US Election note: Energy policy after 2012

US Election note: Energy policy after 2012 / Josh Freed and Ryan Fitzpatrick. Chatham House, October 2012, 8 p.

Summary points (© Chatham House) :

• Thanks to continued partisan gridlock, major congressional action on energy is unlikely after the 2012 elections. However, this could change if there is a deal to address the budget deficit or if one party makes significant gains in seats.
• Domestic oil and natural gas production will continue to grow under either Barack Obama or Mitt Romney.
• A second Obama administration would be likely to seek to accelerate the commercialization and deployment of clean energy through a mix of tax incentives, encouraging private financing, and regulation of conventional and climate pollutants.
• A Romney administration would be likely to focus on increasing domestic conventional energy production by reducing environmental regulation, particularly on coal-burning power plants, and opening more public land to oil and natural gas development. Excluding basic research, government incentives for clean energy would be likely to be eliminated.

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Danièle Revel (2012, 18 octobre). US Election note: Energy policy after 2012. Veille énergie climat. Consulté le 25 juin 2024, à l’adresse

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