5 of 22
BACKNEXT
Energy Security
The candidates agree on the need to reduce dependence on foreign oil and cut greenhouse gases. Both support a carbon "cap-and-trade" system where companies either pay to pollute or invest in cleaner technology.

· Work to reduce carbon emissions 60% below 1990 levels by 2050.

· Use mix of free market, government incentives and a lower corporate tax rate to foster renewable energy.

· Lift ban on offshore drilling.

· Commit $2 billion annually to advance clean coal technologies.

· Construct 45 new reactors by 2030 as part of a push to expand nuclear power production.

"...When it comes to energy, what we really need is to produce more, use less, and find new sources of power." -- McCain*
· Work to reduce carbon emissions 80% below 1990 levels by 2050.

· Invest $150 billion in renewable energy over the next 10 years.

· Allow limited amount of offshore drilling.

· Require that 10% of nation's energy comes from renewable sources by 2013.

· Aim to reduce nation's demand for electricity 15% by 2020.

"To bring about real change, we're going to have to make long-term investments in clean energy and energy efficiency." -- Obama**




NEXT: Taxing Wealth
Last updated October 29 2008: 12:15 PM ET
Source:
*June 18, 2008, Speech, Springfield, Mo.
**April 25, 2008, Speech, Indianapolis, Ind.
More Galleries
17 cool gadgets that tease the future Smart telescopes, surveillance for dogs, an electric roadster and more from CES 2018. More
These 12 airplane beds let you really sleep on a flight For the price of a premium class ticket, you may just get a space that's comfortable, private, and quiet enough to ensure a good rest. More
CES 2018 kicks off with oddball gadgets The biggest tech show of the year opened with a collection of quirky gadgets. More

Special Offer