Thursday, August 30, 2012

Where do the presidential candidates stand on energy efficiency?

Thursday, August 30, 2012
We know what often says a political candidate during a campaign is different from what the future incumbent does. We also know that candidates choose their words carefully, to give room for changes in the exchange rate.

So we listen for references and details when candidates via our special interest talk. What kind of skills they use language? Are they really against X, Y and Z, or only in specific circumstances?

The following are some quotes on the subject of energy efficiency of President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney. I will start with Romney as his State of less clear, at least for me. Romney pushing a green agenda for the Governor of Massachusetts, but recently attacked renewable energy as "Imaginary." He does not appear however to draw the same criticism of energy efficiency.

Romney to improve the energy efficiency

"I would like to see us more energy-efficient." I was told that we use almost twice as much energy per person, such as a European and much more as three time as much as Japanese citizens. We could do much better. I would like to see our cars and our homes and our systems of insulation, etc become far more efficient. "I think, we have a role in trying to promote that happen". – My progress, June 6, 2011

When he was Governor of Massachusetts, Romney struck a four steps-energy plan, which started with the energy efficiency for homes, businesses, government buildings and vehicles.

On the other hand, Romney pushes an agenda of energy production, no savings on its website to the campaign. He criticized Obama which calls for green energy programs and alternative energy funding to apply on basic research. Energy efficiency or conservation does not mention the energy issues page.

Obama to improve the energy efficiency

"The easiest way to money is to save, to waste less energy" - Obama, January 24, 2012, State of the Union.

Obama was unabashedly pro-energy efficiency. As I reported, Obama won the budget 2013 awards from energy-efficiency advocates, because in February it about $1.20 billion expenditure on energy efficiency called for.

In addition, Obama is the blueprint for a secure energy future energy efficiency in all sectors: buildings, houses, factories, vehicles and calls for export by U.S. energy efficiency technologies.

Still, in the section "Energy and environment" his campaign Web site power generation takes the largest part of the ink - wind, solar, oil and clean coal - as part of his "all of the above mentioned strategy." The site includes a section on fuel economy standards, the Obama with the car manufacturers negotiated.

In Congress, Republicans and Democrats both have pushed efficiency energy legislation. It remains to be seen whether the resource can remain free of the political struggle in this election where candidates seem determined to oppose everything. If you have found more quotes from the candidates on energy efficiency, you can it in the comments here. Let us see what is being said.

ELISA is a long-time energy writer. Subscribe its free energy efficiency markets newsletter on

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