How green is your candidate? Info on the 2008 presidential contenders
A look at Chris Dodd’s environmental platform and record
Platform & Record In-Depth
- Opposes oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
- Believes nuclear power should be considered as one option to help reduce global warming. Has expressed worries about nuclear waste and says more R&D must go into finding a safe way to dispose of it.
- Calls for government support of ethanol, cellulosic ethanol, biobutanol, and other biofuels with the goal of using 8.5 billion gallons of biofuel in U.S. cars and homes by 2008, increasing to 36 billion gallons by 2022. Says biofuels must be produced in a way that drives down carbon emissions from production to use, and calls for “an increasing portion” of them to be advanced biofuels like cellulosic ethanol by 2016.
- Calls for a freeze in U.S. electricity consumption by 2010, made possible by efficiency.
- Would tighten efficiency standards for appliances, light bulbs, and other consumer products in order to save energy.
- Calls for eliminating dependency on Mideast oil by 2015.
- Would impose high energy-efficiency standards on all new federal government buildings, and retrofit older buildings with the latest energy-efficiency technologies. Cosponsor of bills that would make government-owned buildings more energy-efficient.
- Calls for all new federal government vehicles to be hybrid or electric, run on E85 or other biofuels, or use other clean, alternative technologies.
- Calls for incentives and tax rebates for Americans who purchase highly efficient automobiles.
- Wants to launch a training program that will teach electricians, automobile mechanics, plumbers, and construction workers to install, repair, and maintain energy-efficient goods.
- Calls for bolstering mass-transit systems across the country.
- Wants to make the Production Tax Credit permanent for clean and renewable sources of energy.
- Cosponsor of the Clean Air Planning Act of 2007, which would implement a cap-and-trade system to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxides, and sulfur dioxide from electric utilities and would also cap mercury emissions.
- Cosponsored the Vehicle and Fuel Choices for American Security Act in 2006, which called for cutting America’s oil consumption by 2.5 million barrels a day within a decade, and 10 million barrels a day by 2031. In 2005, U.S. consumption was 20 million barrels a day. Dodd is not a cosponsor of the current version of the bill.
- Cosponsor of the Windfall Profits Rebate Act of 2005, which would have imposed a temporary “windfall profits” tax on oil companies and refunded the money to Americans through income-tax rebates.
- Voted against the final version of the 2005 Energy Policy Act, a sweeping, oil-friendly energy bill opposed by enviros. The act passed, and Bush signed it into law in August 2005.
- In 2003, voted in favor of an amendment to the 2003 energy bill to increase fuel-economy standards for passenger cars to 40 mpg by 2014.
- In 2002, voted against storing nuclear waste at the Yucca Mountain repository now being built in southern Nevada.
Still Haven’t Gotten Enough?
- Read Dodd’s energy and climate plan on his campaign website.
- Read Dodd’s official bio.
- Check out the DoddPod. (It’s not environmental, but it’s fun.)
What did we miss? Tell us below in comments. We’ll update this page as the presidential campaign continues.
Kate Sheppard and Todd Hymas Samkara contributed to this fact sheet.