In a new endorsement interview with the Des Moines Register released Wednesday, President Barack Obama argues that a combination of green energy and natural gas development has produced Iowa jobs and will drive economic recovery in the battleground state.
Obama's comments don't reveal new proposals. But they show his belief that Iowans will respond positively to the energy policies that have been attacked by Republican challenger Mitt Romney as a waste of taxpayer money and a roadblock to domestic fossil fuel production.
In their final debate Monday night, President Barack Obama was unmistakably on offense, but offered few new energy policy details. Mitt Romney, on the other hand, was decidedly muted in tone but offered new insights on his plans for clean energy investment and sanctioning Iran's oil industry.
Romney made some news during a defense of his 2008 call for the Big Three automakers to go through bankruptcy without a taxpayer bailout, saying he opposes "investing" in energy sector companies. Such a position would rule out future loan guarantees.
In the final presidential debate, Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney declared Monday night he would oppose direct government investments in clean energy and other private companies, his most forceful response yet to the Solyndra bankruptcy that cast a shadow over federal loan guarantees.
Drawing contrasts with President Barack Obama, Romney suggested his support for clean energy support would be limited to technology research and not aiding specific companies. "We're going to have to have a president, however, that doesn't think that somehow the government investing in car companies like Tesla and Fisker, making electric battery cars, this is not research, Mr. President," Romney said.
Responding to attacks that President Obama has failed to give proper attention to climate change, the Obama campaign sent an email to environmental groups noting the instances that the president has addressed the issue, The Hill reports.
The third and final debate between President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney on Monday night is being billed as a foreign policy discussion, which seems natural to cause a tussle over global oil supplies and U.S. foreign oil dependence.
But with Romney focused in recent days on the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and Obama ready to tout his record of ending the wars in Iran and Afghanistan and killing of Osama bin Laden, watch for energy to play at best a supporting role to bigger arguments.
Republicans may be joining the ranks of Democrats in calling for cuts to oil subsidies after the election, Politico reports. House Energy and Commerce Chairman Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., most notably argued that the subsidies should be eliminated completely.
Three GOP presidential hopefuls - Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky., Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Marco Rubio, R-Fla. - are co-sponsoring a bill to block the Environmental Protection Agency's Waters of the United States rule, The Hill reports. Paul announced the bill Friday.
A report from the center-right think tank American Action Forum estimates that the Environmental Protection Agency's power plant carbon rules could eventually force more than 90 coal-fired plants to retire and cost the economy nearly 300,000 jobs, The Washington Times reports.