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Chris Rothfuss on Energy & Oil

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Cap-and-trade strategy is superior to a carbon tax

Q: What is your position on addressing global climate change--a cap-and-trade system, a carbon tax, and/or increased fuel-economy standards?

A: I support a sensible 'cap and trade' policy that establishes national greenhouse gas emission limits and projects those limits for at least 30 years to provide a stable marketplace for research, development and commercialization of appropriate technologies. A 'cap and trade' strategy is superior to a carbon tax in that it is globally scalable.

Source: 2008 Senate questionnaire by SEA & 18 science organizations Sep 9, 2008

We need coal and oil for energy independence

Q: Do you support replacing coal and oil with alternatives?

A: Oppose. I support alternatives in the long run, but we cannot achieve sustainable energy independence without coal and oil. It is vital that we find ways to increase our domestic energy production and efficiency, including expanding coal production for 'coal to liquids', developing renewables and nuclear power, and extending our power grid and energy storage capacity. Instead of our current haphazard approach to energy policy, I believe we must create a 50 year comprehensive energy road map that targets an end to our dependence on foreign oil within 10 years. We must implement a 'cap and trade' program for CO2 emissions, ensure minimal impact resource development, support carbon capture and sequestration programs, and encourage development and use of energy efficient technologies to reduce the environmental impacts that occur as a result of our growing energy needs.

Source: Email interview on 2008 Senate race with OnTheIssues.org Aug 10, 2008

Make Wyoming a leader in energy policy

Energy is very dear to Wyoming, yet the federal government that we are counting on to develop a comprehensive energy policy, steeped in scientific and technical nuances, which will meet our needs for the 21st century. And they haven't done it. We need a comprehensive solution that leverages all of our resources--coal, oil, gas, wind, solar, nuclear--to meet our growing energy demand, eliminate our dependence on foreign oil, and reduce our greenhouse gas and other emissions. As a Chemical Engineer, I know this can be done, and it can be done in a manner that stimulates our economy, reduces the trade deficit, and benefits US and Wyoming industry, the environment, and our national security. Wyoming is a leader in energy production. But in Washington, we have been deferential to the will of others. We diligently produce coal, oil, and gas, and let the other states sort out the political details. If you send me to Washington, I will make Wyoming a leader in energy policy--not just energy production.
Source: Campaign website, www.rothfussforsenate.com, "Issues" Jun 3, 2008

Leverage all resources--coal, oil, gas, wind, solar, nuclear

There are zero scientists in the Senate. Zero PhDs. One engineering degree. And 60 lawyers. Energy is very dear to the state of Wyoming, yet this is the group that we are counting on to develop a comprehensive energy policy, steeped in scientific and technical nuances, which will meet our needs for the 21st century. And they haven't done it. They've had ample time and opportunity, but we are no closer to ending our dependence on foreign oil than we were in the 1970s. We need a comprehensive solution that leverages all of our resources--coal, oil, gas, wind, solar, nuclear--everything we've got, to meet our growing energy demand, eliminate our dependence on foreign oil, and simultaneously reduce our greenhouse gas and other emissions. As a Chemical Engineer, I know this can be done, and it can be done in a manner that stimulates our economy, reduces the trade deficit, and benefits U.S. & Wyoming industry, the environment, and our national security.
Source: Statement of Candidacy for United States Senate Mar 22, 2008

Other candidates on Energy & Oil: Chris Rothfuss on other issues:
WY Gubernatorial:
Dave Freudenthal
WY Senatorial:
John Barrasso
Michael Enzi
Nick Carter


2008 Senate retirements:

Wayne Allard(R,CO)
Larry Craig(R,ID)
Pete Domenici(R,NM)
Chuck Hagel(R,NE)
Trent Lott(R,MS)
Craig Thomas(R,WY)
John Warner(R,VA)

Incoming Obama Administration:

Pres.Barack Obama
V.P.Joe Biden
State:Hillary Clinton
HHS:Tom Daschle
Staff:Rahm Emanuel
DHS:Janet Napolitano
DOC:Bill Richardson
DoD:Robert Gates
A.G.:Eric Holder
Treas.:Tim Geithner
Winners of 2008 Senate Races:
( * if new to the Senate)
AK:*Begich over Stevens
AL:Sessions
AR:Pryor
CO:*Udall
DE:Biden and Kaufman
GA:Chambliss v.Martin (Dec. 2 runoff)
IA:Harkin
ID:*Risch
IL:Durbin
KS:Roberts
KY:McConnell
LA:Landrieu
MA:Kerry
ME:Collins
MI:Levin
MN:Coleman v.Franken (recounting as of Dec.1)
MS4:Wicker
MS6:Cochran
MT:Baucus
NC:*Hagan over Dole
NE:*Johanns
NH:*Shaheen over Sununu
NJ:Lautenberg
NM:*Udall
OK:Inhofe
OR:*Merkley over Smith
RI:Reed
SC:Graham
SD:Johnson
TN:Alexander
TX:Cornyn
VA:*Warner
WV:Rockefeller
WY4:Barrasso
WY6:Enzi
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