Coalition Surveys Presidential Candidates

The Sustainable Energy Coalition sent a 30-question questionnaire on a cross-section of energy policy issues to the campaigns of President George Bush and the nine major candidates for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination.

Washington D.C. – July 30, 2003 [] The survey seeks the candidates’ views on the appropriate level of federal funding and tax support for renewable energy technologies and energy efficiency, setting higher fuel economy standards for automobiles, mandating the inclusion of renewable resources in electricity generation and transportation fuels, responses to climate change, the construction of new (and relicensing of old) nuclear power plants, opening a high-level nuclear waste facility at Yucca Mountain, Nevada, drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and providing tax subsidies for fossil fuels. In a cover letter accompanying the questionnaire, the Sustainable Energy Coalition notes that “public opinion surveys have consistently shown that environmental issues, including related energy policy concerns, are of concern to most American voters. We believe this will be even more true during the upcoming presidential election cycle given pending shortages and rising prices for natural gas, the interrelationship of energy policy and U.S. involvement in the Middle East, congressional debate on major energy legislation, and continuing and worsening environmental issues such as climate change that are directly attributable to the nation’s energy policies.” The questionnaire is the fourth survey of presidential candidates sponsored by the Sustainable Energy Coalition. The results of similar surveys were released in 1992, 1996, and 2000. The candidates are being asked to respond to the survey by September 15. The Sustainable Energy Coalition also plans to circulate the questionnaire to any other major candidates seeking the nomination of either the Republican or Democratic parties as well as to any significant third-party candidates who may announce their candidacies in the months ahead. Since the Sustainable Energy Coalition is a non-partisan, non-profit, 501 (c-3) organization, responses to this questionnaire will not be used as the basis for any candidate endorsement or support and no effort will be made to rank or rate candidates based on their responses. The Sustainable Energy Coalition is a coalition of nearly 50 national and state business, environmental, consumer, and energy policy organizations that collectively represent several thousand companies, municipal utilities, and community organizations. Founded in 1992, the Sustainable Energy Coalition works to promote increased use of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. The full text of the letter along with the accompanying questions to be directed to the candidates can be found at the coalition’s Web site listed at the link below.
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