2012 election

Energy Policy Post-Election: A Chance to “Get Over It”

November 26, 2012 by Joel Brown

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For the next two months the urgent need for our governing bodies to deal with the upcoming “fiscal cliff” will overshadow almost all energy issues.  There are some easily achievable goals such as approval of at least the lower portion of the Keystone Pipeline. That may actually have a positive economic impact to the extent it begins...[read more]

Voters Didn’t Buy TV Attack Ads From Fossil Fuel Interests

November 15, 2012 by Joseph Romm

In four of the swing states President Obama swept, voters said energy was one of their top considerations in casting their ballot. These states saw heavy outside spending in presidential and Senate races, particularly on energy issues. In many cases, voters didn't believe myths promoted in polluter-funded ads.[read more]

Hoping for Change: A Post-Election Action Plan for Addressing Climate

November 9, 2012 by Craig Severance

With the devastation of Superstorm Sandy still in the daily news, the re-elected U.S. President now has an opening to address our most serious threat. He must finally lead Americans to face the truth that extreme climate disruption is already underway – caused by our excessive use of coal, oil and natural gas. The $50 Billion toll and dozens of lives lost from one storm will only be the beginning if this problem is not addressed.[read more]

Obama's Re-election: A Mandate for Clean Energy?

November 7, 2012 by Arno Harris

With President Obama’s victory tonight, the renewable energy industry keeps an important ally in the White House. The win comes at a time when energy is rising in national importance. Given the extent to which the opposition made renewable energy an issue, I think the President’s win gives him a mandate to make clean energy a key part of the agenda for his second term.[read more]

To Beat Climate Change, Must Obama Win?

November 6, 2012 by David Thorpe

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Here's the logic of this post:The latest science says we're heading for over 6 degrees C warming. Romney will do nothing but make this worse Obama must winThen go to Doha and help broker a global pact on limiting emissions. Following Hurricane Sandy, and more bad news on climate change today , there has never been so much at...[read more]

US Natural Gas Prices and the Election

November 5, 2012 by Geoffrey Styles

Every fall my natural gas utility asks if I'd like to lock in my gas price for the next 12 months.  In some respects the timing for this looks ideal.  Commodity natural gas prices haven't been lower than this year's average since 1999.  Gas is also historically cheap relative to other fuels.  Heating oil...[read more]

The Proper Role of Government in Energy

November 5, 2012 by Neal Dikeman

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Since the election was heavily focused on the appropriate scope of government, I have spent a little time lately reflecting upon the proper role of government in the energy sector. I prefer to keep this discussion at a high-level, articulating basic principles that offer suggestions to guide elected officials and bureaucrats on how energy policies and regulations should be set.[read more]


What are the Final Obama and Romney Energy Plan Changes?

October 29, 2012 by John Miller

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Our presidential candidates have completed their debates on the economy, foreign policy and energy. Now that we are about a week away from the election, what final changes have President Obama and Governor Romney made in their ‘energy plans’ to address our Country’s concerns following the debates?[read more]

An Abdication of Leadership: Climate Change Absent on the National Political Stage

October 25, 2012 by Tom Schueneman

Despite weeks of cajoling and  demands to insert climate into the discussion during the presidential debates, the final debate ended on Monday with climate clearly absent for the 1st time in 24 years.“Climate change threatens us: the candidates silence threatens to seal our fate,” said Brad Johnson, campaign manager of Climate...[read more]

Impacts of the Upcoming Election on Energy Efficiency

October 23, 2012 by Steve Nadel

With the election approaching and the parameters of the race becoming clearer, I thought now is a good time to reflect on the implications of this election for energy efficiency.Following the election, control in Washington is likely to be split—neither party is likely to have a free hand. As of this writing, the New York Times’...[read more]

Energy Debate Scorecard: Gasoline Prices...What the Candidates Should Have Said

October 18, 2012 by Amy Myers Jaffe

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Surprisingly, gasoline prices were front and center in last night’s Presidential debate –surprisingly, because gasoline prices would seem to be one of those issues that are largely out of a President’s hand. The single largest variable that influences gasoline prices is the price of crude oil and it is hard for the United States to influence the global oil market, especially right now given the extensive instability in the Middle East.[read more]

Three Clean Energy Innovation Policy Debate Questions for the Presidential Debates

October 2, 2012 by Matthew Stepp

Climate change has been M.I.A. in the presidential campaign. So in an effort to advance climate policy as a campaign priority, Daniel Weiss at the Center for American Progress Action Fund offers three potential climate policy questions for the debates. However, we want to move the debate much further than he does, so we came up with our own set of questions.[read more]

Candidates & Energy 2012: Obama

September 28, 2012 by Geoffrey Styles

It's curious that energy hasn't been as big an issue in this year's presidential campaign as it was in 2008, the year of "Drill, baby, drill."  The price of unleaded regular gasoline has averaged roughly a dime per gallon higher through September than either last year or the same period in 2008, when prices peaked at $4.11...[read more]


Romney and the Republicans aren't ignoring climate change (technically)

September 5, 2012 by David Lewis

Romney set them up with his version of a line in Obama's St. Paul 2008 Nomination Victory speech where Obama declared that the Democratic Party believed climate change is serious. The Republican delegates were proud to be seen laughing and celebrating their conviction that their Democratic Party opponents, Democratic Party supporters, and anyone else who takes climate change seriously are fools.[read more]

What’s Missing in the Romney Energy Plan?

August 27, 2012 by Gary L. Hunt

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“An affordable, reliable supply of energy is crucial to America’s economic future. I have a vision for an America that is an energy superpower, rapidly increasing our own production and partnering with our allies Canada and Mexico to achieve energy independence on this continent. If I am elected president, that vision will become a...[read more]