Thursday, February 07, 2008

It's finally going to happen: US cap and trade.

So, the madmen over at the Herritage Foundation (Orwelian language warning) are getting worried. Mitt Romney, the republican presidential candidate in second place for the nominations, has just stepped down leaving John McCain as a clear front runner.

"Possibly the scariest outcome from Super Tuesday is that the top three candidates to become president all support a cap-and-trade approach to global warming. Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) and Barack Obama (D-Ill.) are all smart and capable leaders, but they also have been completely engrossed in White House politics for more than a year. Hopefully when they have the time to examine recent evidence they will reject their current proposals, which include costly carbon limits that will harm our economy without positively affecting the climate at all."
I am personally supporting Barack Obama as Kucinich and Gravel who would have been prefereable have dropped out. That said, of the two highly monied Democratic candidates currently in the running, policies are very close indeed, perhaps the real judgement is which of them will be best able to deal with republicans and make a real difference. Both singed up
to StepItUp and the 80% reduction in carbon emissions from 1990 levels by 2050.
This infact a focus on a long term time horizon that is largely irrelavent. However, both
have clear goals for increased investment in renewable energy technologies.

The Energy Policies of Leading Candidates for US President:

It is facinating to me that McCain is the leading republican candidate. This happened in part due to two major endorcements, those of Gov. Arnold Scwazenegger in California and Gov. Charlie Crist of Florida. Both of these men have been leaders on climate change, and infact Scwaxenegger's endorcement was given at a solar power factory!

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At 5:48 PM, Blogger Borges said...

And how green, comparatively, are these politicians campaigns?


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