Democratic presidential candidate unveils ambitious energy plan
Today we bring you part 16 of “Promising Energy Policies Put Forth By U.S. Presidential Candidates Who Don’t Have a Chance in Hell of Getting Elected.” This week, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson (D) has been touting his plan for battling global warming. Yesterday, saying the country needs something as bold as JFK’s “man-on-the-moon” program, Richardson said he is “calling for a new American revolution — an energy and climate revolution.” The one person listening got really excited as Richardson outlined his plan, which includes increasing fuel economy to 50 miles per gallon by 2020, slashing greenhouse-gas emissions by about 80 percent, significantly cutting foreign-oil imports, and “a massive public and private investment — yes, tax dollars — in promoting renewable technologies.” The press rushed to point out that the former U.S. Energy secretary has six-figure stock holdings in a Texas-based oil refining company, holdings Richardson would rid himself of if elected. Which: see first sentence.