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Side-By-Side Comparison



Hillary Clinton

Barack Obama

Environmental Plan For The Nation
Powering America’s Future: Hillary Clinton’s Plan to Address the Energy and Climate Crisis

Environmental Plan For The Nation
Barack Obama's Plan to Make America a Global Energy Leader and Barack Obama: Promoting a Healthy Environment

The 2005 Energy Policy Act
Voted against it, stating it "ignores our biggest energy challenges, subsidizes mature energy industries like oil and nuclear, and rolls back our environmental laws." The act passed and was signed into law in August 2005. Read more about the act here.

The 2005 Energy Policy Act
Voted for it, citing the bill's support for ethanol and "clean coal" technology. The act passed and was signed into law in August 2005. Read more about the act here.

Cap-And-Trade
Her proposed energy policy includes a cap-and-trade system that aims for 80% emission reductions from 1990 levels by 2050. 100% of pollution credits would be auctioned off.

Cap-And-Trade
His proposed energy policy includes a cap-and-trade system that aims for 80% emission reductions from 1990 levels by 2050. 100% of pollution credits would be auctioned off.

Coal-To-Liquid Fuels
Supports this fuel type as long as it emits 20% less carbon over its lifetime than conventional fuels.

Coal-To-Liquid Fuels
Supports this fuel type as long as it emits 20% less carbon over its lifetime than conventional fuels.

CAFE Standards
Wants to raise fleet-wide fuel-economy standards to 40 miles per gallon by 2020 and 55 mpg by 2030.

CAFE Standards
Advocates raising fuel-economy standards for automobiles to 40 miles per gallon and light trucks to 32 mpg by 2020.

Funding Clean Energy
Clinton proposes a $50 billion Strategic Energy Fund, paid for in part by oil companies, to fund investments in alternative energy. The SEF will finance one-third of the $150 billon ten-year investment in a new energy future contained in this plan.

Funding Clean Energy
Obama will invest $150 billion over 10 years to advance the next generation of biofuels and fuel infrastructure, accelerate the commercialization of plug-in hybrids, promote development of commercial-scale renewable energy, invest in low-emissions coal plants, and begin the transition to a new digital electricity grid.

Greening Our Workforce
Clinton plans to catalyze a thriving green building industry by investing in green collar jobs and helping to modernize and retrofit 20 million low-income homes to make them more energy efficient.

Greening Our Workforce
Obama will use proceeds from the cap-and-trade auction program to invest in job training and transition programs to help workers and industries adapt to clean technology development and production. Obama will also create an energy-focused Green Jobs Corps to connect disconnected and disadvantaged youth with job skills for a high-growth industry.

Renewable Power
Calls for aggressive action to transition our economy toward renewable energy sources, with renewables generating 25 percent of electricity by 2025.

Renewable Power
Will require that 25 percent of electricity consumed in the U.S. be derived from clean, sustainable energy sources by 2025.

Renewable Fuels
Clinton advocates producing at least 60 billion gallons of home-grown biofuels for cars and trucks by 2030. “Advanced biofuels,” such as cellulosic ethanol, would comprise an increasing share of that target over time.

Renewable Fuels
Obama will require 36 billion gallons of renewable fuels to be included in the fuel supply by 2022 and will increase that to at least 60 billion gallons of advanced biofuels like cellulosic ethanol by 2030.

League of Conservation Voters (LCV) Rating
Clinton has a lifetime score of 90 from the LCV. The LCV endorsed Senator Clinton in her 2000 Senate campaign, and named her an "Environmental Champion" during her re-election campaign in 2006.

League of Conservation Voters (LCV) Rating
Obama has a lifetime score of 96 from the LCV. The LCV endorsed Senator Obama's primary and general election bids in his 2004 Senate race. In Illinois, Obama was one of only six state senators who received a 100% Environmental Voting Record Award for 2003 from the Illinois Environmental Council.

Creative Way To Implement Plans
Clinton would create a "National Energy Council" (structured like the National Security Council) within the White House to ensure implementation of her environmental plan across the Executive Branch.

Creative Way To Implement Plans
Obama would create a Global Energy Forum — that includes all G-8 members plus Brazil, China, India, Mexico and South Africa. The forum would focus exclusively on global energy and environmental issues.

Dirty Laundry
Clinton successfully lobbied the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to let International Paper conduct a two-week test burn of tires at a mill in upstate New York in 2005. The burn was so polluting that the company had to suspend it after a few days.

Dirty Laundry
Obama accepted $159,800 in contributions from Exelon, the nation's largest nuclear power-plant operator, for his presidential campaign and received notable support from Exelon in his previous political campaigns. During debate on the 2005 energy bill, Obama helped to vote down an amendment that would have killed vast loan guarantees for Exelon and other power-plant operators.

More Dirty Laundry
Hillary Clinton served on the board of directors for Lafarge, a huge US cement maker. Shortly before Bill Clinton was elected president in 1992, Lafarge was fined $1.8 million by the EPA for pollution violations. A year later, the Bill Clinton administration reduced that fine to less than $600,000. Lafarge uses natural gas, coal, petroleum coke, chipped tires, and waste oils to fuel its cement kiln. In Notice of Construction Application No. 9237, Lafarge requested to burn whole tires mid-kiln as another fuel option and to burn them at higher rates than the currently approved rate for chipped tires.

More Dirty Laundry
Obama opposes the House-passed bill that would reform the 1872 Mining Law. That law lets companies mine public lands without paying royalties and doesn't hold them responsible for mine cleanup. Obama said "The legislation that has been proposed places a significant burden on the mining industry and could have a significant impact on jobs [in rural Nevada] given the difficulties the industry is already facing in maintaining its operations."