30 Issues: Oil Be Damned

“Energy independence” forms the next installment of the 30 Issues in 30 Days series. Both candidates are talking up the need to give up our dependence on foreign oil. We’ll look at the questions this raises – Is this achievable, what do we need to get there, and will it make a difference?

Jerry Taylor of the libertarian think tank, the Cato institute will discuss this with Tyson Slocum with the consumer group, Public Citizen.

In the meantime, here’s where the candidates stand:

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From the Bush campaign website:

President Bush has provided substantial funding to increase energy efficiency in Government buildings and American homes and improve fuel economy for automobiles. And last year, President Bush launched a groundbreaking initiative to develop technologies to produce, store, and distribute hydrogen for use in fuel-cell vehicles, electricity generation, and other applications. In his second term, President Bush will build on these important steps to help reduce America's dependence on foreign sources of energy. At the same time, he will continue to make clear to foreign oil producers our mutual interest in maintaining adequate and secure supplies of foreign oil to meet our energy needs and to ensure the continuation of global economic growth.

From the Kerry Campaign website:

John Kerry and John Edwards will put America on the path towards energy independence. They will harness the full force of American optimism and ingenuity to invest in new technologies and alternative fuels, create tax incentives that help automakers produce more fuel efficient cars, and reward the consumers who buy them. We invented and built the cars we drive today - we can invent and build the cars we drive tomorrow, too.
The Kerry-Edwards plan will increase energy conservation and create clean, renewable sources of energy that no terrorist can sabotage and no foreign government can seize. Their plan will also save billions by cutting waste and pork-barrel spending in Washington.

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