Franken acknowledged that he voted "to not circumvent the regulatory process," but said he also voted for a proposal that would ensure that the Keystone pipeline, if it's built, would be done with American steel, seizing on a comment by McFadden over the summer that he would opt for Chinese steel if that saved taxpayer money.
Said Franken: "Those are Minnesota jobs. I fight for Minnesota jobs. Maybe that's the difference between me and Mr. McFadden. Maybe he sees profits over people."
A: Safety and cleanup of any spills should be their responsibility, that should apply to oil or fracking or any business. There should be no risk taken by the people; [and public] land rights should not be up for grabs for a private company's benefit.
Q: Do you support an increase in alternative forms of energy, including green energy such as solar and wind?
A: Yes. I don't know how much the public is aware how much the government has limited alternative energy through legislation, and given tax breaks for oil or car production for gas guzzlers. In the early 2000s SUVs were given tax breaks and fuel efficient cars were penalized. That's discrimination and a misuse of power. We should utilize any and all forms of energy and let business conduct business, as long as they are responsible for impact and any potential problems.
Abeler: Strongly Disagree
A: One is approve the Keystone pipeline, which has thoroughly passed multiple environmental reviews. Two is natural gas. There are 24 [LNG liquefied and natural gas plants] around the country that have applied for permits. I would fast-track the permitting process. If we had these LNG plants up and running, we actually could export to Europe.
Q: Natural gas may contribute to climate change.
A: There's a false choice out there. You're either for the environment, or you're for the economic growth or business growth. You can do both. You grow; you develop in a responsible way. I'm a big proponent of all forms of energy. Let the market determine what's the most efficient way to provide energy sources. Look at the improvements we made in the coal industry in terms of what we've been able to do there. Whether its coal, nuclear, natural gas, propane--let's promote it in a responsible way.
Legislative title:Repeals Carbon Dioxide Emissions Prohibition
Legislative summary:Vote to exempt certain energy imports from the prohibition on increasing CO2.
Legislative title:Greenhouse Gas Emissions Cap and Trade Program Report
Legislative summary:Vote to establish a cap and trade program under the Midwestern Greenhouse Gas Accord by January 15, 2009.
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