Where Do Obama and Romney Stand on the Green Issues?

Here's a quick look at the facts you need to know on where the president and the presumptive GOP nominee stand on energy issues and the environment (5 Photos)

Joanne Bamberger on Apr 18, 2012 at 3:39PM

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The Green Issue: Gas Prices

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a Joanne Bamberger on Apr 18, 2012 at 3:36PM

President Obama -- The president says fuel-efficient cars are the answer to our worries about gas prices. His administration has called for better fuel efficiency standards, saying that American auto manufacturers are scheduled to be building cars by 2025 that get an average of 55 miles per gallon. The president has recently called for increased oil production, which some say would reduce gas prices. However, American oil production is already at the highest level since 2003, and domestic production doesn’t necessarily have an impact on prices the way volatility of foreign production does.

Mitt Romney -- Romney has not claimed, as his opponent Newt Gingrich has, that he will magically reduce the price of gas to $2.50 a gallon if elected. Romney’s plan to reduce gas prices is based on a combination of increased domestic production and less government regulation on oil production. On the campaign trail, Romney has claimed that the Obama administration is to blame for high prices at the pump, but has failed to offer specific reasons. Even though Romney is now saying we should take measures to bring down gas prices, as Governor of Massachusetts he rejected a call for cutting gas taxes to help consumers. In his 2010 book, No Apology, he said that gradual energy price increases could create incentives to conserve oil that conservatives could embrace.

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