Both McCain, Obama encourage use of renewable fuels

Posted on October 24, 2008. Filed under: Energy Policy, General |


From a story by Jason Stein in the Wisconsin State Journal:

Michael Vickerman sees a strong reason why Wisconsin residents ought to want alternatives to fuels like oil, coal and natural gas.

Every dollar spent on those traditional fuels leaves the state, said Vickerman, executive director of the clean energy group Renew Wisconsin in Madison. By switching to abundant local sources like wind and solar energy or products such as papermaking waste, manure, grasses and grains, that money could stay here, he said.

“We’ve built up a system that’s fed from outside Wisconsin, not from within,” he said. With renewables, “we’d have more control over our energy and economic destiny.”

Presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain both say they want to help the economy and guard against climate change by encouraging the use of more renewables as well as finding more domestic sources and cleaner uses of traditional fuels. But falling oil and natural gas prices in recent weeks could add to that challenge by making it more difficult for alternatives to compete economically.

McCain supports an “all of the above” energy policy that emphasizes more renewables along with building 45 nuclear plants nationwide by 2030 and investing $2 billion a year in clean coal technology. He opposed a federal ban on offshore oil drilling that recently expired.

Obama wants to invest $150 billion over 10 years in renewables, clean coal and other green alternatives, a strategy he said would lead to the creation of millions of jobs. He said he’s open to nuclear energy as well as allowing offshore oil drilling as part of a comprehensive energy package.

The candidates’ stances could make a difference in Wisconsin’s economy and environment.

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