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Green energy through private companies, not government

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Prioritize green energy"?

A: I would let private concerns prioritize green energy development. Regarding other nations' emissions, that is a Federal domain, and I take it seriously enough to make [the Environmental Protection Agency] a new cabinet-level department. Government funding is never as effective as private funding. Witness our wayward investments in A123, Abound Solar, Beacon Power, Fisker Automotive, Nevada Geothermal, and Solyndra. If a renewable energy idea is feasible IT WILL GET FUNDED PRIVATELY. Relying on grants steers money away from meritorious labs/firms towards labs/firms that are adept politically.

Source: Email interview on 2016 presidential race by OnTheIssues.org , Dec 3, 2015

Anthropomorphic climate change is unproven, but let's reduce

Though anthropomorphic climate change is unproven (scientists had to fake data in 2008 to make their case) it's worth trying to reduce our pollution. I happen to like carbon "vacuuming" technology to reduce our atmospheric carbon.
Source: Email interview on 2016 presidential race by OnTheIssues.org , Dec 3, 2015

Fan of nuclear power

Traditional energy, if done well, need not be swept away. I remain a fan of nuclear power. Half the cost and 75% of the time it takes to build a plant owes to fighting needless bureaucratic delays. With improved waste storage, I think we can emulate France in becoming majority nuclear-powered. Fracking and gas transmission can be done well. If citizens keep their eyes open, and responsibly report environmental depredations, we all win.
Source: Email interview on 2016 presidential race by OnTheIssues.org , Dec 3, 2015

I like Keystone

Because of all the attention, the Keystone XL pipeline is likely to be built and operated very safely. I like Keystone, so long as rights are acquired by purchase and not eminent domain actions. Landowner objections win; developers must go around them. That Fifth Amendment property right is inviolable. "Kelo v. New London" provides BAD support; Kelo was the second worst decision of my adult life. Big private interests can't use government as a bludgeon to trample on small citizens.
Source: Email interview on 2016 presidential race by OnTheIssues.org , Dec 3, 2015

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