State of Minnesota secondary Archives: on Energy & Oil


Heather Johnson: Push green living instead of tax breaks for SUVs & Big Oil

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

A: Yes, libertarians support businesses that wish to cultivate green living, organic foods, and sustainable living. We are aware that the government has supported special favors for large corporate farms, big oil, mining, and coal without also granting that same kind of favor to green living efforts. I recall in the early 2000s, the federal government actually created tax breaks for SUVs while penalizing purchases of hybrids.

Source: E-mail interview on 2014 MN Senate race with OnTheIssues.org Aug 18, 2014

Kurt Bills: Replace subsidies for oil companies with free market

Bills and Klobuchar did manage to agree on the need to end public subsidies for oil companies, but they again diverged on the necessity of federal renewable energy standards.

Klobuchar argued that the standards have aided the country's shift away from dependence on foreign oil. Bills contended that a free market approach--moving away from mandates and subsidies--would ultimately lead to a more vibrant economy.

"D.C. is booming because of borrowed and printed money," he said, citing instead the deregulation of agriculture in New Zealand. "We want our economy to boom because of agriculture."

Source: MinnPost.com on 2012 MN Senate debate Aug 8, 2012

Kurt Bills: Replace subsidies for oil companies with renewable standards

Bills and Klobuchar did manage to agree on the need to end public subsidies for oil companies, but they again diverged on the necessity of federal renewable energy standards.

Klobuchar argued that the standards have aided the country's shift away from dependence on foreign oil. Bills contended that a free market approach--moving away from mandates and subsidies--would ultimately lead to a more vibrant economy.

"D.C. is booming because of borrowed and printed money," he said, citing instead the deregulation of agriculture in New Zealand. "We want our economy to boom because of agriculture."

Source: MinnPost.com on 2012 MN Senate debate Aug 8, 2012

Al Franken: Tax credits for wind-power, not for oil companies

The candidates also agreed that the country must work toward energy independence, with Coleman citing wind-power tax credits and other initiatives he helped pass in Congress, and Franken and Barkley criticizing him for voting for a bill that included tax credits for oil companies.

Turning to Coleman, Franken said: “There was no reason to do that to get wind credits unless you had senators who took money from big oil companies.”

Source: 2008 MN Senate Debate reported in Star Tribune Oct 17, 2008

Norm Coleman: Helped pass wind-power tax credits for energy independence

The candidates also agreed that the country must work toward energy independence, with Coleman citing wind-power tax credits and other initiatives he helped pass in Congress, and Franken and Barkley criticizing him for voting for a bill that included tax credits for oil companies.

Turning to Coleman, Franken said: “There was no reason to do that to get wind credits unless you had senators who took money from big oil companies.”

Source: 2008 MN Senate Debate reported in Star Tribune Oct 17, 2008

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