Mitt Romney ready to exploit all U.S. energy reserves; Rick Perry still climate change skeptic

As the Republican primary slowly heats up, the leading candidates are starting to define their energy plans they would implement if they are elected. At last night's debate, Texas Governor Rick Perry made his position clear: global warming is a crock (never mind the National Academy of Sciences, which said last year, "Climate change is occurring, is very likely caused primarily by human activities, and poses significant risks to humans and the environment."). Given Perry's standing at the top of most polls, it's worth pointing out that he also touted his state's record of cleaning up the air – while sort of skipping the part about how the federal government played a role and how Texas "still emits more carbon dioxide - the chief greenhouse gas - than any other state in the country, according to government data."

Another top contender, Mitt Romney, took to the pages of USAToday recently to basically say that he'd drill and exploit domestic oil, gas and coal resources to their "fullest extent." He'll also push for nuclear energy to go bigger. Romney wrote that America has lots of energy laying around, but, "thanks to environmental extremism, has chosen to live like an energy-poor country. That has to end."

Somehow, we find this all less inspiring that candidate Obama's call during his presidential run to put a million plug-in vehicles on the road by 2015. That target might not be met (but it still maybe could), but it's a better future than drill, baby, drill. Nonetheless, the Guardian warns us that "The world needs to prepare for a climate sceptic defeating Obama."

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