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Energy-Vote Record Helps Make Obama This Student's Pick

In 2007, Colin Bunting of Guilford spent three days in Nashville learning from Al Gore how to give presentations on "An Inconvenient Truth," the award-winning film about climate change.

But Bunting refused to take what he heard for granted. His research found that some points in the movie "were a little exaggerated."

That didn't stop him from fulfilling his pledge to give presentations on the film the following year, part of Gore's campaign to spread the word about global warming. It also didn't change his mind on the issue.

"It's tough for guys like me who really want to get at the truth of it," he said. "For the most part, it's correct, and I believe its intention is good. We need to be more energy-conscious."

Bunting is now 20, a junior majoring in aeronautical engineering at Daniel Webster College in Nashua, N.H. He has applied the same nuts-and-bolts approach to the presidential race. He just filed an absentee ballot for Sen. Barack Obama.

For a paper on the energy policies of Obama and rival Sen. John McCain, Bunting checked their voting records in the U.S. Senate.

"Obama for the most part had voted for alternative energy and discontinuing any energy policy that would support using oil in general, including drilling in Alaska. I found pretty much the opposite with McCain.

"I think that the way to take care of energy independence is not to drill in Alaska but to create renewable energy sources we're not going to run out of. That was a deal-breaker ... for me."

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