil and energy, here are some of what they have to say about these issues (courtesy of Google).

“I’ll invest $150 billion over the next decade in affordable, renewable sources of energy — wind power and solar power and the next generation of biofuels; an investment that will lead…”

“energy is going to be key in dealing with Russia,” he said, adding: “If we can reduce our energy consumption, that reduces the amount of petro dollars that they have to make mischief around the world”“There are things you can do individually, though, to save energy,” Obama said. “Making sure your tires are properly inflated — simple thing…”

“We are going to have to deal with energy because we can’t keep on borrowing from the Chinese and sending money to Saudi Arabia. We are mortgaging our children’s future. We’ve got to have a different energy plan”

“Now is the time to end our oil addiction and to understand that drilling is a stopgap measure, not a long-term solution”

“I remain skeptical that new offshore drilling will bring down gas prices in the short-term or significantly reduce our oil dependence in the long term, though I do welcome the establishment of a process that will allow us to make future drilling…”

“I think that in 10 years, we can reduce our dependence so that we no longer have to import oil from the Middle East or Venezuela. I think that’s about a realistic time frame”

“Long-term, we’ve got to become used to nuclear, wind, solar, tide, all of the alternate energy, including a battery that will take a car 100 miles or 200 miles” before being recharged”

“We are going to stop sending $700 billion a year to countries that don’t like us very much. We will attack the problem on every front. We will produce more energy at home. We will drill new wells offshore, and we’ll drill them…”

“If I am president, we will start new drilling now. We will invest in all energy alternatives: nuclear, wind, solar, and tide. We will encourage the manufacture of hybrid, flex fuel and electric automobiles…”

“It doesn’t take a leap in logic to conclude that if we want to arrest global warming, then nuclear energy is a powerful ally in that cause”

“Nuclear power is a proven, reliable, zero-emission source of energy, and it is time to recommit to advancing our use of nuclear power”

“I am very angry, frankly, at the oil companies, not only because of the obscene profits they’ve made, but at their failure to invest in alternate energy to help us eliminate our dependence on foreign oil”

“…I’ve already have turned to Governor Palin, particularly on energy issues”

One Response to Presidential candidates on energy

  1. Pradeep 4 November, 2008 at 10:45 pm #

    About the comment on nuclear energy, a McKinsey report released in December 2007 puts the expected abatement of GHG emissions using nuclear energy to be ~75 million metric tonnes (MT) of CO2/year by 2030.
    In comparison, the same report lists the potential of wind power to mitigate GHG emissions ~120 MT CO2/year and solar photovoltaics at 50 MT CO2/year.
    These values are replotted here .

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