election 2012

Push-me/Pull-you: Post-Election Energy Policies

November 9, 2012 by Geoffrey Styles

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I've seen numerous commentaries on the energy implications of President Obama's narrow, 51%/49%  victory. One of the most intriguing of these, from Reuters, concerned the prospects for exporting a portion of the growing output of natural gas produced from US shale deposits.  This issue doesn't only affect...[read more]

What Obama’s Victory Means for the Earth

November 9, 2012 by Tom Schueneman

We narrowly dodged a bullet in the 2012 presidential election. Americans were presented with the choice between Mitt Romney’s fossil fuel reliant 19th century view of energy and Barack Obama’s cleaner 21st century low carbon vision.Even more significant than the Obama victory is the fact that Romney was denied the world’s most powerful...[read more]

Energy and the Second Term

November 8, 2012 by Mark Green

What to expect on energy in a second Obama term? Reuters has a pair of analyses, here and here, predicting tougher federal regulation of oil and natural gas, new restrictions on natural gas production and use, continued tight access to reserves on federal lands and waters and a renewed push for higher taxes on energy companies. Let’...[read more]

Americans Elect a Leader on Clean Energy, Clean Air and Climate Action

November 7, 2012 by Frances Beinecke

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Energy issues figured prominently in this election. Candidates mentioned it frequently on the stump and it was among the top three topics discussed in campaign ads. Yet despite the dirty ad blitzes and the anti-environmental policy proposals, voters rejected this outdated vision for our country.[read more]

How Do Obama And Romney Stack Up On Science Policy?

November 6, 2012 by Joseph Romm

Economic growth is front and center in this presidential election, but the two candidates haven’t spent much time talking about two of the most important drivers of the economy: science and technology. Science is not only at the root of our increasing prosperity but it is also the best tool we have to understand our own health, our planet, and our future.[read more]

The Facts on U.S. Green Job Growth

October 12, 2012 by Tom Schueneman

Despite Republican subterfuge, the facts clearly show that the Obama administration’s support for green jobs has helped to improve the U.S. employment picture. Green job creation is a central part of a favorable employment trend. According to October data, unemployment has fallen to 7.8 percent, its lowest level in four years....[read more]

Are Energy Politics the Enemy of Good Policy?

October 10, 2012 by Joel Brown

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Now that the election is in full swing it's time to ask - is anything these candidates are promising realistic?[read more]

Election 2012: Romney on Energy

October 5, 2012 by Geoffrey Styles

After last week's review of President Obama's energy record and campaign materials on energy, Governor Romney's energy plans present a sharp contrast. They are based on a fundamentally different view of energy and the economy, relying on markets to allocate capital to the most productive opportunities, rather than on government to guide...[read more]


5 Reasons Why the Romney Energy Plan is Bad for the Economy

October 4, 2012 by Elizabeth Kraus

When we look at Romney’s proposed energy plan, it’s clear the “green” that’s missing is not just about the environment.[read more]