Tuesday, 21 October 2008

McCain v Obama on Energy Policy

A New Scientist special report comparing the energy policies of the Republican and Democrat presidential candidates, reveals significant differences.

Both candidates speak of a greater commitment to cleaner energy, which is not surprising given the Bush intransigence. But the McCain plans go for 45 new nuclear power stations by 2030 and a nuclear waste site in Nevada. His running mate Sarah Palin supports drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Obama is promising a massive expansion of solar, wind and geothermal electricity.

I hope that the new administration will give an urgent, clear US lead and commitment on global emissions targets.

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