Friday, September 5, 2008

Energy Issues

Now that the conventions are over, I can't wait to actually get to the debates. The most important issue for me this election is energy policy, which is intimately linked with the economy and our issues in the middle east. In their speeches, here is what each candidate had to say on energy:


• Set a goal that "in 10 years, we will finally end our dependence on oil from the Middle East."

• "Tap natural gas reserves, invest in clean coal technology and find ways to safely harness nuclear power."

• "Help our auto companies retool, so that the fuel-efficient cars of the future are built right here in America."

• Make it easier for Americans to afford U.S.-built, fuel-efficient cars.

• Have the federal government "invest $150 billion over the next decade in affordable, renewable sources of energy -- wind power and solar power and the next generation of biofuels." Doing so, he said, would "lead to new industries and 5 million new jobs that pay well and can't ever be outsourced."


• Produce more energy at home.

• Drill new wells offshore.

• Build more nuclear power plants.

• Develop clean coal technology.

• Increase the use of wind, tide, solar and natural gas.

• Encourage the development and use of flex fuel, hybrid and electric automobiles.

Note the big difference, Obama gave us some specifics and set a solid goal, while McCain just spouted some nice sentences. Further, in McCain's speech he said Obama was against nuclear power, which he isn't, he just wants it to be safe. A pure lie from McCain in his acceptance speech (one of a few).

You can find more about what each said here (Obama) and here (McCain).

Can't wait until the debates, someone is going to get served: