Republican Party frontrunner Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama’s views toward green technology are quite different. For Obama, it’s all about clean energy. For Romney, fossil fuels are the name of the game.
Obama’s goal essentially is to grow the green industry, thus developing more jobs and making the United States less dependent on foreign oil. He actually is the one president who has put the most federal money into clean energy, which includes the areas of geothermal, wind and solar power. He is striving to create more incentives for manufacturers to make upgrades in energy in addition to making the military greener. Green military efforts include the Navy’s purchase of enough capacity to provide energy to about 250,000 homes each year.
Even with the failed Solyndra solar manufacturer situation in 2011, Obama is optimistic about the future of renewable energy and continues to make it his primary focus, saying that “we don’t have to choose between our environment and our economy.”
“Some technologies don’t pan out; some companies fail,” Obama said during the recent State of the Union address. “But I will not walk away from the promise of clean energy … I will not cede the wind or solar or battery industry to China or Germany because we refuse to make the same commitment here.”
On the other hand, Romney bashes Obama, claiming that the current president has ended energy production in America. Romney believes the Obama administration’s strong focus on renewable energy is unwarranted and a waste of time and money. He also disagrees with Obama’s objection to allowing the Keystone XL pipeline to be built, arguing that it would create thousands of more jobs.
Stopping energy production has its consequences, Romney said, promoting the need to boost the United States’ production of natural gas, oil and gas and disregarding federal subsidies for green technology.
Energy production must continue, according to Romney, because no proof exists that the burning of gas, coal and oil actually are the chief causes of global warming. Romney said America really does not know for sure what is causing “climate change on this planet” and that spending trillions on green technologies is not fiscally responsible.
“Stopping energy production in the United States has cost us millions of jobs in the energy industry alone – good, high paying jobs that Americans need,” Romney said. “It has allowed hostile foreign regimes and movements to hold us hostage or extract money from us that is then used against us. Worst of all, stopping energy production has hurt the economy, and that is bad for everyone.”
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