July 31st, 2007
11:37 AM ET
16 years ago

Richardson will speak on energy

New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson

DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) - New Mexico governor and Democratic presidential candidate Bill Richardson will tour southeast Iowa on Thursday for two days of events centering on energy. The campaign announced Tuesday that the former energy secretary will discuss his plan to boost domestic renewable fuel production and making America energy independent.

The eight stops of the tour are all being dubbed as "presidential job interviews" - Richardson's version of town hall meetings - and will begin in Eldridge, Iowa, on Thursday and conclude in Wapello on Friday.

–CNN Iowa Producer Chris Welch

Filed under: Bill Richardson • Iowa • Race to '08
soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Anon, MA

    Ten bucks says that if he were more attractive, he'd be perceived as a viable candidate.

    He's a hell of a candidate...governor, former energy secretary, ambassador...absolutely no one can top this experience, and it's all GOOD experience...

    July 31, 2007 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  2. Travis

    Finally something worth talking about!

    July 31, 2007 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    Speaking of energy, I have no energy to get up and vote for this guy.

    July 31, 2007 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  4. John and Pam Koehler St Charles,MO

    We've got to start looking at the person and their background experience and not just the outward appearance.
    This man is "right" for America as its next President!

    July 31, 2007 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  5. Expat Teacher, Washington, DC

    Richardson's discussion of energy independence is so vital to America's future and he is the only guy that sees how achieving a domestic source of energy is vital to our national security, manufacturing bases and economic interests.

    He's the best candidate, Democratic or Republican, for President and I encourage everyone to vote for him!

    July 31, 2007 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  6. DJ, Los Angeles

    Richardson is a solid governor and leader.

    He has the initiative and integrity that is completely absent in the White House.

    It is a noble effort to make the U.S. energy independent and put an end to the oil robber baron's exclusive monopoly.

    July 31, 2007 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    While I support Energy Independence, Im really hoping hes not one of those idiots who thinks ethanol is the answer.

    It takes more energy to produce ethanol than is actually produced. If it werent for the government subsidies, ethanol would have failed already. Furthermore, increased demand for corn to produce ethanol is driving up the price of gasoline, and food products that use corn (beef, milk, products that use corn as a sweetener etc). Thats not to mention the forests that are being lost to make room for corn feilds.

    July 31, 2007 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  8. Peter Orchard Park, NY

    I agree, this guy isn't going to make it...hopefully he will donate any money he gets to charity.

    July 31, 2007 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  9. ReadBtwthlins

    Record high oil prices signal another broken promise by the Democrats. ...and they don't seem to care anymore..
    Only fools think this Congress is any better than the last.

    July 31, 2007 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  10. RightyTighty

    When is he, or anyone else, going to do something meaningful about it?

    July 31, 2007 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  11. D. Pepper, Lake Forest, CA

    Be fair, guys. The Dems don't really have a majority in the Senate, or anywherre near the 60 votes needed to pass legislation. All they can do is propose, and hope the Replubics will vote "no" on bills that will make their constituents ask ackward questions when they go home on vacation.

    August 1, 2007 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  12. Rolando, Houston, Texas

    Richardson is a bone head. As a former Sec of Energy he should know that we need to encourage MORE oil & gas exploration and production in the US. More than 80% of the Fed offshore is off limits to drilling and 50% of the Intermountain West. Ethanol consumes as much energy as it produces and causes more pollution and CO2 emissions than gasoline from crude oil. We'd be better off eliminating tariffs on foreign ehtnaol and buying it from Brazil, where they make it from sugar cane. We need more nuclear power plants, oil refineries, hydroelectric and geothermal electricity. Lets build all of these in the US, keep high paying jobs here, and cut off the welfare to the so-called farmers.

    August 1, 2007 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |