December 13, 2007: Democratic debate quotes (AP)

  • _On energy independence: “I think fuel efficiency standards in this country should be 50 miles per gallon, not 35. I think that’s pathetic. I think we need to have 30 percent renewable sources in all our electricity by the year 2020. … Reduce our consumption of oil by 50 percent by having flex-fuel vehicles — 50 miles per gallon. Also we need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. And I would do so by 90 percent with a cap-and-trade program. But, most importantly, it’s going to take the American people. And it’s going to take a president on a bully pulpit asking the American people to sacrifice a little bit, and I will. And that means being more sensitive to mass transit, to appliances, to air conditioning, to the way we live. And if we all do this without mandates, but we all do this, we can reduce our dependence on foreign oil, which is enormously unhealthy.” Copyright © 2007 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. The information contained in the AP News report may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without the prior written authority of The Associated Press.