Energy Wars: Romney vs. Obama

In a just-published piece in The American, the online journal of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), energy expert Kenneth (Ken) Green and researcher Elizabeth DeMeo examine the three main ways that Obama and Romney differ on energy policy:

  • A planned vs. market energy economy: "Obama shows a distinct preference for a command-driven energy economy, while Romney strongly favors a freer, private-sector energy economy."
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  • The importance of energy affordability: "Obama places far less emphasis [than Romney] on energy affordability and far more emphasis on greening the energy supply even though that raises costs."
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  • Views on energy independence: "[W]hereas Romney clearly has a goal of energy interdependence with Canada, Obama's view of energy independence is more a "go it alone" approach, where pipelines to Canada need not apply."
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The full text is available here.

Ken Green is a climate and energy expert and a resident scholar at AEI and can be reached at kgreen@aei.org or 202.862.4883.  Elizabeth DeMeo is a researcher at AEI and can be reached at elizabeth.demeo@aei.org (202.862.4876). 

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