2008 Vice Presidential debate, at WUSTL: on Energy & Oil


Joe Biden: I have supported clean coal for 25 years

Q: Let me clear something up: Sen. Obama has said he supports clean coal technology, which I donít believe youíve always supported. Do you?

BIDEN: Absolutely. Absolutely we do. We call for setting hard targets.

Q: On clean coal?

BIDEN: My record for 25 years has supported clean coal technology. A comment made in a rope line was taken out of context. I was talking about exporting that technology to China so when they burn their dirty coal, it wonít be as dirty, it will be clean.

Source: 2008 Vice Presidential debate against Gov. Sarah Palin Oct 2, 2008

Joe Biden: Cause of global warming is clearly Man-made

Q: What is true and what is false about what we have heard about the causes of climate change?

PALIN: As governor of the nationís only Arctic state, Alaska feels & sees impacts of climate change more so than any other state. And we know that itís real. Iím not one to attribute every activity of man to the changes in the climate. There is something to be said also for manís activities, but also for the cyclical temperature changes on our planet. But there are real changes going on in our climate. And I donít want to argue about the causes. What I want to argue about is, how are we going to get there to positively affect the impacts?

BIDEN: Well, I think it is manmade. I think itís clearly manmade. If you donít understand what the cause is, itís virtually impossible to come up with a solution. We know what the cause is. The cause is manmade. Thatís the cause. Thatís why the polar icecap is melting.

Source: 2008 Vice Presidential debate against Gov. Sarah Palin Oct 2, 2008

Joe Biden: Obama believes in investing in alternative energy

BIDEN: We have 3 percent of the worldís oil reserves. We consume 25% of the oil. John has voted 20 times in the last decade-and-a-half against funding alternative energy sources, clean energy sources, wind, solar, biofuels. Obama believes by investing in clean coal and safe nuclear, we can not only create jobs in wind and solar here, we can export it.

PALIN: I was the first governor to form a climate change sub-cabinet to start dealing with the impacts. Weíve got to reduce emissions. John McCain is right there with an ďall of the aboveĒ approach to deal with climate change impacts. As we rely more on other countries that donít care as much about the climate as we do, weíre allowing them to produce and to emit and even pollute more than America would ever stand for. Itís all the more reason that we have an ďall of the aboveĒ approach, tapping into alternative sources of energy and conserving fuel, conserving our petroleum products and our hydrocarbons so that we can clean up this planet

Source: 2008 Vice Presidential debate against Sarah Palin Oct 2, 2008

Sarah Palin: All-of-the-above approach to deal with climate change

PALIN: I was the first governor to form a climate change sub-cabinet to start dealing with the impacts. Weíve got to reduce emissions. John McCain is right there with an ďall of the aboveĒ approach to deal with climate change impacts. As we rely more on other countries that donít care as much about the climate as we do, weíre allowing them to produce and to emit and even pollute more than America would ever stand for. Itís all the more reason that we have an ďall of the aboveĒ approach, tapping into alternative sources of energy and conserving fuel, conserving our petroleum products and our hydrocarbons so that we can clean up this planet.

BIDEN: We have 3% of the worldís oil reserves. We consume 25% of the oil. John has voted 20 times in the last decade-and-a-half against funding alternative energy sources, clean energy sources, wind, solar, biofuels. Obama believes by investing in clean coal and safe nuclear, we can not only create jobs in wind and solar here, we can export it.

Source: 2008 Vice Presidential debate against Joe Biden Oct 2, 2008

Sarah Palin: Drill, baby, drill

BIDEN: We have 3% of the worldís oil reserves. We consume 25% of the oil. John has voted 20 times in the last decade-and-a-half against funding alternative energy sources, clean energy sources, wind, solar, biofuels. McCain thinks, I guess, the only answer is drill, drill, drill. Drill we must, but itíll take ten years before any [new drilling delivers oil].

PALIN: The chant is ďdrill, baby, drill.Ē Thatís what we hear across this country in our rallies because people are hungry for those domestic sources of energy to be tapped into. They know that even in my own energy-producing state we have billions of barrels of oil and hundreds of trillions of cubic feet of clean, green natural gas. Barack Obama and Sen. Biden, youíve said no to everything in trying to find a domestic solution to the energy crisis. You even called drilling -- safe, environmentally-friendly drilling offshore as raping the outer continental shelf.

Source: 2008 Vice Presidential debate against Joe Biden Oct 2, 2008

Sarah Palin: I do support capping carbon emissions

Q: Let me clear something up: Sen. McCain has said he supports caps on carbon emissions. Sen. Obama has said he supports clean coal technology, which I donít believe youíve always supported. Do you support capping carbon emissions?

PALIN: I do. I do.

BIDEN: Absolutely. Absolutely we do. We call for setting hard targets.

Q: On clean coal?

BIDEN: My record for 25 years has supported clean coal technology. A comment made in a rope line was taken out of context.

Source: 2008 Vice Presidential debate against Sen. Joe Biden Oct 2, 2008

Sarah Palin: Exxon & Conoco are not my biggest fan

BIDEN: Weíre not going to support the $300 billion tax cut that they have for corporate America and the very wealthy. Weíre not going to support another $4 billion tax cut for ExxonMobil.

PALIN: Sen. Biden, you would remember that, in that energy plan that Obama voted for, thatís what gave those oil companies those big tax breaks. Your running mate voted for that. You know what I had to do in the state of Alaska? I had to take on those oil companies and tell them, ďNo,Ē you know, any of the greed there that has been kind of instrumental, I guess, in their mode of operation, that wasnít going to happen in my state. And thatís why Exxon and ConocoPhillips, theyíre not my biggest fans, because what I had to do up there in Alaska was to break up a monopoly up there and say, you know, the people are going to come first and weíre going to make sure that we have value given to the people of Alaska with those resources.

Source: 2008 Vice Presidential debate against Sen. Joe Biden Oct 2, 2008

Sarah Palin: Nonsensical to leave domestic supply untapped

BIDEN: I agree with the governor: She imposed a windfall profits tax up there in Alaska. Thatís what Barack Obama and I want to do.

PALIN: When we talk about energy, we have to consider the need to do all that we can to allow this nation to become energy independent. Itís a nonsensical position that we are in when we have domestic supplies of energy all over this great land. And East Coast politicians who donít allow energy-producing states like Alaska to produce these, to tap into them, & instead weíre relying on foreign countries to produce for us. Weíre circulating about $700 billion a year into foreign countries, some who do not like America--they certainly donít have our best interests at heart--instead of those dollars circulating here, creating thousands of jobs and allowing domestic supplies of energy to be tapped into and start flowing into these very, very hungry markets. Energy independence is the key to this nationís future, to our economic future, and to our national security.

Source: 2008 Vice Presidential debate against Sen. Joe Biden Oct 2, 2008

Sarah Palin: Cyclical temperature changes affect climate change

Q: What is true and what is false about what we have heard about the causes of climate change?

PALIN: As governor of the nationís only Arctic state, Alaska feels & sees impacts of climate change more so than any other state. And we know that itís real. Iím not one to attribute every activity of man to the changes in the climate. There is something to be said also for manís activities, but also for the cyclical temperature changes on our planet. But there are real changes going on in our climate. And I donít want to argue about the causes. What I want to argue about is, how are we going to get there to positively affect the impacts? We have got to clean up this planet. We have got to encourage other nations also to come along with us with the impacts of climate change, what we can do about that.

BIDEN: Well, I think itís clearly manmade. If you donít understand what the cause is, itís virtually impossible to come up with a solution. We know what the cause is. The cause is manmade.

Source: 2008 Vice Presidential debate against Sen. Joe Biden Oct 2, 2008

  • The above quotations are from 2008 Vice Presidential debate, Gov. Sarah Palin (R, AK) vs. Sen. Joe Biden (D, DE), at Washington University in St. Louis Missouri.
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