The energy issue is especially important in Iowa. We must power our farms and factories and heat or cool our homes in a climate with wide extremes, and are paying higher prices for gas and electricity. To attack the energy problem, Barack Obama proposes to double federal funding over the next decade on the development of clean and efficient renewable energy sources. This push will generate many new jobs, and Iowa could benefit greatly as a center of the renewable energy industry.
John McCain proposes instead a freeze on funding, holding research on renewable energy at its present inadequate level and attempting to drill our way out of our energy problems. That approach that cannot be sustained as the nation's - and the world's - oil supplies dwindle. In contrast to Obama, he also intends to freeze the investments needed to solve the other challenges noted above. I urge you to consider these policy differences when voting.
Bernice Black Durand,
Cross Plains, Wis.