Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Fred Thompson Now Supports Ethanol

Fred Thompson Food vs Fuel Ethanol Energy"Does he" or "Doesn't he"? Support ethanol, that is.

That was the question for former senator Fred Thompson on the campaign trail. It's probably no real surprise but the republican presidential candidate now sees the tremendous benefits of ethanol. In fact, he cited national and economic security (dead link) as reasons for his support of ethanol. In Iowa, of all places. Imagine that.

A quick check of his official campaign website finds that he supports a wide variety of energy sources:

Energy Security

The energy challenges our nation faces today are real and significant. Our dependence on foreign sources of oil threatens our national security and puts our economic prosperity at risk. America must rise to the challenge and take the steps necessary to become more energy independent before this becomes a crisis. No one solution will solve the energy challenges we face; all ideas must be on the table. Greater energy security will enhance our ability to pursue our foreign policy and national security objectives. Increasing our energy independence and investing in alternative energy sources will also produce a healthier environment. And while we don’t know for certain how or why climate change is occurring, it makes sense to take reasonable steps to reduce CO2 emissions without harming our economy. Overall, I am committed to:
  • A balanced approach to energy security that increases domestic supplies, reduces demand for oil and gas, and promotes alternative fuels and other diverse energy sources.
  • Investing in renewable and alternative fuels to promote greater energy independence and a cleaner environment.
  • An energy policy that invests in the advanced technologies of tomorrow and places more emphasis on conservation and energy efficiency.
  • Conducting research and development into technologies that improve the environment, especially the reduction of CO2 emissions.
As the presidential campaign heats up, there'll be more discussion on how the candidates' plans for energy resonate with voters. Stay tuned. And just a reminder, we do not and will not support any candidate. Our goal is only to highlight public positions taken by candidates regarding renewable energy.

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