With gasoline prices rising sharply in the U.S. this
election year, the presidential contenders are both touting alternative energy
plans. Senator John McCain advocates nuclear power and market incentives to
reduce greenhouse gas emissions while Senator Barack Obama pushes government
support for alternative energies such as cellulosic ethanol. VOA's Kent Klein
narrates for producer Leta Hong Fincher.
presidential candidates agree on the need for new technologies to curb carbon
emissions responsible for climate change. These include solar and wind power
and electric cars.
Republican presidential nominee, Senator John McCain, supports government
funding for clean coal technology. "Our coal reserves are larger than
Saudi Arabia's supply of oil," McCain said.
Democratic rival, Senator Barack Obama, backs subsidies for biofuels such as
cellulosic ethanol made from wood chips. "When I'm president, I'll set a
goal to produce the first two billion gallons of advanced biofuels by 2013,"
McCain favors business incentives and Obama, government investment.
candidates differ over nuclear energy and offshore oil drilling, which McCain
supports and Obama opposes.
Republican National Committee has launched an ad attacking Obama's energy
Obama? For conservation, but he just says 'no' to lower gas taxes, 'no' to
nuclear, 'no' to more production, 'no' new solutions."
Obama's campaign has responded with a counterattack.
will give more tax breaks to big oil. He's voted with Bush 95 percent of the
time. Barack Obama will make energy independence an urgent priority."
energy analysts say both presidential candidates promise alternative energy
they cannot yet fully deliver. Divya Reddy is with Eurasia Group, a business and politics-consulting
firm in New York.
technology is just not there right now to make it commercial on the scale that
everyone is envisioning," Reddy said.
whichever one wins the White House, each promises to make the fight against
climate change a priority.