Interviews with Senators Barack Obama and John McCain are in the October issue of Field & Stream, with each candidate discussing issues such as guns, the Clean Water Act, and the CRP. Following those Q&A’s, I figured I’d spend some time on both campaign’s Websites to remind myself what they’re saying to the general public about their energy and environmental visions for the country.
What follows are extremely shortened versions of the positions posted on both Sen. McCain’s Website and Sen. Obama’s Website. But the quick hits below at least include some of the assertions both candidates make most often.

Sen. Obama says he will…
– Ensure that 10 percent of electricity comes from sustainable sources (solar, wind, and geo-thermal) by 2012.
– Provide incentives to accelerate private sector investment in zero-carbon coal facilities.
– Make safeguarding nuclear material a top anti-terrorism priority, and find safe disposal solutions based on scientific analysis.

Sen. McCain says he will…
– Commit $2 billion annually to advancing clean coal technologies.
– Construct 45 new nuclear power plants by 2030, with the eventual goal of ultimately constructing 100 new plants.
– “Encourage” the markets for alternative, low carbon fuels such as wind, hydro, and solar power.

Sen. McCain says he believes…
– It’s time for the federal government to lift restrictions on drilling American reserves such as the Outer Continental Shelf.
– It’s important to cooperate with the states and the Department of Defense in the decisions to develop these resources.

Sen. Obama says he will…
– Eliminate our current imports from Venezuela and the Middle East within 10 years.
– Require oil companies to develop the 68 million acres of land (over 40 million of which are offshore), which they have already leased and are not drilling.

Sen. Obama says he will…
– Get 1 million plug-in hybrid cars on the road by 2015. Such vehicles can get up to 150 miles per gallon and should be made in the USA.
– Create a new $7,000 tax credit for purchasing these “advanced vehicles.”
– Provide $4 billion for domestic automakers to retool their American manufacturing facilities to produce vehicles with higher fuel economy standards.

Sen. McCain says he will…
– Commit a $5,000 tax credit for each customer who buys a zero carbon emission car to encourage automakers to get such vehicles on the market.
– Propose a $300 million prize to improve battery technology for the full commercial development of plug-in hybrid and fully electric cars.
– Call on automakers to make a more complete switch to Flex-Fuel Vehicles (FFV’s).

  How much do energy and conservation issues factor into your vote? Do you trust each candidate to enact their policies after taking office, or are these just talking points to win an election? And which of these candidates do you think will be a better steward-in-chief?  
By the way, you'll be noticing more discussion-friendly topics on the blog because the Gear Giveaway is officially open! Starting with this post, I'll be reading your weekly comments with an eye to choosing the best one, and every Friday, I'll announce a winner. This year we're happy to have the participation of our blog sponsor, Filson and its women's line of outdoor gear, who is excited to be providing some great prizes.   
So with energy and conservation policy in mind (don't worry, there will be plenty of posts not dealing with politics), let the Giveaway begin! -K.H.