That would be for the USA and the World.
Should I discuss the differences or just come out for one or the other?
The answer is obvious but if I plump for one you might not bother to read any further if your opinion is different.
It really doesn't matter because my choice will be obvious very quickly anyway. The policies on one side make sense for the US and the World while the other sides make no sense for either.
One side says drill baby drill, cut regulations, keep subsidies on profitable oil companies, cut out any help for clean energy, oppose raising fuel efficiency standards and so on. That is the Republican side.
The other side instead want to cut energy use. They want to do this in several ways, the easiest, cheapest and cleanest way is to reduce demand. One way to do that is increase fuel efficiency standards, which Romney opposes! Another way is to produce energy cleanly with solar, wind, wave, geo thermal and other non-polluting methods. Romney opposes these too, threatening to eliminate tax breaks for any clean energy, renewables or green ways of producing energy. This has already resulted in the loss of jobs as wind and solar companies pull back after threats from Romney to kill tax credits for clean energy efforts, but to keep them for extremely profitable oil giants. Then he blames Obama for the loss of jobs in the renewable energy fields!
The "Etch-a-sketch" man who was a big basher of coal when he was the Massachusetts Governor, has now made a 180 degree change on that and he now woos the coal companies.
Romney wants to increase oil and gas production in the US. Oil and gas production in the US is already at record highs. And oil imports are at record lows! Even after the BP oil spill oil rigs are at record high numbers. Oil companies have over 7,000 permits to drill on Federal land that they are not using!
Romney wants to help the oil barons even more by reducing air pollution standards. Obama opposes that.
Obama wants to cut tax breaks for the spectacularly profitable oil companies. Romney opposes that. Obama wants to encourage clean energy production. Romney opposes that. Obama wants to increase fuel efficiency. Romney opposes that.
Who has the most sensible energy policy?
In my next post I will offer some ideas of my own on ways to cut America's energy use.