Presidential Candidates on the Issues

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Environment

Barack Obama: The Obama administration has expanded clean air and water regulations, established new safety regulations for offshore drilling and negotiated an agreement with auto manufacturers to improve fuel economy. The president also plans to offer incentives to manufacturers who make their facilities more energy-efficient and has encouraged the use of wind power and solar energy.

Newt Gingrich: Gingrich proposes an Environmental Protection Agency whose mission is environmental solutions and scientific research to create “more energy, more jobs and a better environment simultaneously.”

Mitt Romney: Romney once believed that humans are contributing to global warming, but now says the cause of climate change is unknown. He proposes removing carbon dioxide from the Clean Air Act’s list of pollutants and would amend EOA clean air and water regulations “to ensure the cost of complying with regulations is balanced against environmental benefit. Says cap and trade would "rocket energy prices."

Rick Santorum: Santorum says scientific evidence confirming that human activity is a contributor to global warming is “patently absurd” and “junk science.”

(Photo: AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

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