By Yvonne B.Sweeney & Alana Beltzer

Democratic Presidential Candidate John Edwards spoke to the Bruin Democratic Club on March 5th, at UCLA.

He devoted a part of his stump speech to alternate energy calling for transformational change to end the U.S. addiction to oil. He noted that the United States for four percent of the world’s population and we produce nearly a quarter of the world’s greenhouse gases.

He called for more investment in clean energy such as wind, solar and biofuels. And he said the government must make it a patriotic duty to conserve and mandate the production of more fuel efficient vehicles.

Edwards also proposed a national cap on CO2 emissions although he did not specify how this could be accomplished.

Since much of what happens in the field of alternative fuels has a political component, we will cover candidate proposals when they are applicable.