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Dirk Kempthorne on Energy & Oil

Republican Governor (ID) and previously Senator


Supports expanding oil and gas leases

Dirk Kempthorne said he has directed the Minerals Management Service, which oversees offshore oil and gas activity, to start soliciting comments and conduct environmental impact studies as a first step in crafting a plan that includes potential lease sales in areas currently off limits. A five-year plan has no provisions for lease sales in most areas covered by the congressional ban. Kempthorne said that if Congress decides to lift the ban, the revised plan would be in the works.
Source: Kristen Hays in Houston Chronicle, "Offshore Lease Plan" , Jul 31, 2008

Need to work on US-based oil and gas development

I'll tell you we could make significant strides in reducing our reliance on foreign sources of energy. We need to get going on the oil and gas development. When Katrina and Rita hit, which was the worst hurricane in our history, 3,000 of those oil platforms were in the direct line of fire of those hurricanes. All systems worked. No major seepage. It just shows you that we do have the technology when we get going.
Source: Glenn Beck interview of Dirk Kempthorne , Jun 20, 2008

Voted YES on approving a nuclear waste repository.

Approval of the interim nuclear waste repository. The repository would be located at Yucca Mountain in Nevada, with an integrated management system for storage and permanent disposal of spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste. Voting YES would authorize the President with sole and unreviewable discretion to determine the suitability of the Yucca Mountain site.
Status: Bill Passed Y)65; N)34; NV)1
Reference: Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1997; Bill S. 104 ; vote number 1997-42 on Apr 15, 1997

Voted YES on do not require ethanol in gasoline.

Funding a mandated percentage of market share for the use of ethanol in gasoline, to be funded b reducing NASA budget b $39 million..
Status: Table Motion Agreed to Y)50; N)50; VP decided YES
Reference: Departments of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Act, 1995; Bill H.R. 4624 ; vote number 1994-255 on Aug 3, 1994

Voluntary partnerships reduce greenhouse gases economically.

Kempthorne adopted the National Governors Association policy:

Source: NGA policy NR-11, Global Climate Change Domestic Policy 00-NGA3 on Aug 15, 2000

Kyoto Treaty must include reductions by all countries.

Kempthorne adopted the National Governors Association policy:

If appropriate international commitments are established and are ratified by the US, the Governors believe implementation should be allowed to be achieved through cost-effective market-based activities, which account for scientifically verifiable and accountable reductions in greenhouse gas levels regardless of where the reductions are achieved. Any multinational emissions trading program must provide a flexible and workable framework that takes full advantage of market forces and maximizes international participation.
Source: NGA policy NR-11, Climate Change International Policy 00-NGA4 on Aug 15, 2000

Federal tax incentives for energy, with state decisions.

Kempthorne co-sponsored the Western Governors' Association resolution:

  1. Western Governors find that states must continue to play a pivotal role in electric power decisions. Specifically:
  1. We need to pursue a national energy policy that will result in a diverse energy portfolio:
  1. Energy efficiency and conservation: At a minimum:
Source: WGA Policy Resolution 01 - 01: Energy Policy Roadmap 01-WGA01 on Aug 14, 2001

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