CNN Fact Check: Wind power, electric cars and the stimulus
October 12th, 2012
06:46 AM ET
2 years ago

CNN Fact Check: Wind power, electric cars and the stimulus

(CNN) - There was no shortage of wind or electricity at Thursday night's debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan, the Republican contender for that office. But federal support for wind power and electric cars was one of the early flashpoints between the two.

"Was it a good idea to spend taxpayer dollars on electric cars in Finland or windmills in China?" Ryan asked Biden as he defended the Obama administration's economic stimulus measures. "Was it a good idea to borrow this money from China and spend it on these interest groups?"

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Filed under: 2012 • Energy • Environmental policy • Fact Check • Joe Biden • Paul Ryan
What we got for $50 billion in 'green' stimulus
October 3rd, 2012
03:08 PM ET
2 years ago

What we got for $50 billion in 'green' stimulus

New York (CNNMoney) - Over 770,000 homes weatherized. A doubling of energy from wind and solar. Cleaning 688 square miles of land formerly used for Cold War-era nuclear testing.

These are just some of the 'green' benefits from money spent under 2009's $787 billion stimulus package. Whether it was worth it is an open question, and one sure to come up in greater frequency as the presidential campaign enters its final weeks.

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Filed under: Congress • Energy
Obama calls miners in Romney ad 'props'
October 3rd, 2012
12:22 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama calls miners in Romney ad 'props'

(CNN) – The latest salvo in the battle for coal country is an ad from President Barack Obama's campaign, which accuses Mitt Romney of using miners as "props" at a campaign rally that was subsequently used in a television commercial.

The spot, which CNN's ad tracker CMAG identified as airing in the Youngstown, Ohio media market, slams Romney for a commercial released last month.

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Filed under: 2012 • Ads • Energy • Mitt Romney • President Obama
Obama bans wind-farm purchases by Chinese company
September 28th, 2012
04:01 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama bans wind-farm purchases by Chinese company

New York (CNNMoney) - President Obama vetoed the acquisition of four wind-farm companies in the U.S. by a Chinese-owned firm on Friday, citing national security concerns.

The companies' projects are all located near a U.S. military site in Oregon, the Naval Weapons Systems Training Facility Boardman, the Treasury Department said in a statement.

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Filed under: China • Energy • President Obama
New Romney ads focus on coal industry
September 19th, 2012
12:55 AM ET
2 years ago

New Romney ads focus on coal industry

(CNN) - Mitt Romney released two new campaign ads on Wednesday in which coal workers say the Republican presidential nominee would be better for their industry - and their families' economic futures - than President Barack Obama.

"Obama's ruining the coal industry," one miner says.
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Filed under: 2012 • Energy • Mitt Romney
Al Gore sees dark clouds if Romney wins
August 28th, 2012
11:35 AM ET
2 years ago

Al Gore sees dark clouds if Romney wins

(CNN) - Al Gore said the country's environmental policy would be compromised if presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney were to become president in January.

"I would fear for the future of our environmental policy," said Gore of a Romney/Ryan White House in an interview with TakePart, the publishing arm of the company that produced "An Inconvenient Truth," Gore's 2006 documentary about climate change.
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Filed under: 2012 • Al Gore • Energy • Mitt Romney • President Obama
August 27th, 2012
07:59 PM ET
2 years ago

Video: Fact check: Obama, Romney energy policies

(CNN) - CNN's Tom Foreman breaks down the candidates' energy policies.


Filed under: 2012 • Energy • Mitt Romney • President Obama
Romney: Energy independence by 2020
August 23rd, 2012
07:28 AM ET
2 years ago

Romney: Energy independence by 2020

New York (CNNMoney) - The campaign for presumed Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney laid out a plan Wednesday for America to be energy independent by 2020.

On an embargoed conference call with reporters, Romney staffers touched on familiar themes they said would wean the country off imported oil and spark an economic boom at home. Namely, they called for fewer regulations and more drilling.

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Filed under: Energy • Mitt Romney
August 14th, 2012
03:11 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama links Seamus to windmills

Oskaloosa, Iowa (CNN) – Kicking off the second day of his three-day bus tour across Iowa, President Obama shifted his message from drought relief to renewable energy, and even found a way to connect wind power to Mitt Romney's now-infamous dog Seamus.

Speaking in a state that gets 20 percent of its electricity from wind power, Obama on Tuesday criticized his Republican rival Mitt Romney for opposing tax credits for renewable energy companies.


Filed under: Energy • Mitt Romney • President Obama
The war over coal is personal
Amanda Sedgmer, with her kids in Hopedale, Ohio, worries about the survival of the coal industry and her family's way of life.
July 17th, 2012
08:58 AM ET
2 years ago

The war over coal is personal

Editor's note: Embed America is a partnership between CNN Radio and CNN iReport. This series tells the story of the 2012 U.S. presidential election through the people most critical to the campaigns: the voters. CNN Radio is traveling across the country to interview iReporters on election issues close to their hearts. These issues were named important by iReporters during phase 1 of the iReport Debate.

(CNN) - Amanda Sedgmer, mother of five and daughter of coal country, believes that in this presidential election, her way of life is at stake.

"If you ask anybody in the coal industry what would happen if Obama is re-elected, they'd say the coal industry is done," said Sedgmer, whose husband, Ryan, is a coal miner and whose family has depended on the industry for at least four generations.

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Filed under: 2012 • Energy
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