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Mitch Daniels on Energy & Oil

Republican IN Governor


Look to US sources of energy; we shoot ourselves in the foot

Although we occupy only 6.5% of the world's land mass, the US is lucky to be home to more of its potential energy than any other country on earth. The problem has been that we have systematically denied ourselves the jobs and the dollars that our energy could produce for us. We have locked up incredible quantities of oil and gas in Alaska and the Outer Continental Shelf. We have shut down the expansion of the nuclear power industry, pollution-free and carbon-free for those who obsess about these matters Amazingly, we haven't lost the knack for shooting ourselves in the foot. No sooner were fabulous new amounts of shale gas confirmed in states such as PA and NY than antigrowth activists and politicians began conspiring to block access to them, on the flimsiest of environmental claims. Even ethanol, once a darling of the renewable energy left, has fallen from favor, over contorted calculations of its overall carbon impact and erroneous projections that its wider use would make food unaffordable.
Source: Keeping the Republic, by Mitch Daniels, p.225 , Sep 20, 2011

Some subsidies ok for renewable energy

The upside for America, in new energy industry jobs, is too large for us to continue a suicidal national policy. That includes renewable sources. I join with those who look forward to the rapid growth of wind and solar power, and unlike many of my free market allies, I believe in some degree of subsidy and research to jump-start their arrival as meaningful energy contributors. In the last few years, Indiana has led America in the growth of wind power, with our administration's active encouragement.

[However], at the fastest growth rates one can imagine, wind and solar power will still be trivial contributors to our total energy needs for a very long time. And the romantic notion that they will become large sources of "green jobs" in any year soon has been exploded as farcically out of touch with economic reality. We should encourage alternative forms of energy, but it is a willful self-delusion to maintain that these forms of energy are in any sense a "solution" to our economic challenge.

Source: Keeping the Republic, by Mitch Daniels, p.226-227 , Sep 20, 2011

Biofuels oversubsidized but should still be encouraged

Allow me to anger the free market right, of which I consider myself a card-carrying member. I part company when purism rules out, for instance, any encouragement of homegrown biofuels. To me, an all-in assessment of the national interest argues for continued action to expand the use of made-in-America biofuels alongside that of traditional domestic energies. Every gallon of fuel we produce domestically allows us to buy that much less fuel from foreign countries. Creating domestic sources of energy is a national security issue as well as an economic one. Biofuels have been oversubsidized through their adolescence, and I agree that it is time for these subsidies, including the indirect ones of trade barriers, to be phased out. But I respectfully defend the notion of a mandated presence for biofuels in the national energy mix.
Source: Keeping the Republic, by Mitch Daniels, p.228 , Sep 20, 2011

Make IN a leader in electric vehicles & solar power industry

In 2009, several young companies who may lead the electric vehicle industry chose Indiana for their plants. Many of their suppliers are following them. Our goal is to be the capital of this potentially massive industry of tomorrow.

Over the last two years, Indiana has been the fastest growing state in wind power, and now businesses seeking to build the equipment for this new industry are coming. Within weeks, you'll see us explode onto the solar power landscape.

Source: Indiana 2010 State of the State Address , Jan 19, 2010

Support clean coal as well as alternative energy

Source: Indiana Gubernatorial Election 2008 Political Courage Test , Nov 1, 2008

Set goal of 25% renewable energy by 2025.

endorsed setting goal of 25% renewable energy by 2025

A resolution that it is the goal of the United States that, not later than January 1, 2025, the agricultural, forestry, and working land of the US should provide from renewable resources not less than 25% of the total energy consumed and continue to produce safe, abundant, and affordable food, feed, and fiber. [Governors also signed letters of endorsement at www.25x25.org]

Rep. SALAZAR: "Our resolution establishes a national goal of producing 25% of America's energy from renewable sources--like solar, wind and biofuels--by 2025. The "25x'25" vision is widely endorsed, bold, and fully attainable. If implemented, it would dramatically improve our energy security, our economy, and our ability to protect the environment.

"I am pleased that more than 20 of my colleagues in the Senate, from both sides of the aisle, are cosponsoring this resolution. In addition, the "25x'25" vision has been endorsed by 22 current and former governors and several State legislatures across the country. The Big Three automobile manufacturers--Ford, Chrysler, and General Motors--are all behind "25x'25" So are many agricultural organizations, environmental groups, scientists, and businesses, ranging from the Natural Resources Defense Council to John Deere.

"These Americans understand that we cannot continue to import 60% of our oil from foreign countries, many of which are hostile to the US, if we aim to be strong and secure in the world. They know that we will have to build a clean energy economy if we are to reduce our dependence on foreign oil. It is time for Congress to take a more active role in our clean energy future. Establishing a national goal--"25x'25" is the first step."

Source: 25x'25 Act (S.CON.RES.3 / H.CON.RES.25) 2007-SC03 on Jan 17, 2007

2010 Governor, House and Senate candidates on Energy & Oil: Mitch Daniels on other issues:

IN Senatorial:
Daniel Coats
Richard Lugar

2011 Special Elections:
CA-36:Jane Harman(D)
CA-36:Janice Hahn(D)
NV-2:Dean Heller(R)
NY-9:Anthony Weiner(D)
NY-26:Chris Lee(R)
NY-26:Kathleen Hochul(D)
Retiring 2012:
CA-6:Lynn Woolsey(D)
OK-2:Dan Boren(D)
MI-5:Dale Kildee(D)
TX-14:Ron Paul(R)
Running for Mayor:
CA-51:Bob Filner(D)
Running for Governor:
IN-6:Mike Pence(R)
WA-8:Dave Reichert(R)
Running for Senate:
AZ-1:Jeff Flake(R)
CT-5:Chris Murphy(R)
HI-2:Mazie Hirono(D)
IN-2:Joe Donnelly(D)
MO-2:Todd Akin(R)
MT-0:Dennis Rehberg(R)
ND-0:Rick Berg(D)
NM-1:Martin Heinrich(D)
NV-1:Shelley Berkley(D)
UT-3:Jason Chaffetz(R)
Dem. Freshmen
in 112th Congress:

AL-7:Terri Sewell
CA-33:Karen Bass
DE-0:John Carney
FL-17:Frederica Wilson
HI-1:Colleen Hanabusa
LA-2:Cedric Richmond
MA-10:Bill Keating
MI-13:Hansen Clarke
RI-1:David Cicilline
GOP Freshmen
in 112th Congress:

AL-2:Martha Roby
AL-5:Mo Brooks
AZ-1:Paul Gosar
AZ-3:Ben Quayle
AZ-5:David Schweikert
AR-1:Rick Crawford
AR-2:Tim Griffin
AR-3:Steve Womack
CA-19:Jeff Denham
CO-3:Scott Tipton
CO-4:Cory Gardner
FL-12:Dennis Ross
FL-2:Steve Southerland
FL-21:Mario Diaz-Balart
FL-22:Allen West
FL-24:Sandy Adams
FL-25:David Rivera
FL-5:Rich Nugent
FL-8:Dan Webster
GA-2:Mike Keown
GA-7:Rob Woodall
GA-8:Austin Scott
ID-1:Raul Labrador
IL-8:Joe Walsh
IL-10:Bob Dold
IL-11:Adam Kinzinger
IL-14:Randy Hultgren
IL-17:Bobby Schilling
IL-8:Joe Walsh
IN-3:Marlin Stutzman
IN-4:Todd Rokita
IN-8:Larry Bucshon
IN-9:Todd Young
KS-1:Tim Huelskamp
KS-3:Kevin Yoder
KS-5:Mike Pompeo
LA-3:Jeff Landry
MD-1:Andy Harris
MI-1:Dan Benishek
MI-2:Bill Huizenga
MI-3:Justin Amash
MI-7:Tim Walberg
MN-8:Chip Cravaack
MO-4:Vicky Hartzler
MO-7:Billy Long
MS-1:Alan Nunnelee
MS-4:Steven Palazzo
GOP Freshmen
in 111th Congress:

NC-2:Renee Ellmers
ND-0:Rick Berg
NH-2:Charlie Bass
NH-1:Frank Guinta
NJ-3:Jon Runyan
NM-2:Steve Pearce
NV-3:Joe Heck
NY-13:Michael Grimm
NY-19:Nan Hayworth
NY-20:Chris Gibson
NY-24:Richard Hanna
NY-25:Ann Marie Buerkle
NY-29:Tom Reed
OH-1:Steve Chabot
OH-15:Steve Stivers
OH-16:Jim Renacci
OH-18:Bob Gibbs
OH-6:Bill Johnson
OK-5:James Lankford
PA-10:Tom Marino
PA-11:Lou Barletta
PA-3:Mike Kelly
PA-7:Patrick Meehan
PA-8:Mike Fitzpatrick
SC-1:Tim Scott
SC-3:Jeff Duncan
SC-4:Trey Gowdy
SC-5:Mick Mulvaney
SD-0:Kristi Noem
TN-3:Chuck Fleischmann
TN-4:Scott DesJarlais
TN-6:Diane Black
TN-8:Stephen Fincher
TX-17:Bill Flores
TX-23:Quico Canseco
TX-27:Blake Farenthold
VA-2:Scott Rigell
VA-5:Robert Hurt
VA-9:Morgan Griffith
WA-3:Jaime Herrera
WI-7:Sean Duffy
WI-8:Reid Ribble
WV-1:David McKinley
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