Both candidates have almost polar opposite views on how to fund and structure energy innovation policy even while supporting the same no-regrets climate narrative. It’s clear that President Obama would continue supporting energy innovation programs like R&D, scale-up, and technology demonstration if re-elected, though questions remain as to whether much needed policy reforms, such as re-thinking clean energy deployment policies, would be a priority. Governor Romney envisions a much more drastic break from the energy innovation policies of the past four years. He would potentially cut energy research across the board and focus on basic research and ARPA-E. He also emphasizes eliminating public support for clean energy deployment rather than coming up with better ways of supporting emerging technologies and fails to mention technology transfer or government procurement.
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April 18, 2013