The environment has, thankfully, become one of the leading issues for the candidates in the US presidential race.
The Wall Street Journal has put together a brilliant piece looking at the two major presidential candidates’ views on the environment and the climate versus cost debate. Greenbang is pleased to note that neither appear to be Bush-esque and look things look positive.
In the piece, McCain’s and Obama’s energy policy advisers outline what the environment can expect over the next four years. Here are the highlights:
John McCarrick (McCain) says:
- The United States will become a leader in dealing with the global warming crisis
- The senator knows this will take more than just four years
- A $5,000 tax incentive for zero-emissions vehicles will be created
- A $300 million prize to advance battery technology for vehicles, and promoting the use of hybrids and flex-fuel vehicles will also be made
Heather Zichal (Obama) says:
- $150 billion will be invested over the next ten years in clean energy technologies
- The aim is to reduce the US dependence on oil, bring energy costs down and help solve the climate crisis.
- Assistance will also be made to lower energy costs – a tax credit of $500 per person or $1,000 per working family.