Politics of Environmental Issues paper Shannon Mulrooney Rutgers, the State University Barack Obama is the Democratic Presidential Candidate, and he feels that there needs to be a change in the energy policy. His energy plan includes renewable energies including solar power, wind power and biofuels. “The Democratic Party is committed to keeping our nation safe and expanding opportunity for every American.That commitment is reflected in an agenda that emphasizes the strong economic growth, affordable health care for all Americans, retirement security, open, honest and accountable government, and securing our nation while protecting our civil rights and liberties” (http://www.
democrats. org/a/party/stand. html, 2008:1).
“The Democratic party has a long and proud history of representing and protecting the interests of working Americans and guaranteeing personal liberties for all” (http://www. democrats. org/a/party/stand. html, 2008:1). The Democratic slogan ‘Jobs, baby, jobs’ reflect how Barack Obama would approach the nation’s energy policy” (Spear, Kevin, 2008: 1). President Candidate Barack Obama says “Federal government should push for renewable sources” (Obama, McCain agree on some points in different energy plans, 2008: 1). He believes that the renewable energies are limitless and he wants us to become less dependent on oil (Obama, Barack, 2008:1).
“But I’m not running for President to do what polls well, I’m running to do what’s right for America” (Obama, Barack, 2008:1). Obama supports a federal renewable energy standard, which would mandate getting 25 percent of U. S.
electricity from renewables by 2025. To help meet this mandate, Obama proposes investing $150 billion over 10 years in renewables, advanced biofuels, efficiency and other clean technology. He proposes federal tax incentives and other inducements to help develop advanced biofuels” (Obama, McCain agree on some points in different energy plans, 2008: 1). His speech readdresses his energy plan. His speech was given in Las Vegas, Nevada on June 24, 2008 addressing: A Serious Energy Policy for Our Future.His response was, “I will invest $150 billion over the next ten years in alternative sources of energy like wind power, and solar power, and advanced biofuels – investments that will create up to five million new jobs that pay well and can’t be outsourced; that will create billions of dollars in new business like you’re already doing here in Nevada. And before we hand over more of our land and our coastline to oil companies, I will charge those companies a fee for every acre that they currently lease but don’t drill on.
If that compels them to drill, we’ll get more oil.If it doesn’t, the fees will go toward more investment in renewable sources of energy” (Obama, Barack, 2008:2). Barack Obama plans on increasing Americans dependence on solar instead of foreign oil, which in turn in going to provide more jobs for people. T. Boone Pickens created the “Picken’s Plan” and he feels that “it’s the only plan to help American to get off the addiction of foreign oil” (Pickens: My Energy Plan is the Only Plan, 2008:1).
The Picken’s plan is a plan to help reduce the dependence on oil and “build new wind generation facilities and better utilizing our natural gas resources” (http://www. ickensplan. com/theplan/, 2008:3). To make his plan work he recommends, “replacing the natural gas that’s now used to generate 22 percent of the nation’s electricity with a new source of power: wind power, created by thousands of wind farms that would need to be built” (Pickens: My Energy Plan is the Only Plan, 2008:1). His goal was to make this the biggest issue in the coming election and the top priority to be addressed in the first hundred days of the next administration. This issue is clearly moving up in the priority of political debate; Senator Obama’s statement is an indication that is what is indeed happening.I will continue to push this as a priority for the rest of the year” (Pickens: My Energy Plan is the Only Plan, 2008:1). Barack Obama and T.
Boone Pickens share their similarities and there differences. T. Boone Pickens is encouraged by this statement Barack Obama made during is America’s energy future, “Foreign oil is killing our economy and putting our nation at risk” (Pickens: My Energy Plan is the Only Plan, 2008:1). They both agree that Americans depending on foreign oil is a dangerous and urgent threat (Pickens: My Energy Plan is the Only Plan, 2008:1) and (Obama, Barack, 2008:2).Depending on foreign oils isn’t always good especially when you can supplement it with a newer and cheaper energy source.
Barack Obama wants to push for renewable sources including wind, solar and biofuels, where as, T. Boone Pickens seems to only be interested in wind power. Barack Obama €is willing to consider drilling and nuclear options, however, “his long-term solution to our energy problems revolves around building a new energy infrastructure using wind, solar, tidal and geothermal energy sources” (Hull, Diane, 2008: 1).
He thinks we should stop relying on foreign oils and depend more on the renewable resources we can create and manage at cheaper costs in the United States. By doing this, we will create new jobs and in turn save money.References 2008.
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