Obama Energy Plan

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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...
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