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Campaigns debate energy: News coverage, audio of BRT debate

Jul 12, 2012
Carter Wood

The Business Roundtable-sponsored debate Wednesday on energy policy by representatives of the two presidential campaigns drew solid media coverage. For example ...

Houston Chronicle, "Debate underscores divide on energy policy":

WASHINGTON - Surrogates for Barack Obama's and Mitt Romney's presidential campaigns debated energy policy on Wednesday, revealing stark differences between their views of the federal government's role in using taxpayer dollars to support still-developing energy technologies.

Bloomberg BNA, "Presidential Campaign Surrogates Clash Over Approaches to Energy, Environment":

Surrogates for President Obama and presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney July 11 clashed over climate change and energy policies, including the wind energy tax credit, which Romney’s representative said may have “outlived its usefulness.”

Wall Street Journal Washington Wire blog, "Obama, Romney Surrogates Debate Energy Policy":

WASHINGTON–The Obama and Romney campaigns have started to square off over their competing energy policies, articulating big differences in their approaches to domestic oil drilling, financial support for alternative energy and the regulation of greenhouse gases.

Among the more divisive issues emerging between the two camps is President Barack Obama‘s handling of the Keystone XL pipeline, which is a planned project to carry oil from Canada’s tar sands to the U.S. Gulf Coast.

Reuters, "Romney campaign hits Obama admin's delay of LNG exports":

WASHINGTON, July 11 (Reuters) - A representative for Mitt Romney on Wednesday criticized Obama administration delays on whether to allow more natural gas exports, but stopped short of saying the former Massachusetts governor would speed the process should he become president.

The Hill E-2 Wire blog, "Romney surrogate: ‘He’s certainly not a denier' on climate," and "Romney surrogate says wind energy credit stance not set."

Science Insider, "Romney, Obama Campaigns Give Clean Tech Research Some Bipartisan Love":

Presidential candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have plenty of differences over how they'd promote energy development and protect the environment. But this morning, surrogates for the two campaigns joined hands in supporting the 3-year-old Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), an innovative effort at the U.S. Department of Energy to pump public money into studies of potentially transformational clean energy technologies. Representatives from both campaigns repeatedly lauded ARPA-E's nimble model for funding high-risk basic research during a debate on energy and environmental policy sponsored by Business Roundtable.

Introducing the event was Kate Adams, senior vice president and counsel for Honeywell. The debate was moderated by Gerald Seib of The Wall Street Journal. Representing the Obama campaign was Dan Reicher, executive director of the Center for Energy Policy and Finance at Stanford University, who previously worked for Google on energy efficiency, had served on the Obama transition team, and was Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in the Clinton Administration. The Romney campaign's representative was Linda Stuntz, a former top energy official in the George H.W. Bush administration and a founding partner of Stuntz, Davis & Staffier, P.C., where her practice includes energy and environmental regulation.

We've divided up the audio into separate portions of the debate. Here are the sound files:



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