Republican Presidential Primary Contenders and their Energy Policies

  • Following a year of tumultuous energy debates and volatile oil prices, a comprehensive national energy policy has never been more urgent. This Intelligence Report details the energy platforms of all Republican Presidential Primary candidates for the conscientious policy wonk, ordered by their performance in the Iowa Caucuses.
  • The GOP candidates are emphasizing increased domestic production by opening up federal lands for offshore and unconventional drilling, relaxing EPA regulations on energy production, and eliminating or reforming subsidies for renewable energy technologies.
  • The candidates differ in their views on tax breaks for oil and gas producers, and their plans to restructure or eliminate the EPA. Two candidates support tax credits for alternative energy sources, and Huntsman is alone in advocating modernization of the smart grid to enable future generations of electric vehicles. Their platforms also vary widely in scope and detail.