I encourage you to take a look at the issues – and decide which candidate you support.
(If you've already made up your mind -- look at the issues to be better informed!)
First up: Energy Policy:
The two candidates are largely the same, with some differences worth mentioning:
- McCain – No windfall profits tax.
- Obama – a windfall profits tax funding a $1000 per married couple energy rebate.
- McCain - No release of oil from the strategic petroleum reserve - that's for emergencies only.
- Obama - Release oil from the strategic petroleum reserve to help bring down prices.
John McCain (Directly from the John McCain Website)
- Expand Domestic Oil Exploration. Promote And Expand The Use Of Our Domestic Supplies Of Natural Gas.
- Clean Car Challenge. A $5,000 tax credit for each and every customer who buys a zero carbon emission car. For other vehicles, a graduated tax credit will apply so that the lower the carbon emissions, the higher the tax credit.
- A $300 Million Prize To Improve Battery Technology For Full Commercial Development Of Plug-In Hybrid And Fully Electric Automobiles.
- Flex-Fuel Vehicles (FFVs) Should Play A Greater Role In Our Transportation Sector.
Alcohol-Based Fuels As Both An Alternative To Gasoline And As A Means of Expanding Consumers' Choices.
- Eliminate mandates, subsidies, tariffs and price supports that focus exclusively on corn-based ethanol.
- Enforce Existing CAFE Standards. (The mileage requirements that automobile manufacturers' cars must meet.)
- The U.S. Must Become A Leader In A New International Green Economy.
$2 Billion Annually To Advancing Clean Coal Technologies.
- Construct 45 New Nuclear Power Plants By 2030 With The Ultimate Goal Of Eventually Constructing 100 New Plants.
- Establish A Permanent Tax Credit Equal To 10 Percent Of Wages Spent On R&D.
- Encourage The Market For Alternative, Low Carbon Fuels Such As Wind, Hydro And Solar Power.
- A Cap-And-Trade System That Would Set Limits On Greenhouse Gas Emissions.
- Greening The Federal Government.
- Move The United States Toward Electricity Grid And Metering Improvements To Save Energy.
- Understand The Role Speculation Is Playing In Our Soaring Energy Prices.
- No Windfall Profits Tax.
- Immediately Provide Emergency Energy Rebate. 500 for an individual and $1,000 for a married couple (Paid for by a windfall profits tax)
- Crack Down on Excessive Energy Speculation.
- Swap Light and Heavy Crude, Release Oil from Strategic Petroleum Reserve to Cut Prices.
- Implement Cap and Trade Program to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions.
- Make the U.S. a Leader on Climate Change.
- Invest In A Clean Energy Economy and Help Create 5 Million New Green Jobs: $150 billion over 10 years.
- Create a "Green Vet Initiative: Offer counseling and job placement to help veterans gain the skills to enter this rapidly growing field; and work with industry partners to create career pathways and educational programs.
- Convert our Manufacturing Centers into Clean Technology Leaders.
- Create New Job Training Programs for Clean Technologies.
- Increase Fuel Economy Standards.
- Invest in Developing Advanced Vehicles and Put 1 Million Plugin Electric Vehicles on the Road by 2015.
- Partner with Domestic Automakers: $4 billion retooling tax credits and loan guarantees for domestic auto plants and parts manufacturers, so that the new fuel-efficient cars can be built in the U.S. by American workers.
- Mandate All New Vehicles are Flexible Fuel Vehicles.
- Develop the Next Generation of Sustainable Biofuels and Infrastructure.
- Establish a National Low Carbon Fuel Standard.
- A "Use it or Lose It" Approach to Existing Oil Drilling Leases.
- Promote the Responsible Domestic Production of Oil and Natural Gas.
- Prioritize the Construction of the Alaska Natural Gas Pipeline.
- Get More from our Existing Oil Fields.
- Require 10 Percent of Electricity to Come from Renewable Sources by 2012.
- Develop and Deploy Clean Coal Technology.
- Safe and Secure Nuclear Energy.
- Deploy the Cheapest, Cleanest, and Fastest Energy Source: Energy Efficiency.
- Overhaul Federal Efficiency Standards.
- Reduce Federal Energy Consumption.
- Flip Incentives to Energy Utilities.
- Invest in a Smart Grid.
- Weatherize One Million Homes Annually.
- Build More Livable and Sustainable Communities
Next up: Immigration