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Barack Obama, President of the United States

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Mr Obama's stated positions:

  • Greenhouse emissions:  Supports cap and trade system to cut CO2 emissions to 80% below 1990 levels by 2050
  • Fuel Efficiency:  Supports raising standards to 52 mpg by 2026
  • Renewable Energy:  Wants this to generate 25% of US electricity by 2025
  • Biofuels:  Wants at least 60 billion gallons in supply by 2030
  • Coal:  Supports coal-to-liquid if they emit 20% less carbon than conventional
  • Nuclear:  Not an optimal choice but should still be utilized
  • Lifetime LCV (League of Conservation Voters) rating:  96
  • Platform & Record In-Depth  
    • Opposes oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.


    • Believes nuclear power should continue to be a part of the U.S.'s energy mix.


    • Opposes the storage of nuclear waste at the Yucca Mountain repository being built in southern Nevada.


    • Promises to restore environmental protections that the Bush administration rolled back by executive order.


    • Supports country-of-origin labels for food and has also voiced support for labeling genetically modified foods.


    • Cosponsor of the Boxer-Sanders Global Warming Pollution Reduction Act, the most stringent climate bill in the Senate.


    • Opposes the House-passed bill that would reform the 1872 Mining Law. That law lets companies mine public lands without paying royalties and doesn't hold them responsible for mine cleanup. Obama said, "The legislation that has been proposed places a significant burden on the mining industry and could have a significant impact on jobs [in rural Nevada] given the difficulties the industry is already facing in maintaining its operations."


    • Says his religious faith inspires him to protect the environment.


    • Wants to increase funding to help farmers transition to organic and reform the USDA crop insurance program so it doesn't penalize organic farmers.


    • Calls for tougher pollution regulations on factory farms or concentrated animal-feeding operations (CAFOs).


    • When asked what he would do as president to address water and land issues in the U.S. West, Obama said he would prepare for water shortages in a climate-changed future, clean up abandoned mines, develop renewable energy, and employ a more balanced approach than the Bush administration to traditional energy development.


    • Has accepted $159,800 in contributions from executives and employees of Exelon, the nation's largest nuclear power-plant operator, for his presidential campaign as of late March 2007, and received notable support from Exelon in his previous political campaigns.


    • Primary cosponsor of the Lead Poisoning Reduction Act, which aims to protect children from toxic lead poisoning.


    • Primary cosponsor of the bipartisan Fuel Economy Reform Act, which would raise vehicle fuel-efficiency standards by 4 percent, or approximately one mile per gallon, each year. The measure includes tax incentives to help automakers retool their factories toward the goal. The bill also includes a provision that would let the Department of Transportation revise the annual targets if it determined that the planned increases were not safe, cost-effective, or technologically possible.


    • Calls for a National Low Carbon Fuel Standard, which would require that all transportation fuels sold in the U.S. have a 5 percent lower carbon intensity by 2015 and 10 percent lower by 2020. The legislation could spur the production of biofuels such as ethanol and biodiesel since one way to lower the carbon intensity of petroleum-based fuels is to add a proportion of biofuels. The proposal is modeled after a similar standard that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger implemented in California in January 2007.


    • Introduced the Oil SENSE Act (clever acronym alert! SENSE = Subsidy Elimination for New Strategies on Energy). The bill would eliminate select oil-industry tax breaks and require that oil companies renegotiate flawed Gulf of Mexico drilling leases that have let companies avoid paying billions in royalties to the federal treasury.


    • Cosponsor in 2005 of the Vehicle and Fuel Choices for American Security Act, which called for cutting America's oil consumption by 2.5 million barrels a day within a decade, and 10 million barrels a day by 2031. In 2005, U.S. consumption was 20 million barrels a day.


    • Introduced the 2005 FILL UP Act (clever acronym alert! FILL UP = Future Investment to Lessen Long-term Use of Petroleum). The bill would have required oil companies that made at least $1 billion in profits in the first quarter of 2006 to invest at least 1 percent of those profits in installing pumps for E85 and other alternative fuels at U.S. gas stations.


    • Has sponsored or cosponsored a mind-numbing array of bills to promote ethanol and other biofuels. The bills' many overlapping provisions include offering tax credits and other incentives for biofuel production, E85 infrastructure, and flex-fuel and alt-fuel vehicles; mandating that certain amounts of biofuels or other alternative fuels be added to the nation's vehicle fuel supply; requiring federal agencies to purchase alt-fuel vehicles and use ethanol blends when possible; and requiring all new cars sold in the U.S. to be dual-fuel capable.


    • Worked to get the nation's first zero-emissions coal power plant, FutureGen, built in Illinois. In December, the feds announced that it would be built in the state, but on Jan. 29 they said funding was being pulled from the project entirely.


    • Voted in favor of the 2005 Energy Policy Act, a sweeping, oil-friendly energy bill opposed by enviros; Obama cited the bill's support for ethanol and "clean coal" technology. The act passed and Bush signed it into law in August 2005.


    • Successfully inserted language into the 2005 Energy Policy Act that steered $40 million toward the goal of bringing a combined flexible-fuel and hybrid car to commercial distribution within five years.
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Springfield, IL
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Average: 6.96 (26 votes)

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