Obama vs. Romney: A Stark Contrast on the Environment

Yale Environment 360 17 September 2012.

As the U.S. presidential campaign enters its final phase, Yale Environment 360 compares the sharply divergent views of President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney on the environment and energy.

Few policy issues separate Barack Obama and Mitt Romney more widely than the environment and energy. One man believes human activity is driving global warming, the other questions to what extent humans are responsible. One advocates federal support for renewable energy technologies, the other believes that alternative energy should sink or swim on its own merits. One believes that the U.S. government can play an important role in setting standards that are environmentally and financially beneficial, the other calls the Environmental Protection Agency “a tool in the hands of the president to crush the private enterprise system.”

What follows is a summary of the positions of the two candidates on four key issues:…