UPDATED: Energy Policy: Obama versus Romney


In case you’re wondering how the presidential candidates differ in their energy policies…


  • Will approve the Keystone Pipeline on his first day in office.
  • Strip EPA of authority to regulate carbon dioxide.
  • Strip DOI of authority over federal lands and give authority to states.
  • Kill wind energy by eliminating the production tax credit.
  • Keep all incentives and tax breaks for oil & gas industry to the tune of $4 billion/year.
  • Stick with federal ethanol mandate.
  • Drill all federal lands and water, both coasts and even the Arctic National Refuge.
  • Opposes fuel efficiency standards.
  • Neuter the EPA.
  • Let states regulate fracking


  • Raise fuel efficiency standards.
  • EPA maintains authority to regulate carbon dioxide.
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Maintain incentives for wind & solar which have doubled during his administration.
  • Eliminate $4 billion incentives and tax breaks for oil & gas.
  • Maintain drilling moratorium on Pacific and most of Atlantic Coasts & DOI keeps leasing authority.
  • Allow State Department to decide if Keystone XL is in nation’s best interest.
  • Seeks federal safety standards for fracking.

Source: Washington Post

UPDATE: From the townhall presidential debate:

Romney: pledged to expand offshore drilling, reject investments in clean energy, and proudly proclaimed, “I will fight for oil, coal, and natural gas.”

President Obama said solar and wind are “the energy sources of the future.”

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  1. shakylady says

    Thank you for taking the time to do this, Sharon!!! Hopefully, those drinking the R & R punch will come to their senses, do the courageous thing, and admit that the facts show that Obama/Biden is a better option than Romney/Ryan.

  2. GhostBlogger says

    Romney was way off in his comments about only 50% of green tech being winners:


    Note that Tesla will repay it’s DOE loans early. Solyndra was held up as an example of loosing, but this crossed the wires today:


    Remember that AST & Kaypro were once big in the PC market, but are long gone now. So never buy stock in PC companies, just because those 2 went under?

    Then Ryan has been big on the grossly inflated 20,000+ jobs from Keystone XL. The southern part of that is being built, & I’m not hearing of 10,000 new jobs from it. Take a look at other large pipeline projects, & the KXL figures are way too high.

    • dick says

      He doesn’t need to know what clean coal means. All he needs to know is how many millions the coal industry gives him.

  3. Melissa says

    Thank you for putting this together. I needed this to be in one place to share with someone in my life drinking the KoolAide.

  4. Tad Ghost Hole says

    Really? We’re gonna defend Obama’s environmental record? Wow. The administration that reopened deep water drilling in the gulf even after the lessons of the BP well blowout. Steven Chu really cared enough to give the thumbs up on fracking without any kind of study of it. The EPA is allowing it to continue unabated in order to collect data for the experiments we are being subjected to. Cut carbon emissions? Just not methane I guess… HAHAHA allow the State department to decide if Keystone XL is in our best interest. Fuel for our foreign policy conflagration. President Obama betrayed nearly all of the promises of candidate Obama. Why even list his position on anything?
    See yall in Guantanamo Bay!!! You know that little torture center that Obama issued an executive order to close on his first day of office? Oh wait, its still open cause he never intended to close it or stop illegally detaining Americans. And thanks to the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 Obama (&Romney) can kill you for belligerent acts. Belligerent acts like free speech and opposing the status quo.

    • Anonymous says

      How true, HOW TRUE! With the new NDAA of 2012 signed by Obamo, you and I and all citizens better be scared, I mean really scared! Civil rights are gone down the toilet! You better stay home, avoid meetings of all kinds, be scared. Cops are all militarized and on the hunt!

  5. Anonymous says

    If you were watching the VP debate, isn’t it ironic that Paul Ryan mentions ‘energy independence’ (the oxy moron of them wanting to export it) and the fact that he mentioned that Scraton, PA has a 10% unemployment rate. Where are all those jobs in PA since they are in the middle of the boom and they’ve been fracking the ………… out of the state since 2008. A vote for the Romney/Ryan ticket is a vote for a dictatorship under the Koch Brothers. You need to see the movie Koch Brothers exposed. Hey you repubs out there, how does it feel to have all your decisions made by 2 men. How about thinking for yourselves for a change.

  6. Edmund says

    aw, com’on, Sharon. in the last debate, both candidates were tripping over themselves in the effort to say how much drilling they would authorize on public lands. they’ve found Obama’s price. let’s not gild the lily.

    p.s. your site is dynamite!