Santorum At Odds With Obama on Green Tech

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U.S. Presidential Candidate Rick Santorum Has Green Technology Views That Strongly Oppose Those of President Barack Obama - Image from Google

With U.S. Republican Presidential Candidate Rick Santorum gaining steam in this year’s presidential race, more questions are arising about his stance on the green movement. When you compare his agenda with that of U.S. President Barack Obama, it is very apparent that the two are very different, with Santorum actually calling Obama’s support for green technology an unfounded “political science.”

It’s no secret that Obama is a huge proponent of alternative energy. He recently rejected the TransCanada Corp. Keystone XL pipeline project, which opponents argued would carry oil not only from Canada to Texas but also to environmentally sensitive areas in the state of Nebraska. He also pledges to continue to decrease funding to fossil fuel companies – those that produce oil, gas and coal – and instead provide more money for research into solar energy and other green power sources.

Obama’s 2013 budget actually includes more than $27 billion for the U.S. Department of Energy – a 3 percent boost from the previous year – as well as $2.3 billion for research and development in the area of biofuels and green vehicles. The threat of global warming – sparking the need to revamp the way we live and do business – is the driving force behind the administration’s emphasis on being more environmentally focused.

Santorum, however, considers this emphasis on global warming to be “political” and denies the notion of manmade climate change. Santorum even recently said that Obama and his supporters simply want to scare people away from Big Oil and instead attract the public’s money and support for green technology “so they can control your lives.”

In Santorum’s opinion, relying so much on alternative energy is a radical idea that is not steeped in science and actually is threatening to the United States because it encourages Americans to avoid pursuing further traditional energy production without a solid alternative energy solution. Obama’s ideology – along with that of all other radical environmentalists – is “phony,” Santorum said recently, essentially acknowledging their worship of the Earth.

“Energy, this idea that man is here to serve the Earth…I don’t believe that that’s what we’re here to do — that man is here to use the resources and use them wisely, to care for the Earth, to be a steward of the Earth, but we’re not here to serve the Earth,” Santorum said.

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