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Energy Update: Campaign Advisers Spar Over Keystone XL

by Newsteam Staff
July 13, 2012

An employee works on a gas pipe at a construction site of the Gazelle high-pressure natural gas pipeline near the town of Plzen, Czech Republic June 7, 2012 (David W Cerny/Courtesy Reuters). An employee works on a gas pipe June 7, 2012 (David W Cerny/Courtesy Reuters).


Surrogates for President Barack Obama and GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney squared off over their candidates’ different approaches to energy policy with a stalled oil pipeline project from Canada emerging as the most contentious issue, according to the Wall Street Journal.

At a roundtable this week, the Romney campaign reiterated the Republican candidate would approve the Keystone XL pipeline — the controversial project now on hold that would carry oil from Canada’s tar sands to the U.S. Gulf Coast — “on day one” while the Obama campaign said the president is “very much moving toward a decision” on the project in the first quarter of 2013 — falling in line with the U.S. State Department-backed timeline.

For more on the candidates’ positions check out CFR’s Issue Tracker on The Candidates on Energy Policy.

Suggested Other Reading:

At U.S. News and World Report, Pete Sepp writes that he is worried a serious energy policy debate in Congress or between the candidates will get lost in the shuffle of posturing that usually occurs mid-summer in a presidential election year. “At this rate, it could be a tough summer and an equally unpromising fall for Americans hoping to see better energy policies from Washington—policies that stress low taxes and free markets for all energy sources rather than playing favorites and punishing foes.”

At The Energy Collective, Geoffrey Styles lays out some of the energy issues the next president will have to face in 2013, from the Keystone Pipeline to sorting through scarcity issues and Renewable Fuel Standards reform.

— Gayle S. Putrich, Contributing Editor

1 Comment

  • Posted by carl

    Energy is the only part of our economy that can lead us out of this recession,all types of it and its delivery systems.The use of photovoltaic on buildings and solar hot water.Electric cars that can charge at solar homes and buildings.Burying all overhead wires and modernizing the grid.Using convection currents to power wind generators on buildings.And retrofitting all old structures with low interest bank loans guarantees by the federal government.The return on investments of these types is immediate and the implementation should be also.Thanks Carl.