Presidential Candidates to Reveal Energy Views

This Thursday, the Sustainable Energy Coalition (SEC) will release the results of a 30-question survey of the views of eight of the major presidential candidates on a cross-section of energy and related environmental policy issues.

Washington, D.C. – January 7, 2004 [] On a related note, previously solicited all the presidential candidates for their views on renewable energy, but only Howard Dean has so far managed to deliver (see his RE Insider at the link below). The SEC survey includes responses received from General Wesley Clark, Governor Howard Dean, Senator John Edwards, Represenative Richard Gephardt, Senator John Kerry, Representative Dennis Kucinich, Senator Joseph Lieberman, and Ambassador Carol Mosely-Braun. (Responses were not received from either Reverend Al Sharpton or President George Bush.) The coalition said that significant policy differences among the candidates are reflected in their responses to the questions. Issues addressed by the survey include budget and tax incentives for energy efficiency, renewable energy (i.e., solar, wind, geothermal, biomass/biofuels, hydropower), fossil fuels, and nuclear power; hydrogen R&D; auto fuel efficiency standards, hybrid vehicles, a federal Renewable Portfolio Standard, a federal Renewable Fuels Standard, a federal “wires charge” for energy efficiency; climate change and the Kyoto Protocol; oil development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge; natural gas price increases and supply shortages; nuclear plant construction and relicensing; renewal of the Price Anderson Act; and the Yucca Mountain high-level nuclear waste repository. The report will be unveiled at 9:30 a.m. in the West Room of the National Press Club, on 529 14th Street, N.W. Washington DC. Present will be Katherine Morrison, Staff Attorney – U.S. Public Interest Research Group, Bill Prindle, Deputy Director – American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, Scott Sklar, President – The Stella Group, Ltd. Ken Bossong, Coordinator – Sustainable Energy Coalition. Copies of a 36-page report containing the complete responses from the candidates and an executive summary will be available.