Marchand: The gas tax is not desirable. But I believe when you can attach the revenue stream to the use of the revenue stream, that's a more transparent system. The business leaders I've talked to over the years also identified infrastructure as a priority. For now, the gas tax is one of the most direct tools in the toolbox. It is something I still have on the table because I think infrastructure is one of the biggest barriers we face to economic growth if we do not address and updated electric grid, ensured drinking water, improved Internet access particularly in rural areas, and improving our roads and bridges. Conservative business people tell me "why would I invest in New Hampshire, if New Hampshire doesn't invest in New Hampshire," and they meant these infrastructure issues.
CLINTON: Well, I don't accept that premise. I think that we've got so much business we have to do. We've talked a lot tonight about what we're against. But I'm for a lot of things. I don't want to just stop bad things from happening, I want to start good things from happening. And I believe, if I'm so fortunate to get the nomination, I will begin to work immediately on putting together an agenda, beginning to talk with members of Congress and others about how we can push forward. I want to have half a billion more solar panels deployed, the first four years. I want to have enough clean energy to power every home the next four years. I want us to keep working on the Affordable Care Act, to get not only to 100 percent coverage, but bring down the costs of prescription drugs and out-of-pocket costs.
Connolly doesn't support the current Northern Pass proposal to run a 192-mile transmission line through New Hampshire. He said more of the project should be buried.
On the proposed Kinder Morgan natural gas pipeline, Connolly said the project shouldn't be built if the energy developer can't convince local communities the pipeline should come through. "We have to have the communities accept any kind of infrastructure in their towns," he said.
Smith: Strongly Disagree
Brown's campaign defended the candidate's visit to Capitol Hill days before the Senate voted on the energy efficiency bill. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) had offered Republicans a stand-alone vote on the Keystone XL pipeline if the energy efficiency bill passed, but Brown expressed concerns that Keystone wasn't going to be included as an amendment.
New Hampshire recently spent $450 million on scrubbers that make burning coal much cleaner at Merrimack Station. Yet unless we send common-sense congressmen and senators to Washington, those good jobs and our household utility bills are still at risk.
Obama and the "climate-change" imaginers rely solely on predictive computer models as their only basis for blaming humans for global warming. Yet those computer models fail to predict temperatures in the real world. The models don't work. However, the computers models are the only reason to believe that human activities affect climate. We know the models are defective, but there is nothing else.
SANTORUM: I was known in Washington, D.C., as a "cause guy." I care deeply about this country and about the causes that I think are at the core of this country. When I left the US Senate, I got involved in causes that I believe in. I was asked by a health care company to be on their board of directors. Now, I don't know whether you think board of directors are lobbyists. They're not. I also worked for a coal company. When I left the Senate, one of the big issues on the table was cap-and-trade, global warming, and I wanted to stay involved in the fray. So I contacted a local coal company from my area, and I said, look, I want to join you in that fight. I want to work together with you. I want to help you in any way I can to make sure we defeat cap-and-trade. And so I engaged in that battle. And I'm very proud to have engaged in that battle.
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