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President-elect, Barack Obama, has had a very favorable view of renewable energy, and has presented some specific plans about how to increase the renewable portfolio in the United States.
Below is a lis of items in his proposed Comprehensive Energy Plan, with attention to both short term and long term objectives.
Comprehensive Energy Plan
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New Energy for America - 8-page PDF.
(33.54 Minutes) Barack Obama on Energy in Lansing, Michigan
Barack Obama gave a policy address on dealing with the energy crisis in the US and our dependence on foreign oil. (YouTube August 4, 2008)
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(7.10 Minutes) Barack Obama on Energy in Youngstown, OH
On August 5th, 2008, Barack Obama held a town hall meeting in Youngstown OH focused on our energy future. (YouTube August 5, 2008)
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(.30 Minutes) "New Energy" Ad
Airing in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Michigan, "New Energy" sets the record straight on energy policy and responds to false, negative attacks by John McCain and the Republican party. (YouTube July 8, 2008)
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(.30 Minutes) "Pocket" TV Ad
"Pocket" illustrates the clear choice in this election between an approach that keeps us sending billions to oil companies and foreign governments and one that gives middle class families a $1,000... (YouTube August 4, 2008)
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(13.19 Minutes) Change that Works for You: Las Vegas, NV
Barack Obama held a discussion about energy at Springs Preserve in Las Vegas, Nevada on June 24, 2008.(YouTube June 24, 2008)
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Barack Obama and Joe Biden recognize that skyrocketing energy costs are taking a heavy toll on
American families. To address the squeeze on Americans, they are calling for an: emergency energy
rebate an aggressive plan to crack down on speculators and a swap of oil from the Strategic Petroleum
Reserve to help provide immediate relief from soaring energy prices.
• Immediately Provide Emergency Energy Rebate. Barack Obama and Joe Biden will require oil
companies to take a reasonable share of their record?breaking windfall profits and use it to
provide direct relief worth $500 for an individual and $1,000 for a married couple. The relief
would be delivered as quickly as possible to help families cope with the rising price of gasoline,
food and other necessities. The rebates would be fully paid for with five years of a windfall profits
tax on record oil company profits. This relief would be a down payment on the Obama?Biden longterm
plan to provide middle?class families with at least $1,000 per year in permanent tax relief.
The Obama?Biden energy rebates will: offset the entire increase in gas prices for a working family
over the next four months or pay for the entire increase in winter heating bills for a typical family
in a cold?weather state. In addition, Barack Obama and Joe Biden have proposed setting aside a
portion of a second round of fiscal stimulus to ensure sufficient funding for home heating and
weatherization assistance as we move into the fall and winter months.
• Crack Down on Excessive Energy Speculation. Current loopholes in Commodity Futures Trading
Commission regulations have contributed to the skyrocketing price of oil on world
markets. Barack Obama and Joe Biden will enact simple legislation to close these loopholes and
increase transparency on the market to help bring oil prices down and prevent traders from
unfairly lining their pockets at the expense of the American people.
• Swap Light and Heavy Crude, Release Oil from Strategic Petroleum Reserve to Cut Prices. The
United States’ Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) is there for a purpose: to help Americans in
times of crisis. Barack Obama and Joe Biden believe the doubling of oil prices in the past year is a
crisis for millions of Americans and the transfer of wealth to oil producing countries, many of
them hostile to our interests, is a threat to our national security. With the goal of bringing down
prices at the pump, they support releasing light oil from the SPR now and replacing it later with
heavier crude more suited to our long?term needs.
Our nation is confronted by two major energy challenges –our dependence on foreign oil and global
climate change – both of which stem from our current dependence on fossil fuels for energy. Barack
Obama and Joe Biden believe we have a moral, environmental, economic, and security imperative to
address our dependence on foreign oil and tackle climate change in a serious, sustainable manner.
As a result of climate change, the polar ice caps are shrinking causing sea levels to rise extreme weather
is wreaking havoc across the globe droughts are becoming more severe, tropical diseases are migrating
north and numerous species are being threatened with extinction.
• Implement Cap and Trade Program to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions. Barack Obama and
Joe Biden support implementation of an economy?wide cap?and?trade system to reduce carbon
emissions by the amount scientists say is necessary: 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050. This
market mechanism has worked before and will give all American consumers and businesses the
incentives to use their ingenuity to develop economically effective solutions to climate change. The
Obama?Biden cap?and?trade policy will require all pollution credits to be auctioned. A 100
percent auction ensures that all industries pay for every ton of emissions they release, rather than
giving these valuable emission rights away to companies on the basis of their past pollution. A
small portion of the receipts generated by auctioning allowances ($15 billion per year) will be
used to support the development of clean energy, invest in energy efficiency improvements, and
help develop the next generation of biofuels and clean energy vehicles – measures that will help
the economy and help meet the emissions reduction targets. It will also be used to provide new
funding to state and federal land and wildlife managers to restore habitat, create wildlife
migration corridors, and assist fish and wildlife to adapt to the effects of a warming climate. All
remaining receipts will be used for rebates and other transition relief to ensure that families and
communities are not adversely impacted by the transition to a new energy, low carbon economy.
• Make the U.S. a Leader on Climate Change. Barack Obama and Joe Biden understand that the
only real solution to climate change requires all major emitting nations to join in the solution.
While it is time for America to lead, developing nations like China and Brazil must not be far
behind in making their own binding commitments. To develop an effective and equitable global
program, Barack Obama and Joe Biden will re?engage with the U.N. Framework Convention on
Climate Change (UNFCC) – the main international forum dedicated to addressing the climate
problem. They will also invigorate the Major Economies (MEM) effort and bring all the major
emitting nations together to develop effective emissions reduction efforts.
Barack Obama and Joe Biden will use a portion of the revenue generated from the cap?and?trade permit
auction to make investments that will reduce our dependence on foreign oil and accelerate deployment of
low?carbon technologies. The investments will focus on three critical areas: 1) Basic Research 2)
Technology Demonstration and 3) Aggressive Commercial Deployment and Clean Market Creation.
• Invest In A Clean Energy Economy and Help Create 5 Million New Green Jobs. Barack Obama
and Joe Biden will strategically invest $150 billion over 10 years to accelerate the
commercialization of plug?in hybrids, promote development of commercial scale renewable
energy, encourage energy efficiency, invest in low emissions coal plants, advance the next
generation of biofuels and fuel infrastructure, and begin transition to a new digital electricity grid.
The plan will also invest in America's highly?skilled manufacturing workforce and manufacturing
centers to ensure that American workers have the skills and tools they need to pioneer the green
technologies that will be in high demand throughout the world. All together these investments will
help the private sector create 5 million new green jobs, good jobs that cannot be outsourced.
• Create a “Green Vet Initiative”. The renewable energy economy is exploding in the United States.
In terms of venture capital alone, private investment in the sector topped $2.6 billion dollars in
2007. At the same time, more than 837,000 troops who served in Iraq or Afghanistan are now
veterans. Barack Obama and Joe Biden will ensure that more of our veterans can enter the new
energy economy. They will create a new “Green Vet Initiative” that will have two missions: first it
will offer counseling and job placement to help veterans gain the skills to enter this rapidly
growing field second, it will work with industry partners to create career pathways and
• Convert our Manufacturing Centers into Clean Technology Leaders. America boasts the
highest?skilled manufacturing workforce in the world and advanced manufacturing facilities that
have powered economic growth in America for decades. Barack Obama and Joe Biden believe that
America companies and workers should build the high?demand technologies of the future, and he
will help nurture America’s success in clean technology manufacturing by establishing a federal
investment program to help manufacturing centers modernize and help Americans learn new
skills to produce green products. This federal grant program will allocate money to the states to
identify and support local manufacturers with the most compelling plans for modernizing existing
or closed manufacturing facilities to produce new advanced clean technologies. This investment
will help provide the critical up?front capital needed by small and mid?size manufacturers to
produce these innovative new technologies. Along with an increased federal investment in the
research, development and deployment of advanced technologies, this $1 billion per year
investment will help spur sustainable economic growth in communities across the country.
• Create New Job Training Programs for Clean Technologies. The Obama?Biden plan will
increase funding for federal workforce training programs and direct these programs to
incorporate green technologies training, such as advanced manufacturing and weatherization
training, into their efforts to help Americans find and retain stable, high?paying jobs. Barack
Obama and Joe Biden will also create an energy?focused youth jobs program to invest in
disconnected and disadvantaged youth. This program will provide youth participants with energy
efficiency and environmental service opportunities to improve the energy efficiency of homes and
buildings in their communities, while also providing them with practical skills and experience in
important career fields of expected high?growth employment. Participants will not only be able to
use their training to find new jobs, but also build skills that will help them move up the career
ladder over time.
Last year, oil provided more than 96 percent of the energy in our vehicles. It is an economic, national
security and environmental imperative that this near?total dependence comes to an end. To achieve this
goal, Barack Obama and Joe Biden will implement a strategy that will – within 10 years ? allow us to
reduce our consumption of oil by more than we currently import from the Middle East and Hugo Chavez’s
Venezuela combined. In order to do that, he will:
• Increase Fuel Economy Standards. Barack Obama and Joe Biden will increase fuel economy
standards 4 percent per each year while protecting the financial future of domestic automakers.
The plan, which will save nearly a half trillion gallons of gasoline and 6 billion metric tons of
greenhouse gases, will establish concrete targets for annual fuel efficiency increases while giving
industry the flexibility to meet those targets.
• Invest in Developing Advanced Vehicles and Put 1 Million Plugin Electric Vehicles on the Road
by 2015. As a U.S. senator, Barack Obama has led efforts to jumpstart federal investment in
advanced vehicles, including combined plug?in hybrid/flexible fuel vehicles, which can get over
150 miles per gallon of gas As president, Obama will continue this leadership by investing in
advanced vehicle technology with a specific focus on R&D in advanced battery technology. The
increased federal funding will leverage private sector funds and support our domestic automakers
to bring plug?in hybrids and other advanced vehicles to American consumers. Barack Obama and
Joe Biden will also provide a $7,000 tax credit for the purchase of advanced technology vehicles as
well as conversion tax credits. And to help create a market and show government leadership in
purchasing highly efficient cars, Barack Obama and Joe Biden will commit to:
:o Within one year of becoming President, the entire White House fleet will be converted to
plug?ins as security permits and
:o Half of all cars purchased by the federal government will be plug?in hybrids or all?electric
• Partner with Domestic Automakers. Barack Obama and Joe Biden will also provide $4 billion
retooling tax credits and loan guarantees for domestic auto plants and parts manufacturers, so
that the new fuel?efficient cars can be built in the U.S. by American workers rather than overseas.
This measure will strengthen the U.S. manufacturing sector and help ensure that American
workers will build the high?demand cars of the future.
• Mandate All New Vehicles are Flexible Fuel Vehicles. Sustainably?produced biofuels can create
jobs, protect the environment and help end oil addiction – but only if Americans drive cars that
will take such fuels. Barack Obama and Joe Biden will work with Congress and auto companies to
ensure that all new vehicles have FFV capability – the capability by the end of his first term in
• Develop the Next Generation of Sustainable Biofuels and Infrastructure. Advances in biofuels,
including cellulosic ethanol, biobutenol and other new technologies that produce synthetic
petroleum from sustainable feedstocks offer tremendous potential to break our addiction to oil.
Barack Obama and Joe Biden will work to ensure that these clean alternative fuels are developed
and incorporated into our national supply as soon as possible. They will require at least 60 billion
gallons of advanced biofuels by 2030. They will invest federal resources, including tax incentives
and government contracts into developing the most promising technologies and building the
infrastructure to support them.
• Establish a National Low Carbon Fuel Standard. Barack Obama and Joe Biden will establish a
National Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) to speed the introduction of low?carbon nonpetroleum
fuels. The standard requires fuels suppliers in 2010 to begin to reduce the carbon of
their fuel by 5 percent within 5 years and 10 percent within 10 years. The Obama?Biden plan will
incentivize increased private sector investment in advanced low?carbon fuels and has a
sustainability provision to ensure that increased biofuels production does not come at the expense
of environmental conservation. The LCFS is an important mechanism in ensuring that our efforts
to reduce our oil dependence also reduce carbon emissions.
With 3 percent of the world’s oil reserves, the U.S. cannot drill its way to energy security. But U.S. oil and
gas production plays an important role in our domestic economy and remains critical to prevent global
energy prices from climbing even higher. There are several key opportunities to support increased U.S.
production of oil and gas that do not require opening up currently protected areas.
• A “Use it or Lose It” Approach to Existing Leases. Oil companies have access to 68 million acres
of land, over 40 million offshore, which they are not drilling on. Drilling in open areas could
significantly increase domestic oil and gas production. Barack Obama and Joe Biden will require
oil companies to diligently develop these leases or turn them over so that another company can
• Promote the Responsible Domestic Production of Oil and Natural Gas. Barack Obama and Joe
Biden will set up a process for early identification of any infrastructure obstacles/shortages or
possible federal permitting process delays to drilling in:
:o Bakken Shale in Montana and North Dakota which could have as much as 4 billion
recoverable barrels of oil according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
:o Unconventional natural gas supplies in the Barnett Shale formation in Texas and the
Fayetteville Shale in Arkansas.
:o National Petroleum Reserve?Alaska (NPR?A) which comprises 23.5 million acres of federal
land set aside by President Harding to secure the nation's petroleum reserves for national
• Prioritize the Construction of the Alaska Natural Gas Pipeline. Barack Obama and Joe Biden
will work with stakeholders to facilitate construction of the pipeline. While this pipeline was
proposed in 1976, and Congress authorized up to $18 billion in loan guarantees for this project in
2004, there has been no progress in building this critical energy infrastructure under the Bush
Administration. The planned pipeline would have a daily capacity of 4 billion cubic feet of natural
gas, or almost 7 percent of current U.S. consumption. Not only is this pipeline critical to our energy
security, it will create thousands of new jobs.
• Getting More from our Existing Oil Fields. Nationally, experts believe that up to 85 billion barrels
of technically recoverable oil remains stranded in existing fields. Enhanced oil recovery (EOR)
using carbon dioxide offers an immediate? to medium?term opportunity to produce more oil from
existing fields. And in the EOR process, large quantities of CO2 can be sequestered underground,
reducing global warming pollution. Under an Obama Administration, we will pass a carbon capand?
trade?bill, which will incentivize emitters to send their CO2 to old oil fields for EOR, thereby
providing economic benefits while also stimulating additional domestic oil and gas production. To
speed that process, we will map all stationary CO2 sources and develop a database to help
industry calculate the most cost?effective oil field destination for each source's CO2.
There are no silver bullet solutions to our energy crises. Our economy, security and environment will be
best served through a sustained effort to diversify our energy sources. Barack Obama and Joe Biden will:
• Require 10 Percent of Electricity to Come from Renewable Sources by 2012. Barack Obama and
Joe Biden will establish a 10 percent federal Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) to require that
10 percent of electricity consumed in the U.S. is derived from clean, sustainable energy sources,
like solar, wind and geothermal by 2012. Many states are already well on their way to achieving
statewide goals and it’s time for the federal government to provide leadership for the entire
country to support these new industries. This national requirement will spur significant private
sector investment in renewable sources of energy and create thousands of new American jobs,
especially in rural areas. And Barack Obama and Joe Biden will also extend the federal Production
Tax Credit (PTC) for 5 years to encourage the production of renewable energy.
• Develop and Deploy Clean Coal Technology. Carbon capture and storage technologies hold
enormous potential to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions as we power our economy with
domestically produced and secure energy. As a U.S. Senator, Obama has worked tirelessly to
ensure that clean coal technology becomes commercialized. An Obama administration will
provide incentives to accelerate private sector investment in commercial scale zero?carbon coal
facilities. In order to maximize the speed with which we advance this critical technology, Barack
Obama and Joe Biden will instruct DOE to enter into public private partnerships to develop 5
“first?of?a?kind” commercial scale coal?fired plants with carbon capture and sequestration.
• Safe and Secure Nuclear Energy. Nuclear power represents more than 70 percent of our noncarbon
generated electricity. It is unlikely that we can meet our aggressive climate goals if we
eliminate nuclear power as an option. However, before an expansion of nuclear power is
considered, key issues must be addressed including: security of nuclear fuel and waste, waste
storage, and proliferation. Barack Obama introduced legislation in the U.S. Senate to establish
guidelines for tracking, controlling and accounting for spent fuel at nuclear power plants. To
prevent international nuclear material from falling into terrorist hands abroad, Obama worked
closely with Sen. Dick Lugar (R?IN) to strengthen international efforts to identify and stop the
smuggling of weapons of mass destruction. As president, Obama will make safeguarding nuclear
material both abroad and in the U.S. a top anti?terrorism priority. In terms of waste storage,
Barack Obama and Joe Biden do not believe that Yucca Mountain is a suitable site. They will lead
federal efforts to look for safe, long?term disposal solutions based on objective, scientific analysis.
In the meantime, they will develop requirements to ensure that the waste stored at current
reactor sites is contained using the most advanced dry?cask storage technology available.
According to the United Nations, America is only the 22nd most energy efficient country among the major
economies in the world, which means we spend more on energy than we need to because our lifestyle
and our built environment are wasting too much excess energy. Since 1973, the average amount of
electricity each of us uses has tripled. We can do better. An Obama administration will strive to make
America the most energy efficient country in the world.
• Deploy the Cheapest, Cleanest, Fastest Energy SourceEnergy Efficiency. The Department of
Energy (DOE) projects that demand for electricity will increase by 1.1 percent per year over the
next few decades. Cutting this demand growth through efficiency is both possible and
economically sound. Barack Obama will set an aggressive energy efficiency goal—to reduce
electricity demand 15 percent from DOE’s projected levels by 2020. Implementing this program
will save consumers a total of $130 billion, reduce carbon dioxide emissions by more than 5 billion
tons through 2030, and create jobs. A portion of this goal would be met by setting annual demand
reduction targets that utilities would need to meet. The rest would come from more stringent
building and appliance standards.
• Set National Building Efficiency Goals. Barack Obama and Joe Biden will establish a goal of
making all new buildings carbon neutral, or produce zero emissions, by 2030. They will also
establish a national goal of improving new building efficiency by 50 percent and existing building
efficiency by 25 percent over the next decade to help us meet the 2030 goal.
• Overhaul Federal Efficiency Standards. The current Department of Energy has missed 34
deadlines for setting updated appliance efficiency standards, which has cost American consumers
millions of dollars in unrealized energy savings. Barack Obama and Joe Biden will overhaul this
process for appliances and provide more resources to his Department of Energy so it implements
regular updates for efficiency standards. They will also work with Congress to ensure that it
continues to play a key role in improving our national efficiency codes.
• Reduce Federal Energy Consumption. Currently, the federal government is the world’s largest
single consumer of energy in the world, spending approximately $14.5 billion on energy
consumption in FY 2008. Barack Obama and Joe Biden believe in the importance of leading by
example. They will make the federal government a leader in the green building market, achieving
a 40 percent increase in efficiency in all new federal buildings within five years and ensuring that
all new federal buildings are zero?emissions by 2025. They will invest in cost?effective retrofits to
achieve a 25 percent increase in efficiency of existing federal buildings within 5 years. The Obama?
Biden plan will put forward the resources necessary to achieve a 15 percent reduction in federal
energy consumption by 2015.
• Flip Incentives to Energy Utilities. An Obama administration will “flip” incentives to utility
companies by: requiring states to conduct proceedings to implement incentive changes and
offering them targeted technical assistance. These measures will benefit utilities for improving
energy efficiency, rather than just from supporting higher energy consumption. This “regulatory
equity” starts with the decoupling of profits from increased energy usage, which will incentivize
utilities to partner with consumers and the federal and state governments to reduce monthly
energy bills for families and businesses. The federal government under an Obama administration
will play an important and positive role in flipping the profit model for the utility sector so that
shareholder profit is based on reliability and performance as opposed to total production.
• Invest in a Smart Grid. Achieving these aggressive energy efficiency goals will require significant
innovation in the way we transmit electricity and monitor its use. Barack Obama and Joe Biden
will pursue a major investment in our national utility grid using smart metering, distributed
storage and other advanced technologies to accommodate 21st century energy requirements:
greatly improved electric grid reliability and security, a tremendous increase in renewable
generation and greater customer choice and energy affordability. They will establish a Grid
Modernization Commission to facilitate adoption of Smart Grid practices across the nation's
electricity grid to the point of general adoption and ongoing market support in the U.S. electric
sector. They will instruct the Secretary of Energy to: (1) establish a Smart Grid Investment
Matching Grant Program to provide reimbursement of one?fourth of qualifying Smart Grid
investments (2) conduct programs to deploy advanced techniques for managing peak load
reductions and energy efficiency savings on customer premises from smart metering, demand
response, distributed generation and electricity storage systems and (3) establish demonstration
projects specifically focused on advanced technologies for power grid sensing, communications,
analysis, and power flow control, including the integration of demand?side resources into grid
• Weatherize One Million Homes Annually. In the struggle with higher energy prices low income
families are suffering the most and receiving the least attention. Across the nation, poor families
this winter will increasingly face the choice between heating and eating as prices for natural gas,
heating oil, propane and electricity skyrocket. To address the immediate challenge this winter, we
must fully fund LIHEAP and ensure that everyone who needs it has access to heating assistance.
Over the longer?term, a significant part of the answer for low income families is home
weatherization. By upgrading a home’s furnace, sealing leaky ducts, fixing windows, and adding
insulation we can cut energy bills by 20 ? 40 percent and the substantial savings accrue with
summer air conditioning as well as winter heating. And by adding energy efficient appliances and
lighting the savings are even greater. While the nation has weatherized about 5.5 million lowincome
homes since 1976, more than 28 million remain eligible. Barack Obama and Joe Biden will
make a national commitment to weatherize at least one million low?income homes each year for
the next decade, which can reduce energy usage across the economy and help moderate energy
prices for all.
• Build More Livable and Sustainable Communities. Over the long term, we know that the
amount of fuel we will use is directly related to our land use decisions and development patterns.
For the last 100 years, our communities have been organized around the principle of cheap
gasoline. Barack Obama and Joe Biden believe that we must devote substantial resources to
repairing our roads and bridges. They also believe that we must devote significantly more
attention to investments that will make it easier for us to walk, bicycle and access other
transportation alternatives. They are committed to reforming the federal transportation funding
and leveling employer incentives for driving and public transit.
Question: Many policymakers and scientists say energy security and sustainability are major problems facing the United States this century. What policies would you support to meet demand for energy while ensuring an economically and environmentally sustainable future?
Answer: "America's challenges in providing secure, affordable energy while addressing climate change mean that we must make much more efficient use of energy and begin to rely on new energy sources that eliminate or greatly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. My programs focus both on a greatly expanded program of federally funded energy research and development and on policies designed to speed the adoption of innovative energy technologies and stimulate private innovation.
First, I have proposed programs that, taken together, will increase federal investment in the clean energy research, development, and deployment by $150 billion over ten years. This research will cover:
• Basic research to develop alternative fuels and chemicals
• Equipment and designs that can greatly reduce energy use in residential and commercial buildings – both new and existing
• New vehicle technologies capable of significantly reducing our oil consumption
• Advanced energy storage and transmission that would greatly help the economics of new electric-generating technologies and plug-in hybrids
• Technologies for capturing and sequestering greenhouse gases produced by coal plants and
• A new generation of nuclear electric technologies that address cost, safety, waste disposal, and proliferation risks.
I will also work closely with utilities to introduce a digital smart grid that can optimize the overall efficiency of the nation's electric utility system, by managing demand and making effective use of renewable energy and energy storage.
Second, it is essential that we create a strong, predictable market for energy innovations with concrete goals that speed introduction of innovative products and provide a strong incentive for private R&D investment in energy technologies. These concrete goals include:
• Increasing new building efficiency by 50 percent and existing building efficiency by 25 percent over the next decade, and taking other steps that will reduce the energy intensity of our economy 50 percent by 2030
• Increasing fuel economy standards 4 percent per year and providing loan guarantees for domestic auto plants and parts manufacturers to build new fuel- efficient cars domestically
• Extending the Production Tax Credit for five years and creating a federal Renewable Portfolio Standard that will require that 10 percent of American electricity be derived from renewable sources by 2012, and 25 percent by 2025 and
• Ensuring that regulations and incentives in all federal agencies support the national energy and environmental goals in ways that encourage innovation and ingenuity.
I will also encourage communities around the nation to design and build sustainable communities that cut energy use with walkable community designs and expanded investment in mass transit." (Science Debate 2008)
A closer look at Obama’s energy plan - “Obama’s energy plan is much more than a campaign laundry list,” says Bracken Hendricks, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, a think tank chaired by John Podesta, who heads the Obama administration’s transition effort. “It really is a centerpiece of Obama’s economic development strategy for the nation, for energy security and rebuilding our cities and infrastructure." (Christian Science Monitor Nov. 12, 2008)
Obama to push change in a changing energy landscape - Among Obama's collection of proposals are $15 billion a year to "accelerate the commercialization" of renewables (not a breathtaking sum) and targeted tax incentives to hasten adoption. Add to that a sizable infrastructure program, seen as an economic stimulus and jobs engine. (Los Angeles Tiles Nov. 6, 2008)
Doerr: Obama’s tech focus and how tech companies can ride the storm - Venture Capitalist John Doerr, appearing at the Web 2.0 Summit, said that there are thing that the incoming Obama administration can do to help the tech industry, starting with a focus on energy, basic research and higher education - the recipe that started the Internet. (ZDNet Nov. 5, 2008)
Obama's Biggest Science Challenges: You Tell Us - Researchers in every field will ask for fresh funding. And in the capitol, a culture of cherry-picking science to fit political agendas needs to be transformed. (Wired Nov. 5, 2008)
Science Debate 2008 - Science Debate 2008 worked with Scientists and Engineers for America, the AAAS, the National Academies, the Council on Competitiveness, and the other organizations listed to craft the top 14 questions the candidates should answer. (Science Debate Sept. 2008)
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