On The Issues: Biden vs. Palin

requirements. Energy

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Supports spending $50 billion over five years on new incentives for research into
alternative fuel and energy sources, renewable energy and new technologies

Would require 20% of the country’s electricity to come from clean, renewable
sources

Has worked to repeal tax giveaways to major energy companies currently making record
profits

Opposes expansion of offshore drilling Backed the creation of a $40 billion natural gas pipeline in Alaska

Supports offshore drilling

In 2006 she opposed a natural gas reserves tax. In Junes she proposed to give $1,200
per Alaskan as part of an energy relief plan. The bill was partially passed. Ethics

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Is under scrutiny for accepting legal aid from his son’s law and lobbying firm
totaling $140,000 for 2008

Since Obama has banned lobbyists from contributing to his campaign, Biden will no
longer be allowed to receive contributions from employees of his son’s lobbying
firm Oldaker, Biden & Belair.

Supports Obama’s push for public disclosure of lobbyists, and prohibiting them
from providing gifts to elected officials Overhauled Alaska’s ethics laws. Created the Petroleum Systems Integrity Office
to provide oversight and maintenance of oil and gas equipment, facilities and infrastructure

Palin is being investigated by the Alaska legislature for the illegal firing of the
Public Safety Commissioner. She has been uncooperative with the investigation. Immigration

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In 2007, Biden voted in support of a 700-mile fence along the U.S.-Mexico border.
“Our immigration system is broken and we have an obligation to work on it until
we fix it,” Biden says.

He supports allowing illegal immigrants citizenship under certain circumstances. In 2006, with an influx of Latino and Asian immigrants to Alaska, Palin said she’s
“reached out to those communities to determine their needs.”

She supports creating more vocational training and senior assistance programs, as
well as coordinating gang violence prevention and more state outreach to immigrant
communities.” Veterans

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In response to the Walter Reed Army Medical Center maltreatment of returning soldiers,
Biden successfully added a provision to the National Defense Reauthorization Act
for 2008. The provision prevents budget cuts to military medical facilities while
the nation is at war.

He supports simplifying the disability and claims processing system for veterans
to help with the backlog of claims. Supported strengthening awareness of veteran’s benefits and rights through Alaska’s
Permanent Fund Dividend Division. Second Amendment

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In 2007, authored a renewal on former president Clinton’s assault weapons ban
legislation. The bill has not passed. During the 2007 South Carolina democratic debate,
Biden called for a ban of the gun show loophole “so you can’t go into a gun
show and buy a gun that you couldn’t buy walking into a gun shop.” Palin is a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association. “I support our
Constitutional right to bear arms and am a proponent of gun safety programs for Alaska’s
youth,” she says. Iran

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Biden is the chairman of the U.S. Foreign Relations Committee. In a

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