Obama vs. Romney

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           Although both candidates have not addressed the issue of climate change much, their stances are quite opposite to each other.  Barak Obama, our current president, describes the climate change issue an urgent and dangerous problem in the world.  He feels the seriousness of fossil fuel use is linked to the drastic weather change. (Koch)  Obama has been supporting the federal cap-and-trade legislation which is a market based method to decrease the emissions of greenhouse gases.  Obama states, "As we move forward over the next several years, my hope is, is that the United States, as one of several countries with a big carbon footprint, can find further ways to reduce our carbon emissions."  The EPA has declared that carbon dioxide is considered a pollutant and the government needs to regulate the amount of these emissions.  Obama comments on this issue, "I think that's good for the world,  I actually think, over the long term, it's good for our economies as well, because it's my strong belief that industries, utilities, individual consumers - we're all going to have to adapt how we use energy and how we think about carbon." (Clayton)

            Romney argues on what is causing this issue.  He feels there is a lack of scientific consensus to truly understand what is causing this climate change in the world. (Koch)  Romney explains his stance to ScienceDebate.org, "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, however, there remains a lack of scientific consensus on the issue -- on the extent of the warming, the extent of the human contribution, and the severity of the risk -- and I believe we must support continued debate and investigation within the scientific community." Romney wants to focus on lowering emissions that will improve America.  He explains more in depth, "I believe we should pursue what I call a "No Regrets" policy -- steps that will lead to lower emissions, but that will benefit America regardless of whether the risks of global warming materialize and regardless of whether other nations take effective action."  He also discusses about how the government can provide funding for research in specific areas, "For instance, I support robust government funding for research on efficient, low-emissions technologies that will maintain American leadership in emerging industries. And I believe the federal government must significantly streamline the regulatory framework for the deployment of new energy technologies, including a new wave of investment in nuclear power. These steps will strengthen American industry, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and produce the economically-attractive technologies that developing nations must have access to if they are to achieve the reductions in their own emissions that will be necessary to address what is a global issue". (Vergano)

An interesting article I found called, "Obama vs. Romney 101: 4 ways they differ on climate change", contrasts both of their campaigns on four important ideas on climate change.  

Obama Vs. Romney 101: 4 ways they differ on climate change


 Works cited

Clayton, Mark. "Obama vs. Romney 101: 4 ways they differ on climate change." Christian           Science Monitor. n.d. n. page. Web. 30 Oct. 2012. <http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/DC-    Decoder/2012/0905/Obama-vs.-Romney-101-4-ways-they-differ-on-climate-change/Is-           climate-change-a-real-problem-and-is-it-manmade>.

Koch, Wendy. "Climate and energy: How do Romney and Obama compare?." USA Today. 29     2012: n. page. Web. 30 Oct. 2012.     <http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2012/10/29/obama-romney-climate- energy-records/1654979/>.

Vergano, Dan. "Romney climate views examined in science debate." Science Fair. 05 2012: n.      page. Web. 30 Oct. 2012.   <http://content.usatoday.com/communities/sciencefair/post/2012/09/romney-climate-         views-examined-in-science-debate/1>.

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