As we type this, the Vice Presidential candidates Sarah Palin and Joe Biden have finished their first debate. As you all know our country is an economic crisis as well as an environmental one. But do you know where each candidate stands on environmental and energy policies? We at Autonomie recognize how important environmental issues as well as a sustainable energy plan is to all of you…as much as it is to us. That is why tonight we would like to lay out the two Vice Presidential candidates views on both energy and the environment. We encourage you to take the time to weigh the ideas of both candidates before making a decision in November.
We want to make note that here at Autonomie Project we are not endorsing a particular candidate but will be voting with the ticket that best meets our values as individuals and as a company.
John Mccain’s VP Candidate: Sarah Palin
- Palin is a known supporter of Bush’s plan to drill for oil in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge which has been a protected reserve since the 1950’s. She is also a staunch supporter of off-shore drilling. In fact, she actually disagrees with Senator McCain’s view on this matter.
- The Bush administration added the Polar Bear to the endangered species list and Palin, who is an avid hunter, sued the federal government.
- As far as Global Warming goes, Palin is on record telling the Newsmax.com: “A changing environment will affect Alaska more than any other state, because of our location. I’m not one though who would attribute it to being man-made.”
- She publicly opposed a Proposition in Alaska that would have protected the Bristol Bay as well as drinking water from mining run-offs.
- Palin has taken on Big Oil companies in Alaska including adjusting a Petroleum Profits Tax that eliminated tax loopholes, however she does support fossil fuel drilling on domestic lands.
Barack Obama’s VP Candidate: Joe Biden
- Biden co-sponsered the Boxer-Sanders Global Warming Pollution Reduction Act, requiring the US to reduce green house gases to 1990 levels by 2020 and to 80% lower by 2050.
- Biden also co-sponsored the Senate of the Senate Resolution, calling for the US to be involved in a post-Kyoto world policy on energy policy and climate.
- He has stated that he encourages 20 percent of the electricity of the US to come from renewable energy, and also supports increasing bio diesel and ethanol production by 10 billion gallons of renewable fuel a year by 2010 and 60 billion gallons a year by 2030. He believes that they are not the absolute answer, but the first step in ending oil dependence.
- He has stated, “The scientific evidence is clear: We need to take significant steps toward worldwide reduction of greenhouse gases to avoid permanently altering our climate.”
- Biden has introduced legislation to the Senate to fund research for better lithium-ion batteries for hybrid vehicles.
- As far as offshore drilling goes, Biden opposes it and believes that it will take too much time (at least 10 years) to have an effect on current gas prices and that it is best to start investing in alternative fuel solutions.
So there you have it, a quick run down of some of the environmental policies of both the Vice Presidential candidates. Now it’s your turn, make a choice, and please remember to vote!!