"Vast majority of focus will be on Keystone XL & Solyndra with POTUS on defense. With oil & gas driving the economy right now (especially in battleground states like CO, OH, PA) there's not going to be much focus on "clean" energy."
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With gas prices dropping, which will be the most prevalent energy campaign issue?
- clean energy 12.5%
- offshore drilling 7.5%
- natural gas drilling/fracking regulations 15%
- subsidies for oil and gas companies 20%
- other (please specify) 45%
"Both candidates will focus on clean energy the most - Romney because he (now, hypocritically) smells blood, and Obama because he actually has a strong record to stand on -- and because Americans, despite hundreds of millions spent by conservatives to date, prefer clean to dirty energy."
"The highest polling issue after gasoline prices is clean energy, which Americans overwhelmingly support."
"Subsidies for oil and gas are an old target. Natural gas/fracking is a state issue (despite Republicans trying to take it national). Offshore drilling is only relevant for some states (OH? NV? IA?) but clean energy is everywhere and growing. Stolid support for only oil and gas doesn't appeal to independents or moderates -- populations you have to win nationally to be elected."
"All politics are local and voters in Gulf states will know that their economies could have been better if permitting had not been slowed."
natural gas drilling/fracking regulations
"The environmentalists have a new agenda item (now that the biggest power plant regulations are substantively done) and that's the environmental threat of hydraulic fracturing. If new regulations slow down the pace of drilling and increase its costs, that will help renewables, who are facing huge headwinds from modestly priced natural gas."
"This is becoming a very local issue which is why it may matter more than others...."