Solar Politics – Obama vs. McCain

Solar Politics

Solar Politics

Energy, unsurprisingly, is turning into a major election issue in the US this year. With the latest round of ads with the two candidates hitting each other over energy, it seems like a good time to start talking solar politics.

Over the next few months I’ll be summarizing various legal and political issues regarding solar, including tax incentives, legal requirements for renewable energy, political platforms on energy and solar and generally trying to summarize events in solar politics.

But, to start, let’s look at the two new Energy policy ads in the US:

Obama’s Energy Ad

Also, here’s the the link to NewEnergyForAmerica.com they give at the end of the ad.

McCain’s Energy Ad

As it pertains to solar, Obama mentions the German national renewable energy plan that began in 2000 and which made Germany the clear world leader in energy (50% of all the world’s solar power is implemented in Germany). So it’s encouraging that it’s being talked about. It doesn’t have to just be solar (or even mostly be solar) but a real focus on renewable energy has to be the cornerstone of any realistic energy policy.

Coming soon, an analysis of Obama and McCain’s Energy and Environmental Policies, especially as they pertain to solar.

Oh, and for the record, we’re Canadian, so we don’t get to vote and so I’m really not interested in taking sides – they’re both proposing positive changes to National Energy policy, and personally I don’t think either are progressive enough or committed enough to breaking US dependence on oil and coal. (Not that Canada is much better.)

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2 responses to “Solar Politics – Obama vs. McCain

  1. Hi Nick,

    Great blog, though i haven’t got the time to check it out throughly. This is slightly off-topic but i thought it would interest solar energy advocates, provided they can read in spanish:

    http://www.elmundo.es/elmundo/2008/07/23/ciencia/1216803522.html

    Would love to know your thoughts on it.

  2. Thanks for the visit Borja, I caught this news story a couple of days ago. I was actually planning on talking about it a little, but maybe it merits more comment.