Climate and Energy: How do Romney and Obama Compare?
From USA Today
By Wendy Koch
He pushed to make homes and businesses more energy efficient. He offered government incentives for renewable power and, early in his administration, tried to tackle climate change with fees on excessive corporate emitters of greenhouse gases.
President Obama? Well, it may sound like him, but it’s GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney when he was governor of Massachusetts — a blue state with a Democratic-led legislature — from 2003 to 2007.
The two men have fairly similar governing records on energy and environmental issues. Their campaign rhetoric, however, has differed on just about everything except boosting the nation’s production of oil and natural gas.
Obama says the United States, despite a jump in oil and gas produced during his administration, cannot drill its way to energy independence. So he touts his push to double fuel economy for new cars and light trucks by 2025, increase solar and wind energy, and eliminate $4 billion in annual tax breaks for oil and gas companies.
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