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As each party’s primary contest heats up, it’s turning into quite the show.  Each candidate throwing insults and accusations not only across party lines, but within their own house.  As each of us seek to find the right choice for America’s future, it’s often hard to filter out the rhetoric and actually see where each of them stand.  And since the next president will have a significant impact on how America produces, uses, and distributes energy, here is a summary and list of resources to understand each candidate’s stance on energy.


For the Republicans, the four remaining candidates have slightly differing views on climate change; however, none bases his energy policies exclusively on it.  Donald Trump appears the biggest opponent of climate change, having called global warming a “hoax” and tweeting that the Chinese started the global warming ruse “in order to make US manufacturing non-competitive.”  Sen. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio are generally opposed to the idea of global warming being man-made, and support the notion that it is natural phenomenon, and laws passed to address it will only generate adverse effects to our economy.  Governor John Kasich’s views run somewhat against the grain of the Republican Party in that he believes climate change is a problem, but he doesn’t support curbing the use of fossil fuels. 


All four support building the Keystone pipeline, are weary of aggressive EPA regulations, support the regulation of energy production at the state and local level, and want to spur economic growth by increasing American energy production and reducing our reliance on foreign sources. Perhaps it could be summed up as not necessarily the most environmentally friendly stance, but embracing the positive potential of America’s energy abundance which would also result in lower energy costs.


Here are some links to each candidate’s website, discussing their take on the future of U.S. Energy:






Generally speaking, the Democrats are looking for more government involvement.  They would like more government-led investment and federal regulation.  Their stance is that climate change is a man-made crisis caused by the use of fossil fuels.  Both remaining candidates would generally look to continue President Obama’s lead in regard to federal regulations and support of the EPA’s effort to encourage the use of renewable energies.  Over all, the Democrats approach can be summed up as moving away from the current fossil fuel energy model toward a more environmentally friendly renewable energy model although this would most likely result in higher costs for end consumers.


Here are some links to each candidate’s website, discussing their take on the future of U.S. Energy:




So there you have it.  All the information you need straight from the mouths of each candidate on what their energy plan is for America if they become president.  So get out there and support the candidate you feel best represents your beliefs on the future of energy and oil.



Additionally here is a summary of all candidates for your review: