State of Nebraska Archives: on Energy & Oil


Peter Ricketts: Don't reduce the ethanol Renewable Fuels Standard

Biofuels are a critical part of Nebraska's economy, adding income for farmers, creating jobs, and boosting energy independence. My plan for growing agricultural opportunity in Nebraska calls for a renewed emphasis on value-added production. Ethanol tops the list, as it adds value to Nebraska corn and is converted to fuel and efficient livestock feed. As governor, it will be my goal to challenge Iowa to become the top ethanol producer in the nation. I support the Renewable Fuels Standard and oppose federal attempts to reduce it. I will also seek to expand new markets for ethanol, such as encouraging higher blend levels, locally and across the nation. Now essential to the rural economy, the future of biofuels holds great promise. I am excited to help the industry grow in the state.
Source: 2014 Nebraska Governor campaign website, PeteRicketts.com Nov 4, 2014

Shane Osborn: No subsidies for wind and solar

Question topic: Governments should pay to develop wind and solar energy solutions when these are not economically feasible.

Osborn: Strongly Disagree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Nebraska Senate race Jul 2, 2014

Ben Sasse: Stop Obama's war on coal; stop picking winners & losers

On energy, Domina advocated for abolishing federal subsidies for fossil fuels and redirecting them to renewable energy. He supported the EPA's proposed new regulations to crack down on coal-fired power plants. "Science is real, and the impact that fossil fuels are having on our environment are real," he said.

Sasse decried the Obama administration's "war on industries like coal": "The Obama administration doesn't have an all of the above strategy--they have a Solyndra Strategy," Sasse said, referring to a California solar company that went bankrupt despite $529 million in government subsidies.

Domina represents Nebraska landowners fighting the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline that would cross the state; Sasse supports the pipeline and the development of more North American oil and natural gas. Sasse also supports renewable energy, ethanol, clean nuclear power and wind energy "but not an administration that tries to pick winners and losers."

Source: WatchDog.org on 2014 Nebraska Senate debate Jun 2, 2014

Dave Domina: Impact of fossil fuels on our environment is real

On energy, Domina advocated for abolishing federal subsidies for fossil fuels and redirecting them to renewable energy. He supported the EPA's proposed new regulations to crack down on coal-fired power plants. "Science is real, and the impact that fossil fuels are having on our environment are real," he said. "They will come raining down on all our heads, and especially yours, if we don't fix it immediately."

Sasse decried the Obama adminstration's "war on industries like coal": "The Obama administration doesn't have an all of the above strategy--they have a Solyndra Strategy."

Domina represents Nebraska landowners fighting the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline that would cross the state; Sasse supports the pipeline and the development of more North American oil and natural gas. Sasse also supports renewable energy, ethanol, clean nuclear power and wind energy "but not an administration that tries to pick winners and losers."

Source: WatchDog.org on 2014 Nebraska Senate debate Jun 2, 2014

Ben Sasse: Shale oil revolution could create energy independence

Sasse makes a point concerning the need to create jobs in America that will also lead to America's freedom from dependency on foreign oil. "The shale oil revolution that we sit on the front cusp of could create genuine energy independence for North America. It could reduce our dependence on foreign oil. It could create, with different estimates, about 3 million jobs, and be done in an environmentally safe way, but we aren't even having discussions about how to do it in an environmentally safe way because the EPA on their own just gets to try to shut off access to certain parts of shale. I think those are the kinds of discussions that the people of Nebraska want to have," Sasse said.
Source: Western Nebraska Observer on 2014 Nebraska Senate race Dec 5, 2013

Rick Berg: AdWatch: Support oil exploration and coal mining

Political organizations such as American Crossroads (Republican) and Majority PAC (Democratic) have spent more than $3 million on advertising in the North Dakota race. That's close to $6 for every North Dakotan of voting age. The state's last competitive Senate race was in 1986. Berg and Heitkamp are on pace to wage the most expensive Senate election in North Dakota history. Much of the money is being channeled into television spots.

In most ads, Heitkamp is hammered as a stooge for President Barack Obama and Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who are portrayed as enemies of oil exploration and coal mining, which are significant industries in North Dakota.

Anti-Berg ads accuse him of wanting to cut spending on Medicare and farm subsidies, and claim that Berg has "gone Washington," a gibe the incumbent Republican congressman himself used against Earl Pomeroy in 2010.

Source: Austin Stateman on 2012 Nebraska Senate debate ad review Sep 15, 2012

Jon Bruning: Coal is good, cheap energy

Deb Fischer questioned whether Bruning should have accepted $100,000 in campaign contributions from out-of-state coal companies. She questioned whether the donations were appropriate, especially since Bruning had joined a lawsuit against the EPA on the behalf of coal companies. "Yes or no? Will you stop taking contributions from industries that could benefit from your position as chief law enforcement officer of Nebraska?" asked Fischer.

Bruning declined to directly answer, although he stood firm in his support of coal, calling it "good, cheap energy." He also stood by his decision to join a lawsuit against the EPA, saying coal companies were being unfairly regulated by the Obama administration. "Rick Perry didn't say a lot of things during his presidential run, but he did say one thing, 'We're the Saudi Arabia of coal,'" said Bruning.

Source: Omaha World-Herald on 2012 Nebraska Senate debate Apr 12, 2012

Dave Heineman: Support pipeline but not at expense of environment

For months, Nebraskans have been clear about our position on the pipeline--we support the pipeline. However, we're opposed to a route through the environmentally sensitive Sand Hills. Through our persistence and determination, the State Department heard our concerns. Additionally, TransCanada has heard our concerns and has voluntarily agreed to change the route.
Source: 2011 Nebraska gubernatorial press release, "Pipeline" Nov 15, 2011

Steven Larrick: Only candidate to oppose drilling in ANWR

Larrick emphasized the peace and energy goals of his party, saying he was the only candidate to oppose drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Source: 2008 Nebraska Senate debate reported in Omaha World-Herald Sep 16, 2008

Mike Johanns: New corn genetics brings 40% yield increase & more ethanol

Johanns claimed Kleeb was quoted as saying that “corn based ethanol will not be a part of our future.” Johanns noted that new breakthroughs in corn genetics will soon bring a 40% increase in the yield of dryland corn, making corn-based ethanol even more viable.

Kleeb claimed he was misquoted and has “always been a supporter of ethanol.” However, he believes the country also needs to develop other “green” energy solutions, such as solar, wind and other technologies such as cellulosic ethanol production

Source: 2008 Nebraska Senate debate reported on DomesticFuel.com Aug 24, 2008

Mike Johanns: Opposes Warner-Lieberman Climate Security Act

Republican Mike Johanns, Democrat Scott Kleeb and Green Party candidate Steve Larrick all discussed the important issues of energy, climate change and renewable fuels - although most of the sparks flew between Johanns and Kleeb. The biggest clash between the two came over the proposed Warner-Lieberman Climate Security Act, which Johanns opposes and Kleeb supports.
Source: 2008 Nebraska Senate debate reported on DomesticFuel.com Aug 24, 2008

Scott Kleeb: Always a supporter of ethanol; along with solar & wind

Johanns claimed Kleeb was quoted as saying that “corn based ethanol will not be a part of our future.” Johanns noted that new breakthroughs in corn genetics will soon bring a 40% increase in the yield of dryland corn, making corn-based ethanol even more viable.

Kleeb claimed he was misquoted and has “always been a supporter of ethanol.” However, he believes the country also needs to develop other “green” energy solutions, such as solar, wind and other technologies such as cellulosic ethanol production

Source: [Xref Johanns] 2008 Nebraska Senate debate Aug 24, 2008

Scott Kleeb: Supports Warner-Lieberman Climate Security Act

Republican Mike Johanns, Democrat Scott Kleeb and Green Party candidate Steve Larrick all discussed the important issues of energy, climate change and renewable fuels - although most of the sparks flew between Johanns and Kleeb. The biggest clash between the two came over the proposed Warner-Lieberman Climate Security Act, which Johanns opposes and Kleeb supports.
Source: [Xref Johanns] 2008 Nebraska Senate debate Aug 24, 2008

Steven Larrick: We need a renewable energy policy

I think it is time that we redirect our nation’s energy to a renewable energy policy, Larrick said.
Source: 2008 Nebraska Senate debate reported in Lincoln News Aug 24, 2008

Steven Larrick: Green energy is the future of Nebraska

Green party candidate Steve Larrick continued to stress the importance of one issue in particular. “I think green energy is the future of Nebraska. I think renewable energy creates a great net gain of energy and that’s what we have in wind and solar. We needed to have been investing in those technologies,” he said.
Source: 2008 Nebraska Senate debate reported in Lincoln News Aug 24, 2008

Scott Kleeb: Release oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve

Scott Kleeb understands that we can’t wait for long-term solutions to lower gas prices. In addition to cracking down on speculation, which should immediately have an effect on oil prices, Scott has called for:
  • Releasing oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. The Strategic Petroleum Reserve holds 700 million barrels of oil to be released in case of an energy crisis. Scott Kleeb believes we are in such a crisis and supports selling 70 million barrels of valuable light, sweet crude from the reserve over six months and replacing that oil with less valuable heavy crude. This additional 400,000 barrels per day of oil supply will drive down gas prices but would still maintain our energy security in case of a supply disruption. The plan could also generate up to $840 million in revenues.
  • Increasing funding for LIHEAP, so that the millions of Americans who will face soaring energy costs this winter can have the financial help they need.
    Source: Campaign booklet, Nebraska’s Brand of Change, p. 9 Aug 19, 2008

    Steven Larrick: More ethanol; more emission controls; more alternative fuels

    Source: Nebraska Congressional Election 2008 Political Courage Test Jun 25, 2008

    Don Stenberg: Develop domestic energy to lower prices

    Energy prices are too high. I will work to develop our domestic energy resources, build new oil refineries, and promote alternative energy sources like ethanol and bio-diesel.
    Source: 2006 Senate campaign website, www.stenbergfornebraska.com Jan 18, 2006

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