Op-Ed: U.S. Energy Policy Hangs in the Balance in 2016 Presidential Election

first_imgOp-Ed: U.S. Energy Policy Hangs in the Balance in 2016 Presidential Election FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享David Ignatius for the Washington Post:So much of America’s future is at stake in the 2016 presidential election. But let’s focus for a moment on just one area — energy and the environment — where the Obama administration has made startling progress that could be reversed if either of the GOP front-runners becomes president.Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, arguably President Obama’s best Cabinet appointment, has been leading a quiet revolution in clean-energy technology. Innovation is transforming this industry, costs are plummeting and entrepreneurs are devising radical new systems that create American jobs — in addition to protecting the planet.The leading GOP candidates, Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), offer know-nothing denials of this march of science. Trump told The Post last month that all that’s happening is “a change in weather. I am not a great believer in man-made climate change.” Cruz told an audience in New Hampshire in January that “climate change is the perfect pseudoscientific theory,” propounded by “big-government politician[s].” If either is elected president, you have to assume he will try to gut clean-energy programs.Full commentary: America’s next president must continue Obama’s progress on clean energylast_img