Energy & Environment
Initially opposed lifting federal restrictions on offshore drilling, but has since backtracked. Now supports "a process that will allow us to make future drilling decisions based on science and fact."
Opposes energy exploration in the pristine Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in northeastern Alaska.
Opposed McCain’s summer gas-tax holiday proposal.
Puts his environmental platform high on his policy agenda. Promises to re-engage with the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) -- the main international forum dedicated to addressing the problem. Also promises to create a Global Energy Forum of the world’s largest emitters to focus on the issue.
Proposes an economy-wide cap-and-trade program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050. Cap-and-trade involves providing economic incentives for reductions in the emissions of pollutants.