In the Face of an Upcoming Election, Do You Know What Each Candidate Stands For?

The upcoming presidency will be monumental in regards climate change. In these next 8 years, we will either combat or endorse climate change. This being said, the president we elect will play a HUGE role on America’s energies policies. This article from Business Insider made me take a second look at who supported what and it definitely did change my views on the different candidates. Following are some of the highlights of each candidate:

Bernie Sanders’ plan:

  • Ban offshore drilling, Arctic drilling, natural gas exports, and mountaintop removal coal mining, and fracking through the U.S
  • Stop attempts to lift the ban on crude oil exports
  • Expand access to solar and wind energy and invest in geothermal energy
  • Halt nuclear power plant license renewals in the United States and invest in wind, solar, and geothermal energy solutions

Hillary Clinton’s plan:

  • Have every U.S. home powered by renewable energy by 2027 Invest in low-carbon emission transportation
  • Ban offshore drilling and implement $30 billion plan to help coal communities transition away from coal production and move towards developing clean energy
  • Begin negotiations for a North American Climate Compact between the United States, Canada, and Mexico
  • Increase the efficiency of the federal permitting process for clean energy in order to expand access to it

Donald Trump’s plan:

  • Wants to use the natural gas in the Marcellus Shale and increase fracking
  • Plans to cut off U.S. support in Libya unless they give the U.S. 50 percent of their oil for the next 25 years
  • Wants to lift permitting restrictions on drilling for oil, and heavily increase drilling in the U.S.
  • Support the Keystone pipeline

Ted Cruz’s plan:

  • Increase “responsible energy exploration” including fracking, offshore drilling, and building the Keystone pipeline
  • Block the Obama administration’s “Clean Power Plan,” a set of regulations that would impose stricter requirements on power plants
  • Reduce America’s dependency on foreign energy sources, and increase the exploration of domestic energy reserves
  • Shrink the power and size of the federal government by eliminating federal regulations and policies surrounding energy

More than just their views on climate change matter when it comes to choosing a president. We would not want someone who supports converting to sustainable forms of energy but does not have a mind for the economy or foreign relations. While these are just highlights of each candidate’s position with climate change, does it change your opinion? I know it shifted mine. Leave your comments below!

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