2012 Presidential Platforms: Green Yay or Green Nay?

September 5, 2012

Are the 2012 presidential environmental platforms formed by Obama and Romney truly green?On Tuesday, November 6, 2012 America will vote for the President of the United States. Either President Barack Obama will be re-elected or Mitt Romney will be voted into office. Before you make your decision, why not educate yourselves about what they stand for, especially when it comes to the environment? Here’s just a brief overview on their environmental platforms.

With a presidential election comes heated debate. Whether it’s about jobs, education, health care or the environment, politicians strive to get their ideas across in each area to every individual.

Yes, there has been some criticism regarding President Obama’s environmental policies and the same goes for Romney, but rather than focus on the “he said, she said” aspect of each campaign, let’s face the “facts.”

Here is what each candidate hopes to achieve if elected/re-elected regarding the environment, according to both official websites.

President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama discusses 2012 environmental platforms“Climate change is one of the biggest issues of this generation, and we have to meet this challenge by driving smart policies that lead to greater growth in clean energy generation and result in a range of economic and social benefits.” –Obama about Climate Change

According to BarackObama.com . . .
-Since November 2010, the Obama administration has created hundreds of thousands of jobs in the clean energy industry.
-Developed America’s Great Outdoors initiative focusing on community-led conservation.
-Wants to protect environment and strengthen economy all at once, while never having to choose one or the other.
-Lessen American’s dependence on foreign oil and looking to clean energy for protecting the planet and creating jobs.
-Committed to wind resources and solar energy, such as producing the country’s first-ever offshore wind farm that is said to power over 200,000 homes with clean electricity.
-Set 10-year goal for clean coal technology that is cost-effective and will hopefully improve miner health and safety, along with help from other initiatives.
-With Obama’s help, the EPA created the first national standards for mercury emissions and other toxins from coal- and oil-fired power plants.

Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney discusses 2012 environmental platforms“I am not a scientist myself, but my best assessment of the data is that the world is getting warmer, that human activity contributes to that warming and that policymakers should therefore consider the risk of negative consequences.” –Romney about Climate Change

According to MittRomney.com . . .
-The production of more “domestic energy” will create good jobs and boost local economies. Sending hundreds of billions of dollars to “our own energy-rich centers” in the United States will produce economic benefits.
-Put conservative principles into action in order to be mindful of the land and American jobs.
-It’s all about regulation, “which would facilitate rapid progress in the development of our domestic reserves of oil and natural gas and allow for further investment in nuclear power.”
-Amend the Clean Air Act to exclude carbon dioxide.
-Support construction of pipelines, which will bring Canadian oil to the U.S.
-Open America’s energy reserves for development.
-Will not steer investments towards “politically favored approaches” that are a waste of time and money, such as windmills and solar plants, but will concentrate alternative energy funding on basic research.

Politicians can promise anything they want, but it’s all about actions. Who do you think is the best man for the job? Let us know your thoughts.

-Allyson Koerner

Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons/Pete Souza, The Obama-Biden Transition Project, Wikimedia Commons/Gage Skidmore