The candidates on global warming

global warming

The Hartford Courant provides a useful comparison of the global warming policies of the presidential candidates.

Obama favors the most governmental spending for R&D, something I strongly favor too. His plan also seems the most comprehensive.

Romney and Paul are clueless, Thompson is an open denier.

Most surprising is McCain, “League of Conservation Voters calls him a ‘leader’ on climate issues.”

Most favor some form of cap-and-trade, which might sound like a solution, but is unworkable because it’s voluntary, not worldwide, and has no way to enforce compliance. Simultaneously working towards creating new forms of renewable, clean energy while also working on ways to cut down on energy use with smarter technology and conservation measures is a much better way to go.

This is also the only way that rapidly industrializing countries like China and India will get interested. Don’t preach to them they must be green when we aren’t. Instead, show them how clean tech will save them money and energy.