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Jim Gilmore on Energy & Oil

Senate challenger 2008; previously Republican Governor (VA)


Favors drilling ANWR and also drilling offshore

Gilmore tried to distinguish his energy policy from Warner's by insisting the Democrat would oppose offshore drilling. Warner has said he would be in favor of allowing states to explore the possibility of drilling off their shores. He said "we need more drilling off the coast." However, the candidates continue to differ on drilling in the ANWR: Gilmore favors it, while Warner opposes the practice.
Source: 2008 VA Senate Debate in The Washington Times Sep 19, 2008

US should seek alternative fuels but still drill for oil

The people of Virginia are distressed right now because of the higher gas prices they're having to pay. It's manifesting itself in higher food costs. People are concerned about the tuition they have to pay these days. The answer is we have to have a decisive energy policy. We need this right now. I've put forward a comprehensive energy policy that includes wind energy and solar power. We can bring forth conservation efforts but we do need to use coal and nuclear power. We're the richest of anybody else in the world.

The difference between Mark Warner and myself rests with the part of the energy plan that will help people immediately. And that means we have to have more domestic oil production and free ourselves from the people overseas. We have to be prepared to drill in ANWR. We have to be prepared to drill offshore. And oil prices will go down if the United States has a decisive energy policy.

Source: 2008 VA Senate Debate between Jim Gilmore and Mark Warner Jul 19, 2008

US greatest energy resource is coal

GILMORE: [to Warner]: The difference between Mark Warner and myself rests with the part of the energy plan that will help people immediately. And that means we have to have more domestic oil production and free ourselves from the people overseas. We have to be prepared to drill in ANWR. We have to be prepared to drill offshore. And oil prices will go down if the US has a decisive energy policy.

WARNER: My position is that Congress should lift the moratorium on offshore drilling and leave that decision to the states. But drilling alone isn't going to solve the whole problem. Investing in alternative energy is going to provide more immediate relief.

GILMORE: We need a long term comprehensive, long term plan that deals with conservation, which Mark and I agree on. But the typical Washington politician, like Harry Reed, who would be [Warner's] leader in the Senate, have said that coal poisons all of us. And yet the US' greatest resource in competition with the rest of the world is coal.

Source: 2008 VA Senate Debate between Jim Gilmore and Mark Warner Jul 19, 2008

Warner promised no offshore drilling, and now supports it

RHETORIC: Gilmore: "You said in your veto that you would not in fact exercise that state authority to begin to explore for oil back in 2005."

REALITY: Governor Warner's veto message on the 2005 offshore drilling ban called on the state to monitor "federal developments on domestic energy production," as part of a larger state study. Warner vetoed the bill because it encroached on the role of the Governor to direct the activities of the Virginia Liaison Office and directed the Commonwealth to advocate for federal legislation that has yet to be introduced. [Warner Veto Message, 3/29/05]

In January 2006, a study prepared for Governor Warner and state legislators "recommended that Virginia allow offshore exploration for natural gas and oil deposits but take precautions to protect the environment." The study "suggested that drilling take place at least 50 miles from the coast and that no pipelines or other equipment be placed ashore." [Washington Post, 4/6/06]

Source: 2008 VA Senate Debate: analysis by Warner campaign Jul 19, 2008

Reinvest Big Oil profit in additional drilling & exploration

Q: Do you have a problem with Big Oil companies making these huge profits?

A: If you make profits in the open marketplace, that's an appropriate thing to do. I also believe that they should be going in, putting this additional money into additional drilling, into additional exploration, but it's going to have to be bigger than that. We're going to have to in fact look to all sources: ethanol, biomass, all coal, clean coal, the opportunities for natural gas, and nuclear power.

Source: 2007 GOP debate at Saint Anselm College Jun 3, 2007

Kyoto Treaty fatally flawed by transferring money to Russia

The Kyoto Treaty was in fact fatally flawed. That was a treaty that in fact was going to basically just transfer money directly to Russia for nothing because they were going to get credits because simply that their economy had declined. The truth is, we're going to have to get a program in place, an international diplomatic answer that is going to include every nation of the world in this entire project, and that includes China and India.
Source: 2007 GOP debate at Saint Anselm College Jun 3, 2007

Nuclear power for energy independence

Q: Do you believe that a conservative platform can also include a conservationist agenda?

A: I think that it can. Certainly when I was governor of Virginia, we worked very hard to make Virginia a beautiful place where we could in fact be welcoming to people and that it would be a nice community for people to visit. But this is going to come down to the question of whether or not conservatism can match up with energy independence, which is a national security issue. And it is the fundamental part of conservatism. Conservatism means empowering people. It means cutting taxes and controlling government spending. It also means national security. Energy independence also can serve the interests of conservation, particularly if we use nuclear power and other clean forms of energy so that we can in fact make this a clean society that is also safe and secure for the nation.

Source: 2007 GOP debate at Saint Anselm College Jun 3, 2007

Energy independence nuclear, additional drilling & biomass

Let's make sure that we address energy independence. It's frustrating that our nation's greatness is held hostage by people overseas who control our natural resources and don't have the national interests of the US at heart. Let's draw all people behind all different kinds of resources: nuclear; additional drilling; biomass; ethanol; all the different areas; and additional conservation. The American people have to understand that it is in the national interest that is at stake in energy independence.
Source: 2007 IAFF Presidential Forum in Washington DC Mar 14, 2007

Voluntary partnerships reduce greenhouse gases economically.

Gilmore 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.

Gilmore 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

More funding to develop domestic energy supplies.

Gilmore signed the Southern Governors' Association resolution:

Source: Resolution of Southern Governor's Assn. on Energy Policy 01-SGA11 on Sep 9, 2001

Use federal funds for nuclear cleanup, with state input.

Gilmore signed the Southern Governors' Association resolution:

Source: Resolution of Southern Governor's Assn. on Energy Policy 01-SGA13 on Sep 9, 2001

Share offshore oil development revenue with states.

Gilmore signed the Southern Governors' Association resolution:

Source: Resolution of Southern Governor's Association on OCS 01-SGA2 on Sep 9, 2001

Other candidates on Energy & Oil: Jim Gilmore on other issues:
VA Gubernatorial:
Tim Kaine
VA Senatorial:
James Webb
John Warner
Mark Warner


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Wayne Allard(R,CO)
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Trent Lott(R,MS)
Craig Thomas(R,WY)
John Warner(R,VA)

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