US Presidentials: Obama promises 80% CO2 reduction by 2050

I have not made up my mind yet which US Presidential candiate I would vote for if I were an American citizen. Of course,  in election campaigns big promises are cheap and therefore it needs quite a bit of analysis what business interest ties the candidates have to be able to predict their real behaviour once in power.

Nevertheless, Barack Obama’s comprehensive energy and climate change plan (presented on Monday 8 October) grabbed my attention.

Not only does Obama propose a radical cut of CO2 emissions by 2050 (he is not the only Democrat candidate to do this – John Edwards has announced the same target already months ago ), but he also wants to auction emissions permits and “re-engage” with the international UN-led initiatives on climate change.

Read what the Washington Post had to say about a “green(er) Obama“. The full text of Obama’s speech is available here.

I will look at the energy/climate promises of other candidates in future posts.

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2 responses

  1. It is good news afterall when a promising leader has the vision of recreating an already damaged atmosphere thereby reducing the threat of future disasters which when they continue in their constant increasing magnitude would mean a world with a void future. A ‘WORLD’ and not a ‘technology’. Our world needs some touch of its originality and then life will only be confortable in its real state. My prayers first for Senator Obama’s victory and then the materialisation of his dreams. I will live to see it come true.

  2. Just heard there is a Dutch electricity retail company that sells 100% nuclear power to consumers and small businesses! The company is called Atoomstroom (http://www.atoomstroom.nl). The only English article about the initiative that I could find is here: http://www.atoomstroom.nl/documents/Nuclear_Power_from_the_heart_of_the_Amsterdam_WTC.pdf

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