Gas prices and energy independence are some pretty common words being tossed around during this year’s Presidential Campaign. And it’s certainly a topic that has come to the forefront in many American family’s lives this year as fuel prices rose to their highest levels ever. Here we take a quick look at where Barack Obama stands on alternative fuel and energy efficient transportation issues.
Barack Obama’s voting history: He has a strong environmental voting record and has consistently supported a pro-environment and renewable energy future for America, and even earned a 100 percent “Environmental Voting Record Award” from the Illinois Environmental Council in 2003.
Here are the highlights to help you make the most of the vote that you’ll cast on November 4, 2008:
- Would offer $7,000 tax credit to hybrid car buyers with a goal to have 1 million plug-in hybrids (cars with fuel economy up to 150 mpg) on the road by 2015
- Supports providing every American with a $500 tax rebate ($1,000 for married couples) to help pay for higher energy bills
- Opposes lifting the offshore drilling moratorium (instead investing in cleaner and more energy efficient solutions)
- Opposes the promotion of nuclear energy until there’s safe storage for spent fuel
- Supports raising fuel economy standards by 4 percent per year—a plan that will save billions of gallons of gasoline and greenhouse gases—with a bigger goal of doubling the fuel efficiency of cars in 18 years
- Will implement a cap-and-trade program that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050
- Cellulosic ethanol, biobutanol and other varieties of the next generation of alt fuels will be supported via federal resources, tax incentives and infrastructure, with the goal of 60 billion gallons being incorporated into the national supply by 2030
- Will establish the National Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS): this would increase the rate of low-carbon non-petroleum fuel introduction into the mainstream
- Would invest $150 billion in new alternative energy technologies and renewable fuels, and create 5 million new jobs with a clean energy future
- Mandate that all new vehicles are flex-fuel vehicles
- Within one year of becoming President, the entire White House fleet will be converted to plug-in electrics (as security permits)
- Half of all cars purchased by the federal government will be plug-in hybrids or all-electrics by 2012