Separating the ‘Heroes’ and ‘Villains’ of Energy

American Energy Alliance Launches Presidential Candidates Energy Tracker

WASHINGTON — Today, the American Energy Alliance launched a 2016 Presidential Candidates Energy Scorecard. This new platform ranks candidates based on their positions on key energy issues and whether or not they embrace free-market policies.

The key issues include President Obama’s carbon regulations, the wind Production Tax Credit (PTC), the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), and various other energy issues. Candidates can earn a cumulative score of up to 20 points and will fall into one of the following categories:

American Energy Hero – Leading the charge for energy policies that protect American families (20 – 16)

American Energy Defender – Consistent defender for energy policies that protect American families (15 – 11)

American Energy Doubter – Inconsistent or unclear record in support of energy policies that protect American families (10 – 6)

American Energy Villain – Harms American families with top-down, government-centric approaches to energy policy (5 – 0)

AEA President Thomas Pyle issued the following statement:

“This first-of-its-kind scorecard shows voters where the presidential candidates stand on key energy issues, including Obama’s costly carbon regulation, corporate welfare for wind lobbyists, and federal ethanol mandates.

“This scorecard is not set in stone. Candidates have an opportunity to move up or down in the rankings based on how the campaign proceeds. Some of the candidates have taken heroic stands for American energy, some promote villainous policies that harm the poor and middle class, while others have unclear or mixed records.

“Ultimately, the goal is to help the public hold the candidates accountable not just for their words, but also for their actions.”

Click here to see where the 2016 candidates stand.


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