The following is from the July 10, 2008, edition of McClatchy Newspapers. Bruce Bullock, director of SMU's Maguire Energy Institute, provided expert commentary for this story.
By David Lightman
WASHINGTON — John McCain and Barack Obama are offering voters very different views of America's energy future.
Obama envisions the federal government funding alternative energy development and mandating lower fuel consumption. McCain sees a less direct federal role, relying on government incentives and market forces to boost energy supplies and promote efficiency.
Both candidates are similar in one respect: They pledge a comprehensive overhaul of energy policy. But they offer sharply divergent paths that analysts often find confounding and impractical.
"They both have ambitious goals, but less than ambitious means," said Bruce Bullock, the director of Southern Methodist University's Maguire Energy Institute. . .
"There's no silver bullet that will bring prices down," Bullock said.
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