|May 17, 2007--In a speech at a New America Foundation forum, Gov. Bill
Richardson (D-NM) vowed to be "the energy President." "I'm calling
for an energy and climate revolution," Richardson said. He set out
Richardson said it will be necessary for the American people to "sacrifice
for the common good."
sharply reduce oil imports through measures such as plug-in cars and increased
fuel efficiency standards;
achieve greater efficiency in the electrical sector, for example by mandating
that utilities increase renewables;
reduce greenhouse gases by at least 20 percent by 2020 starting with a
market-based cap-and-trade system;
capitalize on strengths in science and technology with a National Energy
Innovation Trust Fund; and
lead by example.