CNN 2015 GOP primary debate: on Energy & Oil

Ben Carson: Smart way in Mideast is to declare energy independence

I didn't suggest that nothing be done [about the Mideast after 9/11]. What I suggested to President Bush is to be Kennedy-esque, in the sense that when the Russians got ahead of us in the space race, what we did is use the bully pulpit to galvanize everybody, business, industry, academia behind a national goal to put a man on the moon and bring him back safely.

I said, "You can do the same kind of thing. Declare that within five to 10 years we will become petroleum independent." The moderate Arab states would have been so concerned about that, they would have turned over Osama bin Laden and anybody else you wanted on a silver platter within two weeks.

There are smart ways to do things and there are muscular ways to do things. And sometimes you have to look at both of those to come up with the right solution.

Source: 2015 Republican two-tiered primary debate on CNN Sep 16, 2015

Chris Christie: Get nuclear power plants back on the table

Look at what we have done in New Jersey. We have already reached our clean air goals for 2020. And when I was governor, I pulled out of the regional cap and trade deal, the only state in the Northeast that did that. And we still reached our goals.

Why? Because 53% of our electricity comes from nuclear. We use natural gas. We use solar power. We're the 3rd-highest-using solar power state. You know why? Because we made all of those things economically feasible.

We shouldn't be destroying our economy in order to chase some wild left-wing idea that somehow us by ourselves is going to fix the climate. We can contribute to that and be economically sound.

We have proven we can do that in New Jersey. Nuclear needs to be back on the table in a significant way in this country if we want to go after this problem.

Source: 2015 Republican two-tiered primary debate on CNN Sep 16, 2015

Marco Rubio: Addressing global warming would destroy our economy

Q: When Reagan was president, there were dire warnings about the ozone layer shrinking. Reagan urged skeptics to come up with a plan and "do it as an insurance policy in case the scientists are right." Why not take out an insurance policy?

RUBIO: Because we're not going to destroy our economy. We are not going to make America a harder place to create jobs in order to pursue policies that will do absolutely nothing: nothing to change our climate, to change our weather. So the bottom line is, I am not in favor of any policies that make America a harder place for people to live, or to work, or to raise their families.

Q: So would you call yourself a skeptic of climate change?

RUBIO: You can measure the climate. That's not the issue we're discussing. Here is what I'm skeptical of. I'm skeptical of the decisions that the left wants us to make. They will not do a thing to lower the rise of the sea. But what they will do is they will make America a more expensive place to create jobs.

Source: 2015 Republican two-tiered primary debate on CNN Sep 16, 2015

Scott Walker: Climate change action reduces manufacturing jobs

This is an issue where, we're talking about my state, thousands of manufacturing jobs [are at risk]. Thousands of manufacturing jobs for a rule the Obama administration's own EPA has said will have a marginal impact on climate change.
Source: 2015 Republican two-tiered primary debate on CNN Sep 16, 2015

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