2008 Candidate Environmental Policies - Part I

I've done this before, but now that we've entered the campaign season, its time to revisit the top candidates' views on the environment and energy.

Its always tough to decide how to list the candidates while avoiding complaints of partisanship. So I flipped a coin and the Democrats won. So today is the Dems, tomorrow is the Republicans. Here are some highlights and links to more information...

  • Senator Hillary Clinton: Click HERE for full information -
    • Reduce Global Warming with an 80% pollution reduction by 2050
    • Create a Strategic Energy Fund by injecting $50 billion into R&D, clean coal technology, and homegrown biofuels.
    • Cap & Trade Market Based Program allowing corporations to buy and sell permits after caps are placed on pollution levels.
    • Adopt 20% Renewable Electricity Standard by 2020
    • Make Federal Buildings Carbon Neutral by incorporating green design principles, energy efficiency technologies, and on-site electricity generation for the 500,000 federal buildings.
    • Reduce exposure to toxic chemicals by requiring chemical companies to prove that new chemicals are safe before they are put on the market. Also create an "environmental health tracking network" that ties information about pollution and chronic diseases together.
  • Senator Barack Obama: Click HERE for full information -
    • Limit the causes of global warming with a market-based-cap-and-trade system to reduce emissions 80% by 2050. This includes an initial partial auction of pollution credits to raise money to upgrade the energy infrastructure, create jobs, and increase energy independence.
    • Increase fuel efficiency with 4% increases in efficiency standards while establishing different standards for different types of cars. Companies can earn credit for improving fuel efficiency beyond government standards.
    • The 4% standard should reduce daily oil consumption by 1.3 million barrels and gasoline consumption by 20 billion gallons per year, saving consumers $50 billion per year at the pump by 2020.
    • Reduce carbon emissions by making greater use of home-grown renewable fuels.
    • Create incentives for automotive companies by granting federal assistance to cover 10% of company healthcare costs through 2017, if at least 50% of the healthcare savings is invested in fuel efficient car manufacturing.
    • Invest in advanced technologies and require 20% renewable electricity sources by 2020.
    • Strengthen the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act.
    • Conservation of National Parks, Forests, and new lands.
    • Protect children and families from lead or other toxic poisons by enforcing environmental regulations and forcing the EPA to hold polluters responsible for toxic dump sites.
  • Former Senator John Edwards: Click HERE for full information -
    • Capping greenhouse gas pollution starting in 2010 with a Cap-And-Trade system. Reducing these gases by 15% by 2020 and 80% by 2050.
    • Creating a global climate treaty that commits all nations, including developing nations, to help design clean energy technology & reduce pollution.
    • Creation of a New Energy Economy Fund by auctioning $10 billion in greenhouse pollution permits and repealing subsidies for big oil companies. The fund will support R&D in energy technology like carbon-capture and energy efficient automobiles.
    • ***If someone knows Edwards' policies beyond global warming and energy, please let me know. I'm having a difficult time finding his stance on anything else.

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