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Directory:Barack Obama's Stance and Policies on Renewable Energy

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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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Official Websites

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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The Plan


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.

Tackle Climate Change

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.

Invest in Our Secure Energy Future and Create 5 Million New Jobs

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

educational programs.

• 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.

Make our Cars, Trucks and SUV’s Fuel Efficient

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

by 2012

• 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.

Promote the Supply of Domestic Energy

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

develop them.

• 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

security purposes.

• 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.

Diversify Our Energy Sources

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.

Commitment to Efficiency to Reduce Energy Use and Lower Costs

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.

Science Debate 2008


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)

In the News

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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