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Topics in the News: Global Warming


Jill Stein on Energy & Oil : Aug 8, 2016
Green New Deal to turn the tide on climate change

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Mike Pence on Energy & Oil : Jul 14, 2016
Climate change is not a resolved issue in science

Pence was asked if he is "convinced that climate change is man-made." Pence responded: "I don't know that that is a resolved issue in science today. Just a few years ago, we were talking about global warming. We haven't seen a lot of warming lately. I remember back in the '70s we were talking about the coming ice age." [MSNBC.com, 2/21/14]

Pence similarly stated on the May 5, 2009, edition of MSNBC's Hardball that "I think the science is very mixed on the subject of global warming."

In July 2014, Pence sent a letter to Indiana's congressional delegation encouraging them to defund the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan, which fights climate change by placing the first-ever federal limits on carbon pollution from power plants. Pence has since indicated that he will comply with the Clean Power Plan if it is upheld by the Supreme Court, but Indiana remains one of the states challenging the plan's legality. [The Hill, 7/10/14; Post-Tribune, 6/25/16; ClimateWire, 2/26/16]

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Tim Kaine on Government Reform : Jun 26, 2016
Citizens United encourages lobbyists to influence votes

We have seen how armies of corporate lobbyists descend on Capitol Hill to fight everything from health care and financial regulatory reform to efforts to lower energy costs and reverse the effects of global climate change. This ruling undermines the free speech rights of citizens whose views will be drowned out by wealthy corporate interests whose aim will not just be to influence which candidates get elected -- but how they vote once they are in office. ˙
Click for Tim Kaine on other issues.   Source: 2016 Veepstakes: DNC press release, "Campaign finance"

Bernie Sanders on Energy & Oil : Mar 9, 2016
End fracking in the US

I hope that Secretary Clinton would join me if we are serious about climate change, about imposing a tax on carbon on the fossil fuel industry and making massive investments in energy efficiency and sustainable energy. I hope you'll join me in ending fracking in the United States of America.
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Hillary Clinton on Environment : Mar 9, 2016
We need green energy jobs & to build on Paris Agreement

We have to combat climate change, and no state has more at stake in that than Florida. And the best way to do that is not only enforcing the laws we have, but also the clean power plan that President Obama has put forth that I support, and the Paris Agreement that I think was a huge step forward in the world, that Senator Sanders said was too weak, but I helped to lay the groundwork for that. But we need more clean energy jobs.
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Hillary Clinton on Foreign Policy : Feb 29, 2016
Trump is a unilateralist vs. Hillary's multilateralist hawk

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Hillary Clinton on Energy & Oil : Feb 4, 2016
Half a billion solar panels in first 4 years

Q: There are three big lifts that you've talked about: immigration, gun reform, climate change. What do you do first?

CLINTON: Well, I don't accept that premise. I think that we've got so much business we have to do. We've talked a lot tonight about what we're against. But I'm for a lot of things. I don't want to just stop bad things from happening, I want to start good things from happening. And I believe, if I'm so fortunate to get the nomination, I will begin to work immediately on putting together an agenda, beginning to talk with members of Congress and others about how we can push forward. I want to have half a billion more solar panels deployed, the first four years. I want to have enough clean energy to power every home the next four years. I want us to keep working on the Affordable Care Act, to get not only to 100 percent coverage, but bring down the costs of prescription drugs and out-of-pocket costs.

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Rick Santorum on Environment : Jan 28, 2016
Taking manufacturing back to US will reduce global warming

Do you want to solve global climate change? Take 2 million jobs from China in manufacturing and moving them back here to the United States, where we produce one-fifth the CO2 when we make things. We can do it all. We can take care of the environment. We can create more jobs here.
Click for Rick Santorum on other issues.   Source: 2016 Fox News Republican Undercard debate in Iowa

Carly Fiorina on Foreign Policy : Jan 28, 2016
ISIS & Iran are bigger threats than climate change

Q: The president says that many are exaggerating the threat from ISIS. To quote him, "this is not World War III, and they do not pose a threat to our national existence." Does he have a point?

FIORINA: Well, let me tell you this: news flash, President Obama, news flash, Mrs. Clinton--climate change is not our most pressing national security threat. Actually, it is ISIS, followed closely by Iran. And those two things are linked, so that when our president cozies up to Iran, all of our allies in the Middle East, who are ready to help us defeat ISIS, wonder whose side we're on. And the truth is, under this president, we are on Iran's side, not our allies', who would help us defeat ISIS. You know, one of the things we have to start with is understanding that we must stand up to adversaries.

Click for Carly Fiorina on other issues.   Source: 2016 Fox News Republican Undercard debate in Iowa

Barack Obama on Energy & Oil : Jan 20, 2016
Clean energy for climate change & creating new business

We need commitment when it comes to developing clean energy sources. If anybody still wants to dispute the science around climate change, have at it. You will be pretty lonely, because you'll be debating our military, most of America's business leaders, the majority of the American people, almost the entire scientific community. But even if the planet wasn't at stake -- why would we want to pass up the chance for American businesses to produce and sell the energy of the future?
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Barack Obama on Energy & Oil : Jan 12, 2016
Make technology work for us on climate change

How do we make technology work for us, and not against us, especially when it comes to solving urgent challenges like climate change?

Look, if anybody still wants to dispute the science around climate change, have at it. You will be pretty lonely because you'll be debating our military, most of America's business leaders, the majority of the American people, almost the entire scientific community, and 200 nations around the world who agree it's a problem and intend to solve it.

But even if the planet wasn't at stake, even if 2014 wasn't the warmest year on record until 2015 turned out even hotter--why would we want to pass up the chance for American businesses to produce and sell the energy of the future?

None of this is going to happen overnight, and yes, there are plenty of entrenched interests who want to protect the status quo. But the jobs we'll create, the money we'll save, the planet we'll preserve, that is the kind of future our kids and our grandkids deserve.

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Jill Stein on Energy & Oil : Jan 12, 2016
"All of the above" policy puts fossil fuels above all

Despite much hot air about climate change, Democrats' "all of the above" energy policy has actually put fossil fuels above all. While Obama's policies increased renewables to a scant 5% of the US energy supply, this small portion has been overwhelmed by Obama's massive expansion of fracking and oil and gas extraction, both offshore and on public lands. Even as Obama boasted about the toothless Paris agreement that would allow a catastrophic 3 degrees Celsius temperature rise, Democrats--as well as Republicans--were trashing the climate by lifting the ban on oil exports (equivalent to building 135 new coal power plants), and expediting permits for fracking. Without any help from the Republicans, Obama alone gave a secret executive thumbs up to the major new fracked gas Gulf Trace Pipeline.
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Jill Stein on Energy & Oil : Jan 12, 2016
Climate change causes record storms, floods, and drought

Meanwhile, climate change is accelerating off the charts with record storms, heat, fires and floods across the country while California's drought threatens the fruit and vegetable supply for the nation. Lethal impacts have already been set in motion that require emergency action--the breakup of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets, permafrost melt, mass extinctions, and marine food chain disruption.
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Jill Stein on Technology : Jan 12, 2016
Green New Deal for efficient public transportation

The economic and climate crises can be solved together, with a Green New Deal--an emergency WWII-style mobilization to revive the economy, turn the tide on climate change, and make wars for oil obsolete. It creates 20 million jobs to achieve 100% renewable energy by 2030. It creates efficient public transportation and local sustainable food systems, repairs critical infrastructure, and restores ecosystems. It immediately ends all new fossil fuel infrastructure, exploration and extraction-- including fracking, offshore drilling, extraction on public lands and in the Arctic. And it creates a planned, orderly transition to a decentralized, democratically controlled energy system, including public ownership of energy resources and infrastructure.

The Green New Deal will fund itself through massive health savings by ending pollution and improving food quality, with military savings from making wars for oil obsolete, and with savings from reductions in the cost of energy.

Click for Jill Stein on other issues.   Source: Green Party response to 2016 State of the Union speech

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Gary Johnson on Energy & Oil : Jan 11, 2016
Man contributes to climate change, but no government fix

Johnson believes that it is NOT the proper role of government to engage in social and economic engineering for the purpose of manipulating the energy marketplace or creating winners and losers in what should be a robust free market. Such efforts have failed in the past. Preventing a polluter from harming our water or air is one thing. Deciding in Washington DC that one source of energy should be subsidized and others penalized is a different matter.

When it comes to global climate change, Johnson believes too many politicians are having the wrong debate. Is the climate changing? Probably so. Is man contributing to that change? Probably so. The important question, however, is whether the government's efforts to regulate, tax and manipulate the marketplace in order to impact that change are cost-effective--or effective at all. Given the realities of global energy and resource use, there is little evidence that the burden being placed on Americans is making a difference that justifies the cost.

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Bernie Sanders on Environment : Nov 15, 2015
Climate change will lead to international security crises

Q: You mentioned that climate change in fact is related to terrorism. Can you talk about that?

SANDERS: Well, that's what the CIA and the Department of Defense tell us. If we are going to see an increase in drought and flooding and extreme weather as a result of climate change, what that means is that peoples all over the world are going to be fighting over limited natural resources. When you have drought, when people can't grow their crops, they're going to migrate into cities. And when people migrate into cities, and they don't have jobs, there's going to be a lot more instability, a lot more unemployment. And people will be subject to the types of propaganda that al Qaeda and ISIS are using right now. I think, when we talk about all of the possible ravages of climate change, which, to my mind, is just a huge planetary crisis, increased international conflict is one of the issues that we have got to appreciate will happen.

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Bernie Sanders on Energy & Oil : Nov 14, 2015
Climate change partly causes rise of terrorist groups

Q: You say you want to rid the planet of ISIS. In the previous debate you said the greatest threat to national security was climate change. Do you still believe that?

SANDERS: Absolutely. In fact, climate change is directly related to the growth of terrorism. And if we do not get our act together and listen to what the scientists say, you're going to see countries all over the world--this is what the CIA says--they're going to be struggling over limited amounts of water, limited amounts of land to grow their crops ask you're going to see all kinds of international conflict.

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Jeb Bush on Environment : Nov 10, 2015
Repeal EPA restrictions on clean water and clean power

On the regulatory side [of an economic growth strategy] I think we need to repeal every rule that Barack Obama has in terms of work in progress, every one of them, and start over. For those that are already in existence, the regulation of the Internet, we have to start over, but we ought to do that. The Clean Power Plan [the EPA policy combatting climate change], we ought to repeal that and start over on that. The Waters of the United States act [the EPA definition which includes land adjacent to water bodies under the Clean Water Act], which is going to be devastating for agriculture and many industries, we should repeal that. We should repeal the rules because the economic costs of this far exceed the social benefit. And if we're serious about high growth, then we have to recognize that small businesses right now, more of them are closing than are being set up.
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Donald Trump on Energy & Oil : Nov 3, 2015
Green energy is just an expensive feel-good for tree-huggers

There has been a big push to develop alternative forms of energy--so-called green energy--from renewable sources. That's a big mistake. To begin with, the whole push for renewable energy is being driven by the wrong motivation, the mistaken belief that global climate change is being caused by carbon emissions. If you don't buy that--and I don't--then what we have is really just an expensive way of making the tree-huggers feel good about themselves.

The most popular source of green energy is solar as several decades after installing solar panels to get your money back. That's not exactly what I would call a good investment. Even if that number is only half right, what kind of investment do you want to make that takes 20 years before you break even

Click for Donald Trump on other issues.   Source: Crippled America, by Donald Trump, p. 65

Bernie Sanders on Energy & Oil : Oct 13, 2015
Address climate change so we can leave planet to our kids

Q [to all]: What is the greatest national security threat to the United States?

CHAFEE: It's certainly the chaos in the Middle East. And it all started with the Iraq invasion.

O'MALLEY: I believe that nuclear Iran remains the biggest threat, along with the threat of ISIL; climate change, of course, makes cascading threats.

CLINTON: I think it has to be continued threat from the spread of nuclear material that can fall into the wrong hands.

WEBB: Our greatest long-term strategic challenge is our relation with China.

Q: Senator Sanders, greatest national security threat?

SANDERS: The scientific community is telling us that if we do not address the global crisis of climate change, transform our energy system away from fossil fuel to sustainable energy, the planet that we're going to be leaving our kids and our grandchildren may well not be habitable. That is a major crisis.

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Bernie Sanders on Energy & Oil : Oct 13, 2015
Climate change is a moral issue: tax on carbon

Pope Francis made this point. This [climate change] is a moral issue. The scientists are telling us we need to move boldly. I am proud that, along with Senator Boxer, a few years ago, we introduced the first piece of climate change legislation which called for a tax on carbon. Nothing is gonna happen unless we [deal] with campaign finance reform, because the fossil fuel industry is funding the Republican Party, which denies the reality of climate change. The future of the planet is at stake.
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Hillary Clinton on Energy & Oil : Oct 13, 2015
Obama & I crashed China meeting and got climate change deal

Q: What will you do about climate change?

CLINTON: I have been on the forefront of dealing with climate change, starting in 2009, when President Obama and I crashed a meeting with the Chinese and got them to sign up to the first international agreement to combat climate change that they'd ever joined.

Q: Are you referring to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen?

CLINTON: When we met in Copenhagen in 2009 and, literally, President Obama and I were hunting for the Chinese, going throughout this huge convention center, because we knew we had to get them to agree to something. Because there will be no effective efforts against climate change unless China and India join with the rest of the world. They told us they'd left for the airport; we found out they were having a secret meeting. We marched up, we broke in, we said, "Let's sit down and talk about what we need to do." And we did come up with the first international agreement that China has signed.

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Hillary Clinton on Energy & Oil : Oct 13, 2015
Take opportunity of climate change to raise our economy

I've traveled across our country over the last months listening and learning, and I've put forward specific plans about how we're going to create more good-paying jobs: by investing in infrastructure and clean energy, by making it possible once again to invest in science and research, and taking the opportunity posed by climate change to grow our economy.
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Hillary Clinton on Energy & Oil : Oct 13, 2015
I now oppose Keystone, but I withheld opinion at first

O'MALLEY [to CLINTON]: Secretary Clinton's campaign put out a lot of reversals on positions on Keystone and many other things.

CLINTON: Well, you know, everybody on this stage has changed a position or two. If you are learning, you're going to change your position. I never took a position on Keystone until I took a position on Keystone. But I have been on the forefront of dealing with climate change, starting in 2009,

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Hillary Clinton on Energy & Oil : Oct 13, 2015
Chinese participation is essential to climate change

When we met in Copenhagen in 2009 and President Obama and I were hunting for the Chinese, going throughout this huge convention center, because we knew we had to get them to agree to something. Because there will be no effective efforts against climate change unless China and India join with the rest of the world. There will be an international meeting at the end of this year, and we must get verifiable commitments to fight climate change from every country gathered there.
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Bernie Sanders on Energy & Oil : Oct 11, 2015
Opposed Keystone Pipeline from day one

I believe that climate change is the great global crisis that we face, environmental crisis. From day one, I opposed the Keystone Pipeline because I believe that if you're serious about climate change, you don't encourage the excavation and transportation of very dirty oil. That was my view from day one.
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Lawrence Lessig on Energy & Oil : Oct 1, 2015
Stop subsidizing oil companies & their pollution

I believe America needs urgent and important reform: it needs climate change legislation. It needs to stop subsidizing oil companies, and stop tolerating their pollution.
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Donald Trump on Health Care : Sep 22, 2015
Ebola virus in America is Obama's fault

Trump could bypass the gatekeepers in the press to reach people directly with his messages. Trump said he did own writing online, and given the wide range of tones in his comments, this seemed true. A devoted tweeter, his online statements address everything from a doctor in New York with the Ebola virus--"Obama's fault"--to the notion that the Big Apple could actually benefit from global warming, if the phenomenon is real, because it suffers from uncomfortable cold snaps in the winter.
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Scott Walker on Energy & Oil : Sep 16, 2015
Climate change action reduces manufacturing jobs

This is an issue where, we're talking about my state, thousands of manufacturing jobs [are at risk]. Thousands of manufacturing jobs for a rule the Obama administration's own EPA has said will have a marginal impact on climate change.
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Bernie Sanders on Energy & Oil : Sep 5, 2015
Combat climate skeptics with overwhelming evidence

Bernie has spent hundreds of hours vigorously debating and combating climate skeptic politicians. He has long been unsettled over some of his colleagues' responses to overwhelming scientific evidence and approaches to policies combating global warming through greenhouse gas emission reductions. He strongly believes the influence of lobbying is to blame for much of the climate change skepticism.

Bernie has repeatedly called climate skeptics out on their rejection of science. For example, during a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee in July 2014, Bernie said: "We have a major political party which is rejecting what the majority of the scientific community is saying."

It's no secret that large energy corporations fund scientists who work towards emphasizing the complexity of the knowledge surrounding climate change and its contribution to greenhouse-gas emissions. They also donate a lot of money to politicians. Bernie refuses to take money from any corporate donors.

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Bernie Sanders on Energy & Oil : Sep 5, 2015
Keystone pipeline transports the dirtiest fossil fuel

In 2015, through a "sense of congress" amendment on the early 2015 Keystone XL pipeline bill, Bernie forced fellow senators to state for the congressional record if they believe "that climate change is real, human-caused, and already creating devastating problems; that there's a brief window to act before 'irreparable harm' results; and that the United States should shift to cleaner energy sources."

Bernie was a congressional leader in opposing the Keystone XL pipeline in 2014 and recently applauded president Obama's veto promise on the measure.

Bernie said about other 2016 presidential candidates' environmental policies: "It is hard for me to understand how one can be concerned about climate change but not vigorously oppose the Keystone pipeline. We must make significant reduction in carbon emissions and break our dependency on fossil fuels. That is why I have helped lead the fight in the Senate against the Keystone pipeline, which would transport some of the dirtiest fossil fuel in the world."

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Bernie Sanders on Corporations : Aug 30, 2015
Wall Street business model is a fraud & led us to recession

Q: You said that the same old, same old cannot win.

SANDERS: People do not understand why the middle class of this country is collapsing at the same time as almost all of the new income and wealth is going to the top 1%. People do not like the idea that, as a result of Citizens United, our campaign finance system has become corrupt and politicians are dependent upon super PACs and billionaires for money. People want us to deal with climate change, make college affordable. Those are the issues I have been talking about.

Q: You also talk about taking on the billionaire class. Give us some specifics.

SANDERS: I think that the business model of Wall Street is fraud. And I think these guys drove us into the worst economic downturn into the modern history of America. I think they're at it again. I believe that, when you have so few banks with so much power, you have to not only reestablish Glass-Steagall, but you have got to break them up.

Click for Bernie Sanders on other issues.   Source: CNN SOTU 2015 interview series: 2016 presidential hopefuls

Lindsey Graham on Energy & Oil : Aug 6, 2015
Stop debating about climate science; debate about solutions

Q: You worked with Democrats on climate change. How can conservative Republicans trust you based on that record?

GRAHAM: You can trust me to do the following: that when I get on stage with Hillary Clinton, we won't be debating about the science, we'll be debating about the solutions. In her world, cap-and-trade would dominate, that we will destroy the economy in the name of helping the environment. In my world, we'll focus on energy independence and a clean environment. When it comes to fossil fuels, we're going to find more here and use less. Over time, we're going to become energy independent. I am tired of sending $300 billion overseas to buy oil from people who hate our guts. The choice between a weak economy and a strong environment is a false choice, that is not the choice I'll offer America. A healthy environment, a strong economy and energy independent America--that would be the purpose of my presidency--break the strangle hold that people enjoy on fossil fuels who hate our guts.

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Donald Trump on Energy & Oil : Jun 28, 2015
Maybe some climate change is manmade, but not all

Q: the overwhelming majority of scientists say climate change is real and it's manmade.

A: Well, there could be some manmade, too. I mean, I'm not saying there's zero, but not nearly to the extent [others say]. When Obama gets up and said it's the number one problem of our country--and, if it is, why is it that we have to do our and clean up our factories now, and China doesn't have to do it for another 30 or 35 years in their wonderful agreement, you know, our wonderful negotiators?

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Jill Stein on Energy & Oil : Jun 25, 2015
Completely zero out climate emissions, as fast as possible

Q: Many climate scientists have pointed out that we are already "locked in" to a certain amount of climate change. So, why is a Green New Deal the answer?

A: I transitioned into doing climate work because from my knowledge of science and how you read the data, I certainly share the perspective that we can't take a single day for granted--that we have to work as fast as humanly possible to completely zero out climate emissions, but we have to do more than that as well. Restoring ecosystem resilience is part of the Green New Deal, which we don't often talk about because we're usually focused on the headlines: energy, transportation and food. Those are the big three for climate emissions, and they're critical for economic security, so that's kind of where the focus is.

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Jill Stein on Environment : Jun 25, 2015
Moratorium on GMOs until they are proven safe

Protect Mother Earth: Lead on a global treaty to halt climate change. End destructive energy extraction: fracking, tar sands, offshore drilling, oil trains, mountaintop removal, and uranium mines. Protect our public lands, water supplies, biological diversity, parks, and pollinators. Label GMOs, and put a moratorium on GMOs and pesticides until they are proven safe. Protect the rights of future generations.
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Jill Stein on Environment : Jun 25, 2015
Restore shorelines, deltas, forests, and grazing systems

We look at restoring shorelines, restoring deltas, restoring forests, restoring grazing systems & so on, because once you begin to do that, you incredibly magnify everything else that you do in regards to mitigating the impacts of climate change. To zero out climate emissions, you also have to accelerate natural carbon sequestration through ecosystems. That's the only way to do it reliably. There are many forms of restoration which also create jobs and save us humongous amounts of money in the long haul.
Click for Jill Stein on other issues.   Source: Interview with Candice Bernd of Truthout.org

Bobby Jindal on Energy & Oil : Jun 24, 2015
Climate change is a Trojan Horse to increase regulation

Jindal said in 2014 that he believes humans have had some effect on the climate, but the true amount is uncertain. Jindal has also said that the Obama administration is using climate change as a "Trojan horse" in order to increase government regulation. Jindal released his own 44-page energy plan called "Organizing Around Abundance" in 2014, in which he proposes eliminating many current environmental rules and instead focusing on forest management and other tools that he believes would not harm business
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Mike Pence on Energy & Oil : Jun 24, 2015
Against Obama's plan to battle climate change

Indiana will not comply with President Barack Obama's plan to battle climate change by requiring reductions in emissions from coal-fired power plants, Republican Gov. Mike Pence said Wednesday. The proposal as currently written, known as the Clean Power Plan, will make Indiana electricity more expensive and less reliable and hurt economic growth in Indiana and across the nation, Pence wrote in a letter to Obama.
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Mike Huckabee on Environment : Jun 21, 2015
Climate change is questionable; address other issues instead

Q: Do you believe climate change is man-made?

HUCKABEE: Whether it's man-made or not, I know that when I was in college I was being taught that if we didn't act very quickly, that we were going to entering a global freezing. Go back and look at the covers of Time and Newsweek from the early '70s. We were told that if we didn't do something by 1980, we'd be popsicles. Now we're told that we're all burning up. Science is not as settled on that as it is on some things. I find it interesting. The Left has completely embraced the Pope's message on climate change.

Q: So what should be done?

HUCKABEE: Climate change is the wrong question. We should instead focus on good, stable energy prices and making America an exporter of energy not just for economic reasons but quite frankly to disrupt the balance of power with Russia, Iran, and the Saudis. This is a game changer. And America needs to be using the resources that it has to empower Americans, help poverty, and also change the global balance.

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Donald Trump on Energy & Oil : Jun 16, 2015
Climate change is a hoax

What does Donald Trump believe? Climate Change: It is a hoax.

Trump does not believe climate change is real, tweeting out his skepticism with strong language and calling it a hoax on Fox News in 2014. In a 2012 Twitter post which is no longer accessible, Trump charged that the concept of climate change was created by the Chinese to suppress the U.S. economy. In addition, Trump has expressed firm opposition to wind turbines, which he sees as an environmental and aesthetic problem.

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Rick Perry on Energy & Oil : Jun 4, 2015
Defend Keystone XL and other oil & gas exploration

Perry is skeptical that human behavior causes climate change, and believes that trying to curb planet-warming emissions will harm the economy. Nevertheless, he has said recently that under his leadership in Texas, levels of climate-warming carbon emissions decreased 9% because of regulatory incentives. In defending continued oil and gas exploration and the Keystone XL oil pipeline last summer, he said of climate change, "I don't believe that we have the settled science by any sense of the imagination to stop that kind of economic opportunity." He added, "I am not a scientist," a common line among Republican climate-change skeptics.

During Perry's last five years as governor, Texas led the nation in job growth. He attributed that success to his focus on keeping taxes low and slashing spending, which included curbing regulations and expediting coal-fired power plant projects.

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Rick Perry on Energy & Oil : Jun 3, 2015
Sued EPA for regulating carbon emissions

Where Rick Perry stands on key issues: On the campaign trail in 2011, Perry said that global warming is an unproven scientific theory and that climate change has existed since the earth was formed. The former governor has been an ardent opponent of Environmental Protection Agency regulations aimed at cutting carbon emissions and sued the agency on the issue in 2010. The Texan advocates for fewer restrictions on oil and gas drilling and has said that there is little proof that hydrofracking pollutes ground water.
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Lindsey Graham on Energy & Oil : Jun 1, 2015
Combat climate change without harming the economy

Graham sees climate change as a real event and believes it is at least partially man-made. In 2010, he worked with then-Senator John Kerry and energy companies to try and craft a market system that set some limits on carbon emissions. Following the BP oil spill, those talks fell apart, but Graham still supports the general idea. Graham has called for a debate among Republicans on how to combat climate change without harming the economy.
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Martin O`Malley on Energy & Oil : May 30, 2015
American jobs agenda to build a new renewable energy future

Climate change is real. We must create an American jobs agenda to build a new renewable energy future. We must launch a new agenda to rebuild America's cities as places of justice and opportunity for all. And if we take these actions, the American Dream will live again.
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Martin O`Malley on Foreign Policy : May 30, 2015
New foreign policy of engagement and collaboration

We must construct a New National Security Strategy and build new alliances that are forward-seeing and forward-acting.

The center of this new strategy must be the reduction of threats. Fast-evolving threats--from violent extremism, pandemic, cyber attacks, nuclear proliferation, nation-state failures, to the drought, famine, and floods of climate change.

Together, we must craft a New Foreign Policy of Engagement and Collaboration. We must join with like-minded people around the world--especially with nations here in our own hemisphere--for the cause we share of a rising global middle class.

We must put our national interest first, we must put America first.

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Mike Huckabee on Energy & Oil : May 5, 2015
Scientific predictions on climate change are inaccurate

On climate change, Huckabee says scientific predictions are inaccurate. In 2013, Huckabee wrote that climate change predictions have proved inaccurate, in a Facebook post that is no longer available online. He has not definitively rung in on whether humans have a role in climate change and questions its priority as an issue, comparing the problem to a sunburn on FOX News. In 2007, Huckabee told a climate change conference in New Hampshire that the nation has a responsibility to cut carbon emissions and that he then supported a "true cap-and-trade" system. In later years when asked about the comment, Huckabee said he supports a "voluntary" cap-and-trade system.
Click for Mike Huckabee on other issues.   Source: PBS News Hour "2016 Candidate Stands" series

Ben Carson on Energy & Oil : May 3, 2015
Climate debate is distracting and irrelevant

Carson is not convinced that global warming is a threat or a proven trend. In an interview in November, he said, "there's always going to be either cooling or warming going on" and called the climate debate "irrelevant." The physician said it is a distraction from discussions about generally protecting the environment and about the role of the Environmental Protection Agency in regulation.
Click for Ben Carson on other issues.   Source: PBS News Hour "2016 Candidate Stands" series

Bernie Sanders on Energy & Oil : Apr 30, 2015
Charge companies for carbon emissions; then fund renewables

On climate change: Charge companies for carbon emissions.

Considered to be a "climate change hawk," Sanders argues that shifting global temperatures are a significant threat and caused by human activity. He has sponsored a bill which would charge companies for their carbon emissions and use some of the money raised to boost renewable energy technology.

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Lindsey Graham on Environment : Apr 19, 2015
Climate change is real, but don't make a religion of it

I believe climate change is real, but I reject the cap and trade solution of Al Gore. He's made a religion. It's a problem.

I would like to clean up the air and water, become more energy independence, create jobs. I'm for offshore drilling. I'm for finding oil and gas that we own. I'm for coal, I'm for clean coal, I'm for natural gas but I would like a lower carbon economy over time. Clean up the air and create jobs in the process.

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Carly Fiorina on Energy & Oil : Apr 6, 2015
Regulation won't stop climate change

Let's say global warming played a role in [the drought].˙What all the˙scientists˙also tell us is that a state or nation acting alone can make no difference.˙ If we want to accept the science, we have to read the fine print. California can be the most onerous regulatory regime in the world, which they are, and it˙won't˙make a bit of difference in climate change
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Bernie Sanders on Energy & Oil : Mar 21, 2015
Transform to sustainable system & away from fossil fuels

The US must lead the world in tackling climate change and make certain that this planet is habitable for our children and grandchildren. We must transform our energy system away from fossil fuels and into energy efficiency and sustainable energies. Millions of homes and buildings need to be weatherized, our transportation system needs to be energy efficient and we need to greatly accelerate the progress we are already seeing in wind, solar, geothermal, biomass and other forms of sustainable energy. Transforming our energy system will not only protect the environment, it will create good paying jobs.

Unless we take bold action to address climate change, our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren are going to look back on this period in history and ask a very simple question: Where were they? Why didn't the US lead the international community in cutting greenhouse gas emissions and preventing the devastating damage that the scientific community was sure would come?

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Jill Stein on Energy & Oil : Feb 6, 2015
Make wars for oil obsolete: 100% renewables by 2030

We will lift up the bold solutions the American people are calling for:
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Rick Santorum on Energy & Oil : Jan 25, 2015
Nothing the US could do will affect global warming

Q: The Senate voted this week 98 to one that climate change is not a hoax. If Rick Santorum were still in the Senate, would you have supported that?

SANTORUM: Is the climate warming? Clearly over the past 15 or 20 years the answer is yes. The question is, number one, "does man having a significant impact on that?" And number two, and this is even more important than the first, "is there anything the United States can do about it?" And the answer is clearly, no. Even folks who accept all of the science by the alarmists on the other side, recognize that everything that's being considered by the US will have almost--well, not almost, will have zero--impact on it given what's going on in the rest of the world.

Q: So, is your answer do nothing?

SANTORUM: Well, if it has no impact, of course do nothing. Why would you do something and with people admitting that even if you do something, it won't make a difference?

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Barack Obama on Energy & Oil : Jan 20, 2015
14 warmest years on record occurred in last 15 years

No challenge poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change. 2014 was the planet's warmest year on record. Now, one year doesn't make a trend, but this does--14 of the 15 warmest years on record have all fallen in the first 15 years of this century.

I've heard some folks try to dodge the evidence by saying they're not scientists; that we don't have enough information to act. Well, I'm not a scientist, either. But you know what--I know a lot of really good scientists at NASA, and NOAA, and at our major universities. The best scientists in the world are all telling us that our activities are changing the climate, and if we do not act forcefully, we'll continue to see rising oceans, longer, hotter heat waves, dangerous droughts and floods, and massive disruptions that can trigger greater migration, conflict, and hunger around the globe. The Pentagon says that climate change poses immediate risks to our national security. We should act like it.

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Barack Obama on Energy & Oil : Jan 20, 2015
China has agreed with US; rest of world will now follow

Over the past six years, we've done more than ever before to combat climate change, from the way we produce energy, to the way we use it. That's why we've set aside more public lands and waters than any administration in history. And that's why I will not let this Congress endanger the health of our children by turning back the clock on our efforts. I am determined to make sure American leadership drives international action. In Beijing, we made an historic announcement--the United States will double the pace at which we cut carbon pollution, and China committed, for the first time, to limiting their emissions. And because the world's two largest economies came together, other nations are now stepping up, and offering hope that, this year, the world will finally reach an agreement to protect the one planet we've got.
Click for Barack Obama on other issues.   Source: 2015 State of the Union address

Bernie Sanders on Budget & Economy : Jan 15, 2015
Comprehensive 12-step agenda for moving America forward

Agenda for America: 12 Steps Forward
  1. Rebuilding Our Crumbling Infrastructure
  2. Reversing Climate Change
  3. Creating Worker Co-ops
  4. Growing the Trade Union Movement
  5. Raising the Minimum Wage
  6. Pay Equity for Women Workers
  7. Trade Policies that Benefit American Workers
  8. Making College Affordable for All
  9. Taking on Wall Street
  10. Health Care as a Right for All
  11. Protecting the Most Vulnerable Americans
  12. Real Tax Reform
Click for Bernie Sanders on other issues.   Source: 12 Steps Forward, by Sen. Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders on Energy & Oil : Jan 15, 2015
Weatherize millions of homes and buildings

Reversing Climate Change:
The US must lead the world in reversing climate change and make certain that this planet is habitable for our children and grandchildren. We must transform our energy system away from fossil fuels and into energy efficiency and sustainable energies. Millions of homes and buildings need to be weatherized, our transportation system needs to be energy efficient and we need to greatly accelerate the progress we are already seeing in wind, solar, geothermal, biomass and other forms of sustainable energy. Transforming our energy system will not only protect the environment, it will create good paying jobs.
Click for Bernie Sanders on other issues.   Source: 12 Steps Forward, by Sen. Bernie Sanders

Bobby Jindal on Energy & Oil : Sep 16, 2014
The left loves energy to be expensive and scarce

Jindal conceded that human activity has something to do with climate change, but declined to agree that there is now widespread scientific consensus on the severity and urgency of the problem.

Because of what he views as a lack of consensus on the gravity of the environmental threat, Jindal felt free to try to turn the science argument against the Obama administration. The president, the Environmental Protection Agency and other agencies are "science deniers," he argued, because they impose limits on carbon dioxide and other pollutants from "job-creating" businesses without really knowing how well those restrictions work.

He accused the administration of being on the wrong side of the faith divide in this area. "The left loves energy to be expensive and scarce," he said. "It's almost a religious approach." Jindal has a detailed energy plan full of specific, thoughtful (and largely deregulatory) proposals.

Click for Bobby Jindal on other issues.   Source: Huffington Post 2014 coverage of 2016 presidential hopefuls

Jeb Bush on Energy & Oil : Jul 2, 2014
On global warming: I'm a skeptic; I'm not a scientist

Bush, like most prominent members of the Republican Party, won't accept the science of climate change. When asked if he believed that global warming was primarily man-made, Bush claimed, "I'm a skeptic. I'm not a scientist." But as elected officials, we aren't expected to be experts on every issue. However, we are responsible for making decisions based on the best available information.

It's also not how a functioning adult acts. When I was told by my doctor that I had breast cancer, I didn't reject their diagnosis because I wasn't an oncologist myself. I listened to the advice of people who knew more than I did and started immediately on a course of action that would solve the problem. Republicans like Jeb Bush may not be scientists. But do you know who are? The more than 300 experts who compiled the third U.S. National Climate Assessment, which found that man-made climate change is detrimental to our environment. (Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Editorial, 7/2/2014)

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Hillary Clinton on Energy & Oil : Jun 10, 2014
$100B per year by 2020 for climate change mitigation

[At a climate change summit, I said] the US was prepared to lead a collective effort by developed countries to mobilize $100 billion annually by 2020 from a combination of public and private sources to help the most vulnerable nations mitigate the damage from climate change--if we could also reach a broad agreement on limiting emissions.

By offering a concrete commitment, I hoped to breathe new life into the talks, put pressure on China and the other "emerging emitters" to respond, and win support from developing countries.

In the end, the leaders fashioned a deal that, while far from perfect, put us on the road to future progress. For the first time all major economies, developed and developing alike, agreed to make national commitments to curb carbon emissions through 2020 and report transparently on their mitigation efforts. The world began moving away from the division between developed and developing countries that had defined the Kyoto agreement. This was a foundation to build on.

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Hillary Clinton on Energy & Oil : Jun 10, 2014
The steady march of climate change is obvious in the Arctic

In 2005, I joined Senator McCain, Lindsey Graham and Susan Collins for a trip to Alaska. We met with scientists, local leaders, and First Nations elders to hear from them about the effects of climate change. Flying over the vast coniferous forests of the Yukon, I could see huge brown swaths of dead spruce trees, killed off by the infestations of bark beetles that had moved north because of warmer temperatures. Those dead trees became kindling for forest fires that were happening more frequently.
Click for Hillary Clinton on other issues.   Source: Hard Choices, by Hillary Clinton, p.502

Hillary Clinton on Foreign Policy : Jun 10, 2014
Balance American interests between China & Korea

I decided to use my first trip as Secretary to accomplish three goals: visit our key Asian allies, Japan and South Korea; reach out to Indonesia; an emerging regional power and the home of ASEAN; and begin our crucial engagement with China.

We talked about how to balance America's interests in Asia, which sometimes seemed in competition. For example, how hard could we push the Chinese on human rights or climate change and still gain their support on security issues like Iran and North Korea Q [to Gov. O'Malley]: How many Syrian refugees should the US take in?

O'MALLEY: I was the first person on this stage to say that we should accept the 65,000 Syrian refugees that were fleeing the sort of murder of ISIL, and I believe that that needs to be done with proper screening.

Q: Secretary Clinton, how do you propose we screen those coming in to keep citizens safe?

CLINTON: I think that is the number one requirement. I also said that we should take increased numbers of refugees.

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Marco Rubio on Abortion : May 14, 2014
Consensus that life begins at conception; so no abortion

Marco Rubio says pro-choice Democrats who criticize him for doubting man-made climate change should be questioned on why they support abortion: "Here's what I always get a kick out of, and it shows you the hypocrisy. All these people always wag their finger at me about science and settled science. Let me give you a bit of settled science that they'll never admit to," Rubio said. "The science is settled, it's not even a consensus, it is a unanimity, that human life beings at conception. So I hope the next time someone wags their finger about science, they'll ask one of these leaders on the left: 'Do you agree with the consensus of scientists that say that human life begins at conception?' I'd like to see someone ask that question."

The debate, however, isn't nearly as clear-cut as Rubio claims. So-called personhood bills have sparked debate on when a fetus should be considered an individual with full legal rights.

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Marco Rubio on Energy & Oil : May 11, 2014
Human activity is not causing climate change

Q: Do you agree with the science on climate change?

RUBIO: I don't agree with the notion that somehow there are actions we can take today that would actually have an impact on what's happening in our climate. Our climate is always changing. And what they have chosen to do is take a handful of decades of research and say that this is now evidence of a longer-term trend that's directly and almost solely attributable to manmade activity, I do not agree with that.

Q: You don't buy it?

RUBIO: I don't know of any era in world history where the climate has been stable. Climate is always evolving, & natural disasters have always existed.

Q: You do not think that human activity, its production of CO2, has caused warming to our planet?

RUBIO: I do not believe that human activity is causing these dramatic changes to our climate the way these scientists are portraying it. And I do not believe that the laws that they propose we pass will do anything about it. Except it will destroy our economy.

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Tim Kaine on Environment : Mar 11, 2014
A clean environment and a strong economy need not contradict

In his remarks at a rare all-night session of the Senate Climate Action Task Force, Kaine discussed the urgent need for Congress to act on curbing emissions and investing in innovative and clean energy solutions. "The solution to climate change is American innovation," Kaine said. "We have to get beyond the idea that we need to choose between a clean environment and a strong economy. We all want cleaner air and water. We all want jobs. They don't have to contradict each other."
Click for Tim Kaine on other issues.   Source: Kaine's Senate office press release, "American innovation"

Barack Obama on Energy & Oil : Jan 29, 2014
FactCheck: Yes, US reduced CO2 tonnage, but that's only 6%

Obama rehashed a boast first made in a major speech on climate change last summer, that "the United States has reduced our total carbon pollution more than any other nation on Earth." That's accurate in terms of the sheer tonnage of emissions reduced. But dozens of nations have reduced their carbon dioxide emissions by a larger percentage than the US.

The US emitted 5,491 million metric tons of carbon dioxide in 2011. That's 362 million metric tons fewer than what was emitted in the US in 2003.

But some perspective is in order. The US improvement results are different when the reduction amount is measured by the percentage change. By that measure, dozens of countries fared better than the US, which reduced its emissions by 6.2%, including Also noteworthy, the EIA credited most of the U.S. reduction in carbon pollution to slower economic growth, weather, higher gasoline prices and an increasing shift from coal to natural gas--not necessarily the government's energy policy, as claimed by Ob

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Barack Obama on Energy & Oil : Jan 28, 2014
Natural gas is a "bridge fuel"; then go solar

One of the biggest factors in bringing more jobs back is our commitment to American energy. The all-of-the-above energy strategy I announced a few years ago is working, and today, America is closer to energy independence than we've been in decades.

One of the reasons why is natural gas--if extracted safely, it's the bridge fuel that can power our economy with less of the carbon pollution that causes climate change.

It's not just oil and natural gas production that's booming; we're becoming a global leader in solar, too. Every four minutes, another American home or business goes solar; every panel pounded into place by a worker whose job can't be outsourced. Let's continue that progress with a smarter tax policy that stops giving $4 billion a year to fossil fuel industries that don't need it, so that we can invest more in fuels of the future that do.

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Bernie Sanders on Immigration : Oct 17, 2013
Climate change lays groundwork for mass migration

Scientists are not the only people warning us about the danger of climate change. Hear what the Department of Defense has to say about the impact of climate change on international and national security. What they point out--and I think what every sensible person understands--is that when people are unable to grow the food they need because of drought, when flood destroys their homes, when people throughout the world are forced to struggle for limited natural resources in order to survive, this lays the groundwork for the migration of people and international conflict. That is what the Department of Defense tells us.
Click for Bernie Sanders on other issues.   Source: The Essential Bernie Sanders, by Jonathan Tasini, p. 35

Joe Biden on Energy & Oil : May 9, 2013
Pushed cap-and-trade early; but $90B tax credits passed

Q: Why doesn't the Obama administration use the bully pulpit to talk about climate change like it does for gun control?

A: We have. In his inaugural address, the president said, "We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations." In the very beginning, we decided that we had to move on this. And we thought, cap-and-trade. But it got shut down, even when we had a Democratic Congress. So from that point on, the president has been trying to figure out how he can use his executive authority to make some real changes.

Q: Despite the congressional opposition, do you feel the Obama administration has made inroads in the climate fight?

A: The thing I'm proudest of that we were able to get done in the first term was the Recovery Act. It had $90 billion in clean-energy programs. We had a lot of money going into research and development, and also tax credits for wind and solar energy.

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Barack Obama on Energy & Oil : Feb 12, 2013
Bipartisan market-based solution to climate change

I urge this Congress to pursue a bipartisan, market-based solution to climate change, like the one John McCain and Joe Lieberman worked on together a few years ago. But if Congress won't act soon to protect future generations, I will. I will direct my Cabinet to come up with executive actions we can take, now and in the future, to reduce pollution, prepare our communities for the consequences of climate change, and speed the transition to more sustainable sources of energy.
Click for Barack Obama on other issues.   Source: 2013 State of the Union Address

Joe Biden on Energy & Oil : Feb 4, 2013
Set out vision for young people to deal with global warming

I was impressed in the discussion [French President Hollande and I] had relative to climate change. The President pointed out that there is an obligation here that extends way beyond these administrations. There is a need to set out a vision for the young people in both our countries that we understand. It's a rallying cry that can be a call for a united effort and support in both our countries to deal with global warming.

President Obama is committed to do that. And he is going to have an interlocutor in John Kerry. There is no one in my country who has been, over the period of time he's been in the Senate, more concerned with or knowledgeable about the issues relating to global warming.

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Jerry Brown on Technology : Jan 24, 2013
I signed high speed rail in 1982; finally done in 2013

In the years following World War II, California embarked on a vast program to build highway, bridges and roads. Most were constructed before we knew about climate change and the lethal effects of dirty air. We now expect more.

Last year, you authorized another big project: High Speed Rail. Electrified trains are part of the future. China already has 5000 miles of high speed rail and intends to double that. Spain has 1600 miles and is building more. More than a dozen other countries have their own successful high speed rail systems.

The first phase constructs 30 miles of tunnels and bridges [in the] Tehachapi Mountains . Then we will build another 33 miles of tunnels and bridges before we get the train to its destination at Union Station in the heart of Los Angeles.

It has taken great perseverance to get us this far. I signed the original high speed rail Authority in 1982--over 30 years ago. In 2013, we will finally break ground and start construction.

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Jill Stein on Environment : Oct 31, 2012
EPA should apply science, free from polluters' influence

Jill Stein said today that the resignation of Lisa Jackson as head of the Environmental Protection Agency underscores the resistance of the Obama administration to dealing with climate change and the environment: "Pres. Obama said any action would have to take a back seat to getting the economy moving again. He just doesn't grasp that the path to full employment starts with building a clean energy future," noted Stein.

Jackson decided to leave due to her frustration over constant fights with the White House over climate change and the rejection of key environmental proposals such as regulating ozone. Obama last year decided to suspend EPA's new rules to reduce smog.

Stein added, "We need an EPA committed to protecting the environment, and to a transparent, democratic process within the agency. This is essential if the EPA is to apply science in the public interest, free from the corrupting influence of industry that has historically had too much influence over EPA scientific decisions."

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Jill Stein on Energy & Oil : Oct 22, 2012
Fight against climate change instead of fighting for oil

OBAMA: One of the challenges over the last decade is we've done experiments in nation building in places like Iraq and Afghanistan. And we've neglected, for example, developing our own economy, our own energy sectors. It's very hard for us to project leadership around the world when we're not doing what we need to do here.

STEIN: Instead of fighting wars for oil, America will be leading the fight to put an end to climate change. In Afghanistan and Iraq, we have spent about $5 trillion. We have seen thousands and thousands of American lives lost, hundreds of thousands of civilian lives lost, about a trillion dollars a year being spent on a massive, bloated military-industrial-security budget. Instead, we need to cut that military budget, rightsize it to year 2000 levels, and build true security here at home, bringing our war dollars home.

Click for Jill Stein on other issues.   Source: Democracy Now! Expanded Third Obama-Romney 2012 debate

Jill Stein on Health Care : Oct 16, 2012
75% of expenditures are sick care system, not healthcare

We support a Green New Deal, which will put everyone back to work at the same time that it puts a halt to climate change and it makes wars for oil obsolete. And as a medical doctor, I want to note that what is good for the economy and for the planet is also good for our health. So it really creates the infrastructure for real health with a local, sustainable food system; with fresh food; with public and active transportation that allows you to get your exercise on the way to school; and with clean, renewable energy that provides, effectively, pollution prevention. So we can get healthy and save an enormous amount of money, as well, by preventing [about] 75% of our expenditures under what's really a sick care system, not a healthcare system. We move to the fundamentals of health, as well, through the Green New Deal.
Click for Jill Stein on other issues.   Source: Democracy Now! Expanded Second Obama-Romney 2012 debate

Barack Obama on Energy & Oil : Sep 4, 2012
First-ever carbon pollution limits for new oil & coal plants

Q: What is your position on cap-and-trade, carbon taxes, and other policies proposed to address global climate change--and what steps can we take to improve our ability to tackle challenges like climate change that cross national boundaries?

A: Climate change is the one of the biggest issues of this generation, and we have to meet this challenge by driving smart policies that lead to greater growth in clean energy generation and result in a range of economic and social benefits. Since taking office I have established historic standards limiting greenhouse gas emissions from our vehicles for the first time in history. My administration has made unprecedented investments in clean energy, proposed the first-ever carbon pollution limits for new fossil-fuel-fired power plants & reduced carbon emissions within the Federal Government. Since I took office, the US is importing an average of 3 million fewer barrels of oil every day, & our dependence on foreign oil is at a 20-year low.

Click for Barack Obama on other issues.   Source: The Top American Science Questions, by sciencedebate.org

Mitt Romney on Energy & Oil : Sep 4, 2012
No consensus on extent of global warming or human activity

Q: What is your position on cap-and-trade, carbon taxes, and other policies proposed to address global climate change--and what steps can we take to improve our ability to tackle challenges like climate change that cross national boundaries?

A: I am not a scientist myself, but my best assessment of the data is that the world is getting warmer, that human activity contributes to that warming, and that policymakers should therefore consider the risk of negative consequences. However, there remains a lack of scientific consensus on the issue--on the extent of the warming, the extent of the human contribution, and the severity of the risk--and I believe we must support continued debate and investigation within the scientific community. Ultimately, the science is an input to the public policy decision; it does not dictate a particular policy response.

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Paul Ryan on Principles & Values : Aug 27, 2012
Side-by-side issue comparison to Joe Biden

Does the Democratic Vice President Joe Biden agree with Republican Vice-Presidential nominee Paul Ryan on anything? Nope, not among international issues like those listed below. We researched their voting records; their political biographies; their speeches and websites; and present their issue stances side-by-side on each of the following topics (and economic issues and social issues as well):
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Marco Rubio on Energy & Oil : Jun 19, 2012
I dislike cap-&-trade, but it is inevitable as national law

The previous summer the governor had issued a series of executive orders instituting global warming cap-and-trade regulations, which would become law unless the legislature overrode them. We passed a bill that instructed Florida's Dept. of Environmental Protection to create an outline of cap-and-trade plan for the state. However, the plan couldn't take effect unless the legislature approved it. The governor signed it because he could claim he got a signature initiative passed by the legislature. The legislature passed it because we knew we could stop it later.

[During the Senate primary], Crist falsely claimed I had supported cap and trade. He cited an interview in which I made the assumption that some form of cap and trade would eventually become national law. I suggested that Florida should prepare for the inevitable by adopting a policy of its own. But I didn't support cap and trade. I wrote an opinion piece denouncing the governor's executive orders shortly after he announced them.

Click for Marco Rubio on other issues.   Source: An American Son, by Marco Rubio, p.157-158

Tim Kaine on Environment : Feb 29, 2012
Always work to protect our air, water and land

Tim is an avid outdoorsman who will always work to protect our air, water and land. In the Senate, Tim has been a strong supporter of efforts to reduce the carbon pollution responsible for climate change and ensure our energy production is cleaner tomorrow than it is today. From his opposition to the Keystone pipeline to his support for the President's historic Clean Power Plan, Tim has advocated policies that will protect our planet and strengthen our economy. He has become a leader on the issue of combating sea level rise, which is already impacting our defense community and Virginians' daily lives through flooded roads and skyrocketing flood insurance costs. Despite the unfortunate partisanship on climate change issues, Tim was able to break through the gridlock and organize a forum on sea level rise with Democratic and Republican members of Congress and local leaders alongside scientists at Old Dominion University in Norfolk.
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Barack Obama on Energy & Oil : Feb 28, 2012
2009: Spark a clean energy transformation

On Friday, June 26, 2009, Democrats made history. For the 1st time, a cap and trade bill--sponsored by Representatives Henry Waxman and Ed Markey--passed in the House of Representatives. Notably absent in Obama's ringing endorsement of the bill was any mention of global warming or climate change--or cap and trade for that matter:

"This week, the House of Representatives is moving ahead on historic legislation that will transform the way we produce and use energy in America. This legislation will spark a clean energy transformation that will reduce our dependence on foreign oil and confront the carbon pollution that threatens our planet.

This energy bill will create a set of initiatives that will spur the development of new sources of energy, including wind, solar, and geothermal power. It will also spur new energy savings, like efficient windows and other materials that reduce heating costs in the winter and cooling costs in the summer."

Click for Barack Obama on other issues.   Source: The Greatest Hoax, by James Inhofe, p.109

Newt Gingrich on Energy & Oil : Feb 28, 2012
2008: Our country must take action to address climate change

In 2008, Newt Gingrich sat on a couch in front of the Capitol holding hands with Nancy Pelosi, saying while he and Pelosi rarely agreed, "We do agree our country must take action to address climate change," and "If enough of us demand action from our leaders, we can spark the innovation that we need." Al Gore's Alliance for Climate Protection sponsored the ad. I applaud Newt for saying 3 years after the couch episode, "That is probably the dumbest single thing I've done in recent years."
Click for Newt Gingrich on other issues.   Source: The Greatest Hoax, by James Inhofe, p. 72

Barack Obama on Government Reform : Feb 28, 2012
OpEd: Achieve via regulation what was blocked in legislation

Even though global warming hysteria and cap and trade are long dead, the fight is far from over because President Obama is now moving forward with a plan to achieve through regulation what could not be achieved through legislation. In December of 2009, the Obama EPA issued what it called the "endangerment finding"--a finding that greenhouse gases harm public health and welfare. Armed with this "finding" the EPA is planning to regulate greenhouse gases instead through the Clean Air Act, which was never meant to regulate carbon. Like cap and trade, this plan will have the same $300-$400 billion pricetag, it will put the same amount of jobs in jeopardy, and it will cause the same amount of havoc for our economy. My fight today is to stop them from achieving this cap and trade agenda through the back door.
Click for Barack Obama on other issues.   Source: The Greatest Hoax, by James Inhofe, p. ix

Jill Stein on War & Peace : Feb 3, 2012
End the Oil Wars

Click for Jill Stein on other issues.   Source: 2012 Presidential Campaign website jillstein.org, "Brochure"

Jill Stein on Energy & Oil : Jan 29, 2012
We can't wait 4 more years to address climate change

Q: What about the recent debacle in Durban [the 2011 United Nations Climate Change Conference]?

A: This is another reason why we're running the campaign now--because if you follow the science, we don't have four years to wait. We really have to start tackling this now. It's really important for the climate and it's time that people put their politics where their values and science argue they ought to be. I think Obama supporters are really having a rude awakening right now. The US, as you know, is the largest per capita contributor to climate change and the direction the US pushes goes a long way toward determining what the rest of the world does, and from that perspective, dramatically downscaling carbon emissions goes a long way toward determining the global carbon budget and helps move global policy that way.

Click for Jill Stein on other issues.   Source: Interview with Steve Horn of Truthout.org

Jill Stein on Jobs : Jan 29, 2012
Stimulus spent $220K per job; I propose $20K per green job

The Green New Deal is an emergency jobs creation plan that addresses unemployment & also the climate. It's a win-win on all those fronts and is modeled after the New Deal that helped us get out of the Great Depression. It would jumpstart the economy as a green economy, instead of going back to the same old economy. It goes green and also relocalizes, and it jumpstarts, in particular, small businesses and co-operatives. And in so doing, it puts a stop to escalating climate change.

We're talking about green manufacturing, sustainable local agriculture, public transportation and clean renewable energy that has the added benefit of making wars for oil obsolete. The cost for Obama's stimulus package worked out to be about $220,000 per job created, because the mechanisms were indirect and relied a lot on tax incentives, which don't always get used to create jobs. This, instead, would be money used directly to create jobs and would be more like $20,000 per job created.

Click for Jill Stein on other issues.   Source: Interview with Steve Horn of Truthout.org

Newt Gingrich on Energy & Oil : Dec 1, 2011
1989: prevent global warming; 2012: unclear if warming real

Gingrich said it's unclear whether man-made global warming is real. "I believe we don't know," he told Fox News' Sean Hannity in an interview.

In 2008 Gingrich appeared in an ad with then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi urging action on climate change. "Our country must take action to address climate change," he said in 2008. Gingrich recently said that the ad was "the dumbest thing I've done in recent years."

Earlier in his career, Gingrich co-sponsored a 1989 bill stating that climate change was "resulting from human activities."

    Findings in the Global Warming Prevention Act of 1989 (HR.1078): The Congress finds that:
  1. the Earth's atmosphere is being changed at an unprecedented rate by pollutants resulting from human activities
  2. global warming will accelerate the present sea level rise and thereby threaten to inundate low-lying coastal lands
  3. global warming imperils human health and well-being
  4. global warming will jeopardize prospects for sustainable development.
Click for Newt Gingrich on other issues.   Source: Huffington Post, "Global Warming"

Mitt Romney on Energy & Oil : Nov 22, 2011
Humans contribute to world getting warmer

Romney is no flat-earth reactionary, acknowledging the realities of global warming and calling for new, tough international energy and greenhouse gas policies "that both reduce greenhouse gas emissions and global dependence on oil."

In summer 2010, he delivered an unequivocal response to questions about his views on the deterioration of the environment: "I don't speak for the scientific community, of course, but I believe the world's getting warmer. I can't prove that, but I believe based on what I read that the world is getting warmer. And number two, I believe that humans contribute to that. I don't know how much our contribution is to that, because I know that there have been periods of greater heat and warmth in the past, but I believe we contribute to that. And so I think it's important for us to reduce our emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases that may well be significant contributors to the climate change and the global warming that you're seeing."

Click for Mitt Romney on other issues.   Source: An Inside Look, by R.B.Scott, p.195

Condoleezza Rice on Energy & Oil : Nov 1, 2011
Kyoto Protocol fatally flawed, but address climate change

The first confrontation with our European allies was climate change. During the 2000 campaign the governor had been clearly opposed to the Kyoto Protocol.

In 2001, the President wrote to four Republican senators who had asked the administration to clarify its position on limiting greenhouse pollutants. I told the President we needed to change one sentence, which criticized the Kyoto Protocol in the harshest possible terms and suggested we would have nothing to do with it. I wanted to add mitigatin language saying that even though we could not support the treaty because it was fatally flawed, we would work with our allies to address the problem of climate change. But the President said, "It's too late."

In fairness to the President, I think he had thought of the letter as addressing a DOMESTIC issue for our Congress. But I knew better. We suffered through this issue over the years: drawing that early line in the sand helped to establish our reputation for "unilateralism." We handled it badly.

Click for Condoleezza Rice on other issues.   Source: No Higher Honor, by Condoleezza Rice, p. 41-42

Sarah Palin on Environment : Sep 20, 2011
2007: Opposed listing polar bears as endangered species

She took time to oppose the listing of polar bears as an endangered species. "The polar bear has become a metaphor in the highly charged climate debate," she said. Her stance on the issue was clear: only snake oil science suggested that man-made carbon emissions were responsible for global warning, not that she believed in global warming. In Sarah's mind, God managed the earth's climate and he'd done pretty darned good job up to now.
Click for Sarah Palin on other issues.   Source: The Rogue, by Joe McGinniss, p.228

Rick Perry on Energy & Oil : Sep 7, 2011
Don't put economy in jeopardy based on unsettled science

Q: You said scientists are coming forward to question the idea that human activity is behind climate change.

PERRY: The science is not settled on this. The idea that we would put Americans' economy in jeopardy based on scientific theory that's not settled yet, to me, is just nonsense. I mean, Galileo got outvoted for a spell. But asking us to cut back in areas that would have monstrous economic impact on this country is not good economics and I will suggest to you is not necessarily good science. Find out what the science truly is before you start putting the American economy in jeopardy.

Q: Are there specific theories that you've found especially compelling?

PERRY: Let me tell you what I find compelling, is what we've done in the state of Texas. Not by some scientist somewhere saying, "Here is what we think is happening out there." The science is not settled on whether or not the climate change is being impacted by man to the point where we're going to put America's economics in jeopardy.

Click for Rick Perry on other issues.   Source: 2011 GOP debate in Simi Valley CA at the Reagan Library

Rick Perry on Energy & Oil : Sep 7, 2011
FactCheck: Yes, climate change is settled science

Perry said on global warming, "The science is not settled on this. The idea that we would put Americans' economy at jeopardy based on scientific theory that's not settled yet, to me, is just, is nonsense. Find out what the science truly is before you start putting the American economy in jeopardy."

THE FACTS: The scientific consensus on climate change is about as settled as any major scientific issue can be. Perry's opinion runs counter to the view of an overwhelming majority of scientists that pollution released from the burning of fossil fuels is heating up the planet. The National Academy of Sciences, in an investigation requested by Congress, concluded last year: "Climate change is occurring, is very likely caused primarily by human activities, and poses significant risks to humans and the environment."

Click for Rick Perry on other issues.   Source: AP FactCheck on 2011 GOP debate in Simi Valley CA

Rick Perry on Environment : Sep 7, 2011
We reduced NO2 and ozone in TX without scientists dictating

Q: Are there specific scientists that you've found especially compelling on climate change?

PERRY: Let me tell you what I find compelling, is what we've done in Texas, using our ability to regulate our clean air. We cleaned up our air in the state of Texas, more than any other state in the nation during the decade. Nitrous oxide levels, down by 57%. Ozone levels down by 27%. That's the way you need to do it, not by some scientist somewhere saying, "Here is what we think is happening out there."

Click for Rick Perry on other issues.   Source: 2011 GOP debate in Simi Valley CA at the Reagan Library

Gary Johnson on Energy & Oil : Jun 15, 2011
I accept global warming but not cap-and-trade

Q: What about climate?

A: I accept the fact that there is global warming and I accept the fact that it's man caused. That said, I am opposed to cap and trade. I'm a free market guy when it comes to the clean environment the number-one factor when it comes to the clean environment is a good economy.

Q: You don't think there's a policy response? It's making people richer that would help?

A: Good economies results in cleaner environment. That's been the history of the planet till this point.

Click for Gary Johnson on other issues.   Source: Tim Dickinson in Rolling Stone Magazine

Jesse Ventura on Energy & Oil : Apr 4, 2011
Military agrees: climate change represents a serious threat

Back in 2006, the Center for Naval Analyses (CNA), a federally funded R&D center for the Navy and Marine Corps, brought together a Military Advisory Board of eleven retired three-star and four-star admirals and generals. Their task was to examine the impact of global climate change for future national security. The report came out in April 2007. Its conclusion is that climate represents "a serious threat" that is likely to create "instability in some of the most volatile regions of the world."

I find it very chilling that the U.S. military would recognize this situation and begin preparations for us how to deal with it, when many of our elected officials are still prepared to think climate change is some kind of hoax! We're like the proverbial ostrich with its head buried in the sand.

Click for Jesse Ventura on other issues.   Source: 63 Documents, by Gov. Jesse Ventura, p.157

Bobby Jindal on Energy & Oil : Nov 15, 2010
Cap-and-trade is a jobs bill for other countries

The liberal attack on fossil fuels doesn't even make sense in the context of global warming--destroying our domestic energy production and manufacturing base and expanding our jobs abroad won't cut the world's carbon emissions. In fact, these jobs will go to countries like Mexico, China, & India, while more of our oil and natural gas will come from countries like Venezuela, Saudi Arabia, & Russia--all of which have much weaker environmental laws than we do. Do you really think a smokestack in Tijuana will produce fewer emissions than one in San Diego?

Keep that in mind next time you hear the Democrats' proposals for a "cap and trade" scheme. In addition to increasing utility costs of homeowners, charging our own companies for releasing carbon will provoke a lot of them simply to relocate to countries that don't charge these fees. Still, at least the Democrats' rhetoric is honest on this issue. Cap and trade IS a jobs bill--for other countries. It is a win/win--for the rest of the world

Click for Bobby Jindal on other issues.   Source: Leadership and Crisis, by Bobby Jindal, p.209

Carly Fiorina on Energy & Oil : Sep 2, 2010
Examine the science; US can't act alone on global warming

Fiorina did not directly answer when asked whether she believes global warming is real. "We should always have the courage to examine the science," she said, "but all scientists agree on this: The only way to impact global warming is to act globally. A state acting alone will make no difference." She criticized Boxer's efforts to pass federal legislation that would have cut greenhouse gas emissions through a program of emission permits. Boxer's bill, Fiorina said, "was completely the wrong track" and would have cost "trillions of dollars in lost economic output [and] millions of jobs."

But Fiorina declined to take a position on Proposition 23, the November ballot measure that would suspend California's landmark global warming law until unemployment drops to 5.5% or lower for four consecutive quarters.

Boxer seized on her opponent's reticence: "If you can't take a stand on Prop. 23 I don't know what you will take a stand on," Boxer said. "I want those [clean energy] jobs created here in America."

Click for Carly Fiorina on other issues.   Source: Los Angeles Times coverage of 2010 CA Senate Debate

John Bolton on Energy & Oil : May 18, 2010
Increased taxation is not the answer to global warming

The mother of all such plans is in the environmental area: the Kyoto/Copenhagen global warming enterprise. Buried in the failed Copenhagen negotiations were critical provisions to generate funding for "climate change" activities completely free of congressional action.

There are many grounds to oppose Copenhagen's statist agenda, but the issue of taxation should be one of the most important. Whatever the reality of the earth's changing temperature and humanity's role in it, the fundamental debate should be over the proposed solutions. If increased taxation, regulation, and control at the national or international levels are the answers, we are clearly asking the wrong questions.

Click for John Bolton on other issues.   Source: Obama is Endangering our Sovereignty, by John Bolton, p. 35

Barack Obama on Technology : May 18, 2010
Network clean energy transmission lines like highway network

Obama offered the climate change czarina billions more in the stimulus for construction of the so-called smart grid. Obama agreed with Al Gore that boosting clean energy wouldn't mean much without building a new network of modern national transmission lines for electricity. The real goal, he thought, should be to make the grid akin to the Interstate Highway system in the 1950s or the Internet in the 1990s: a prime engine of growth for the economy. He liked to talk about thousands of miles of transmission lines and 40 million "smart meters" across the country.

But reality soon intruded. The NIMBY ("not in my backyard") problem afflicted the smart-grid debate. The regulatory hurdles to modernizing the grid were beyond belief; it turned out that no fewer than 31 different state and local regulators had to sign off on modernization. Obama was appalled. "We went to the moon!" he said. "We can do better than this! Go back and talk to more people."

Click for Barack Obama on other issues.   Source: The Promise: Obama Year One, by Jonathan Alter, p. 89

Newt Gingrich on Energy & Oil : May 17, 2010
Doomsday climate theory pushes massive wealth transfer

A global, left-wing environmental movement organized around a doomsday theory of climate change is pushing for a massive wealth transfer for the West to developing nations, and an enormous increase in bureaucratic control but governments. Meanwhile, UN-designated experts and an alliance of global bureaucrats are lobbying for treaties to enforce international climate change regulations within a system of global taxation. This entire "solution" is a kind of class warfare applied to nation states.

With our historical emphasis on free enterprise and national sovereignty, Americans have resisted these extreme measures. But we believe genuine environmental problems, many of them ignored due to the global warming obsessions, cannot be resolved without U.S. leadership.

Click for Newt Gingrich on other issues.   Source: To Save America, by Newt Gingrich, p.235-236

Barack Obama on Environment : May 17, 2010
Greenhouse gases declared dangerous to public health

As the UN's annual climate change conference began in Copenhagen on December 7, 2009, Obama's EPA chief, Lisa Jackson, announced the EPA now considers six greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide and methane, dangerous to the environment and public health, and that the EPA would begin drawing up new regulations to arbitrarily reduce them.

The announcement deliberately coincided with the climate change conference, which aims to establish an international treaty to reduce greenhouse emissions. Of course, the president cannot implement a treaty by himself; he needs the approval of two-thirds of the U.S. Senate. So the EPA's announcement was actually a threat to circumvent the Senate's constitutional prerogatives. Obama was indicating he would commit the United States to carbon-cutting goals reached at Copenhagen, and if the Senate refused to approve a carbon-cutting treaty or to pass capo and trade, Obama would simply use the EPA to regulate carbon whether the Senate likes it or not.

Click for Barack Obama on other issues.   Source: To Save America, by Newt Gingrich, p. 81

Scott Walker on Energy & Oil : Apr 20, 2010
Supports using traditional energy sources

It's inexcusable that at the same time high taxes are driving jobs and people from our state, Governor Doyle and Mayor Barrett are championing global warming legislation that would mandate billions of dollars in new spending to produce the exact same energy we use today. Wisconsin families will pay a steep price for these costly new regulations in higher utility bills.
Click for Scott Walker on other issues.   Source: 2010 gubernatorial press release, "Global Warming"

Mitt Romney on Energy & Oil : Mar 2, 2010
Climate change is occurring, with SOME human contribution

I believe that climate change is occurring--the reduction in the size of global ice caps is hard to ignore. I also believe that human activity is a contributing factor.

I am uncertain how much of the warming, however, is attributable to man and how much is attributable to factors out of our control. I do not support radical feel-good policies like a unilateral US cap-and-trade mandate. Such policies would have little effect on the climate but could cripple economic growth.

Oil is purported to be one of the primary contributors to rising global temperatures. If in fact global warming is importantly caused by our energy appetite, it's yet one more reason for going on an energy diet.

Scientists are nearly unanimous in laying the blame for rising temperatures on greenhouse gas emissions. Of course there are also reasons for skepticism. The earth may be getting warmer, but there have been numerous times in the earth's history when temperatures have been warmer than they are now.

Click for Mitt Romney on other issues.   Source: No Apology, by Mitt Romney, p.227

Mitt Romney on Energy & Oil : Mar 2, 2010
Nuclear power is a win-win: no CO2 and no imports

As nations like China and India make available to their citizens the automobiles, home heaters, air conditioners and appliances that we take for granted in the West, their energy demands--and their emissions--will rise dramatically. Internationally, we should work to limit the increase in emissions in global greenhouse gases.

Whether global warming or energy security is one's primary concern, everyone agrees that finding substitute fuels for oil is a good thing.

Nuclear power is a win-win; it's a domestic energy source with zero greenhouse emissions. Nuclear power poses the single largest opportunity to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions. Without increased nuclear generation, global temperatures cannot achieve the two-degree Celsius goal. So if you're serious about global warming, you have to say yes to nuclear; and if like me you're serious about energy security, you get to the same place.

Click for Mitt Romney on other issues.   Source: No Apology, by Mitt Romney, p.230&239-240

Mitt Romney on Principles & Values : Mar 2, 2010
President should proudly defend US, not apologize for her

President Obama's presupposition is that America is in a state of inevitable decline. A recurring theme in Pres. Obama's rhetoric is that "more than at any point in human history, the interest of nations and peoples are shared" and that the "common interests of human beings"--ending global warming, stopping nuclear proliferation, achieving peace and prosperity--is stronger than the differences among nations. Pres. Obama envisions himself as the world's great bridge builder and synthesizer.

In a world composed of nations that are filled with rage and hate for the US, our president should proudly defend her rather than continually apologize for her.

I reject the view that America must decline. I believe in American exceptionalism. I am convinced that we can act together to strengthen the nation, to preserve our global leadership, and to protect freedom where it exits and promote it where it does not.

Click for Mitt Romney on other issues.   Source: No Apology, by Mitt Romney, p. 28-29

Barack Obama on Energy & Oil : Nov 30, 2009
Cap-and-trade: lower CO2 levels by fees on carbon emissions

Obama's solution to climate change is an ambitious new regulatory scheme called "cap-and-trade."

The point of cap-and-trade is to lower the earth's CO2 levels by forcing people to pay to produce or emit carbon. A carbon tax would be the most straightforward way to achieve this, but industry lobbyists and most politicians, including Barack Obama and John McCain, favor cap-and-trade., We can guess a few of the reasons.

First, cap-and-trade is not called a "tax," which makes it easier to sell, even though it functions much like a tax. Probably more important--cap-and-trade necessarily involves more political tinkering and more lobbying.

Cap-and-trade requires an emitter to pay for his emissions with special permits. The government would dictate how many permits are in circulation.

But this basic groundwork leaves many questions--and corporate lobbyists are eager to help Congress and the Obama administration answer them.

Click for Barack Obama on other issues.   Source: Obamanomics, by Timothy P. Carney, p.105-106

Sarah Palin on Energy & Oil : Nov 13, 2009
FactCheck: Yes, Obama climate law costs consumers $145/year

PALIN: Says Obama has admitted that the climate change policy he seeks will cause people's electricity bills to "skyrocket."

THE FACTS: She correctly quotes a comment attributed to Obama in January 2008, when he told San Francisco Chronicle editors that under his cap-and-trade climate proposal, "electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket" as utilities are forced to retrofit coal burning power plants to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

Obama has argued since then that climate legislation can blunt the cost to consumers. Democratic legislation now before Congress calls for a variety of measures aimed at mitigating consumer costs. Several studies predict average household costs probably would be $100 to $145 a year.

Click for Sarah Palin on other issues.   Source: AP Fact Check about "Going Rogue", in NY Times

Barack Obama on Energy & Oil : Sep 22, 2009
History will pass judgment on our response to climate change

Recently, I acknowledged 2 positive actions: his attempt to make health care available to the 47 million Americans who don't have access to it, and his concern about climate change. The views of many heads of state on the ignored and neglected issue of climate change are still unknown. As the representative of the country hosting the UN high-level meeting on the issue, Obama was the 1st to express his opinion. What did he say? I will refer to the substance of his remarks:
Click for Barack Obama on other issues.   Source: Obama and the Empire, by Fidel Castro, p. 91-2

Jeb Bush on Energy & Oil : Aug 1, 2009
I'm a skeptic about global warming

Q: Do you believe global warming is primarily man-made?

A: I'm a skeptic. I'm not a scientist. I think the science has been politicized. I would be very wary of hollowing out our industrial base even further. It may be only partially man-made. It may not be warming by the way. The last six years we've actually had mean temperatures that are cooler. I think we need to be very cautious before we dramatically alter who we are as a nation because of it.

Click for Jeb Bush on other issues.   Source: Tucker Carlson interview of Jeb Bush in Esquire

Tim Kaine on Energy & Oil : Jan 14, 2009
Reduce electricity consumption by 19% by 2025

To ensure that the biggest energy purchasers aggressively pursue renewable energy, I have proposed raising Virginia's renewable portfolio standard--the amount of Virginia power companies' electricity that must be generated from alternative energy sources--from 12% to 15% by the year 2025.

I have proposed to implement the Climate Change Commission's top recommendation--the reduction of electricity consumption by 19% of current levels by 2025, with appropriate adjustments for population growth.

Click for Tim Kaine on other issues.   Source: Virginia 2009 State of the State address

Rahm Emanuel on Energy & Oil : Jan 5, 2009
Backing away from Kyoto was policy error & economic error

Backing away from the Kyoto agreement on climate change was not only a foreign policy blunder, but an economic one. A climate change agreement would force the US to adopt a real energy plan, and to seize the lead in development of energy-efficient technologies. Energy efficiency can enable our economy to keep growing, even as we begin to curb our contribution to climate change. For example, the average efficiency of America's 10,000 electric power plants--33%--hasn't improved since 1960. Transmission losses on power lines have doubled since 1970. Distributed energy systems like solar and wind power have the potential to achieve efficiencies as high as 90%.
Click for Rahm Emanuel on other issues.   Source: The Plan, by Rahm Emanuel, p.165-166

Joe Biden on Energy & Oil : Oct 2, 2008
Obama believes in investing in alternative energy

BIDEN: We have 3 percent of the world’s oil reserves. We consume 25% of the oil. John has voted 20 times in the last decade-and-a-half against funding alternative energy sources, clean energy sources, wind, solar, biofuels. Obama believes by investing in clean coal and safe nuclear, we can not only create jobs in wind and solar here, we can export it.

PALIN: I was the first governor to form a climate change sub-cabinet to start dealing with the impacts. We’ve got to reduce emissions. John McCain is right there with an “all of the above” approach to deal with climate change impacts. As we rely more on other countries that don’t care as much about the climate as we do, we’re allowing them to produce and to emit and even pollute more than America would ever stand for. It’s all the more reason that we have an “all of the above” approach, tapping into alternative sources of energy and conserving fuel, conserving our petroleum products and our hydrocarbons so that we can clean up this planet

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Sarah Palin on Energy & Oil : Oct 2, 2008
Cyclical temperature changes affect climate change

Q: What is true and what is false about what we have heard about the causes of climate change?

PALIN: As governor of the nation’s only Arctic state, Alaska feels & sees impacts of climate change more so than any other state. And we know that it’s real. I’m not one to attribute every activity of man to the changes in the climate. There is something to be said also for man’s activities, but also for the cyclical temperature changes on our planet. But there are real changes going on in our climate. And I don’t want to argue about the causes. What I want to argue about is, how are we going to get there to positively affect the impacts? We have got to clean up this planet. We have got to encourage other nations also to come along with us with the impacts of climate change, what we can do about that.

BIDEN: Well, I think it’s clearly manmade. If you don’t understand what the cause is, it’s virtually impossible to come up with a solution. We know what the cause is. The cause is manmade.

Click for Sarah Palin on other issues.   Source: 2008 Vice Presidential debate against Sen. Joe Biden

Sarah Palin on Energy & Oil : Oct 2, 2008
All-of-the-above approach to deal with climate change

PALIN: I was the first governor to form a climate change sub-cabinet to start dealing with the impacts. We’ve got to reduce emissions. John McCain is right there with an “all of the above” approach to deal with climate change impacts. As we rely more on other countries that don’t care as much about the climate as we do, we’re allowing them to produce and to emit and even pollute more than America would ever stand for. It’s all the more reason that we have an “all of the above” approach, tapping into alternative sources of energy and conserving fuel, conserving our petroleum products and our hydrocarbons so that we can clean up this planet.

BIDEN: We have 3% of the world’s oil reserves. We consume 25% of the oil. John has voted 20 times in the last decade-and-a-half against funding alternative energy sources, clean energy sources, wind, solar, biofuels. Obama believes by investing in clean coal and safe nuclear, we can not only create jobs in wind and solar here, we can export it.

Click for Sarah Palin on other issues.   Source: 2008 Vice Presidential debate against Joe Biden

Joe Biden on Energy & Oil : Oct 2, 2008
Cause of global warming is clearly Man-made

Q: What is true and what is false about what we have heard about the causes of climate change?

PALIN: As governor of the nation’s only Arctic state, Alaska feels & sees impacts of climate change more so than any other state. And we know that it’s real. I’m not one to attribute every activity of man to the changes in the climate. There is something to be said also for man’s activities, but also for the cyclical temperature changes on our planet. But there are real changes going on in our climate. And I don’t want to argue about the causes. What I want to argue about is, how are we going to get there to positively affect the impacts?

BIDEN: Well, I think it is manmade. I think it’s clearly manmade. If you don’t understand what the cause is, it’s virtually impossible to come up with a solution. We know what the cause is. The cause is manmade. That’s the cause. That’s why the polar icecap is melting.

Click for Joe Biden on other issues.   Source: 2008 Vice Presidential debate against Gov. Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin on Energy & Oil : Aug 29, 2008
Global warming affects Alaska, but is not man-made

Q: What is your take on global warming and how is it affecting our country?

A: A changing environment will affect Alaska more than any other state, because of our location. I’m not one though who would attribute it to being man-made.

Click for Sarah Palin on other issues.   Source: Q&A with Newsmax.com’s Mike Coppock

Joe Biden on Foreign Policy : Aug 27, 2008
The US is less secure and more isolated in recent history

Our country is less secure and more isolated that it has been any time it has in recent history. The Bush foreign policy has dug us into a very deep hole, with very few friends to help us climb out. For the last seven years, the administration has failed to face the biggest forces shaping this century. The emergence of Russia, China and India’s great powers, the spread of lethal weapons, the shortage of secure supplies of energy, food and water. The challenge of climate change and the resurgence of fundamentalism in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the real central front in the war on terror. We once again see the consequences of the neglect of Russia challenging the very freedom of a new democratic country of Georgia. Barack and I will end that neglect. We will hold Russia accountable for its action and we will help Georgia rebuild. I have been on the ground in Georgia, Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and I can tell you in no uncertain terms, this administration’s policy has been an abysmal failure.
Click for Joe Biden on other issues.   Source: Speech at 2008 Democratic National Convention

Barack Obama on Energy & Oil : May 4, 2008
Figure out how to sequester carbon and burn clean coal

Q: In terms of global warming, you’ve talked about wind and solar and biofuels. What about nuclear?

A: I think we do have to look at nuclear, and what we’ve got to figure out is can we store the material properly? Can we make sure that they’re secure? Can we deal with the expense? My attitude when it comes to energy is there’s no silver bullet. We’ve got to look at every possible option. You know, I’ve said the same thing about coal. I have a aggressive goal of reducing carbon emissions, and coal is a dirty fuel right now. But if we can figure out how to sequester carbon and burn clean coal, we’re the Saudi Arabia of coal, and I don’t think that we can dismiss out of hand the use of coal as part of our energy mix. What we are going to have to understand, though, is that global warming is real, it is serious and that whatever options we come up with, if they are not addressing the fact that the planet is getting warmer, then we are failing not just this generation, but future generations.

Click for Barack Obama on other issues.   Source: Meet the Press: 2008 “Meet the Candidates” series

Hillary Clinton on Energy & Oil : Apr 13, 2008
Cap-and-trade as president; compact fluorescents at home

Q: Can we address global poverty and climate change without changing our standard of living?

A: I believe there is so much we can do that would not demonstrably undermine our standard of living, but it would give us the opportunity to set an example an to be a model. There are simple steps any one of us can take--turning off lights when one leaves a room, unplugging appliances, changing to compact fluorescent bulbs--my husband and I have done that & we feel like we’re making a small contribution to limiting the amount of greenhouse gas emissions. I hope that, as president, I can model that and lead that effort so that people don’t feel so threatened by the changes we’re talking about when it comes to dealing with global warming. And we can do more. Now there’s so much that I have to do as president with the cap-and-trade system, with moving away from our dependence on foreign oil, but I’m going to look for ways that will cushion the costs on middle class and working and poor people.

Click for Hillary Clinton on other issues.   Source: 2008 Democratic Compassion Forum at Messiah College

Barack Obama on Environment : Apr 13, 2008
Genesis teaches stewardship of earth: sacrifice for future

Q: Could you give an example of how you relate your faith to science policy?

A: One of the things I draw from the Genesis story is the importance of us being good stewards of the land, of this incredible gift. And I think there have been times where we haven’t been [good stewards], and this is one of those times where we’ve got to take the warning seriously [about climate change]. And part of what my religious faith teaches me is to take an intergenerational view, to recognize that we are borrowing this planet from our children and our grandchildren. And this is where religious faith and the science of global warming converge: We have to find resources in ourselves to make sacrifices so we don’t leave it to the next generation. We’ve got to be less wasteful, both as a society and in our own individual lives. I think religion can actually bolster our desire to make those sacrifices now. As president, I hope to rally the entire world around the importance of us being good stewards of the land.

Click for Barack Obama on other issues.   Source: 2008 Democratic Compassion Forum at Messiah College

Rick Perry on Energy & Oil : Feb 12, 2008
Manmade global warming: "It's-All-Our-Fault" theory

You can't have rational discussions with the left about nature versus nurture or global warming because they claim science has already weighed in. Yet, science reveals new discoveries all the time. Here we are again at a well-worn crossroads: The left advocates tolerance while crushing dissenting views.

When it comes to manmade global warming, many scientists who once advocated it is caused by human activity have abandoned that theory after closer study. Where are the stories on this growing SCIENTIFIC movement? Alas, many in the news media have already invested too much in a particular storyline, just as some scientists continue promoting It's-All-Our-Fault theory because their research grants are dependent on it. In 25 years, when this theory has been discarded alongside other ideas that didn't stand the test of time, perhaps there will be a one-day story announcing its demise. Then the left will be on to its next theory created to advance a particular political agenda.

Click for Rick Perry on other issues.   Source: On My Honor, by Gov. Rick Perry, p.185-186

Mike Bloomberg on Energy & Oil : Feb 11, 2008
Cities are taking the lead on climate change

Serious carbon targets will not hamper growth, and it will leave us all better off. If the US and the developing nations make such commitments, then the prospects for a new international global warming accord improve greatly. The world cannot wait for 2009. Global warming demands immediate action. The world’s great cities recognize that. Leaders in local governments around the globe are already moving aggressively and creatively to fight climate change.

It’s why, even though our national government has yet to approve the Kyoto Protocol, more than 700 cities in the US, representing more than 80 million Americans, have pledged to meet its goals. And it’s why, later this year, NYC will convene a 2-day conference of representatives from more than 20 major world cities. It will feature experts in such fields as transportation, city planning, public health; and it will address the challenges that the world’s cities share in reducing urban air pollution and curbing climate change.

Click for Mike Bloomberg on other issues.   Source: Speech to the United Nations on tropical hardwoods

Mike Bloomberg on Energy & Oil : Feb 11, 2008
US must set real and binding carbon reduction targets

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Bali, which was my privilege to address, was an historic gathering. It set the stage for a global compact that advances the progress begun some 10 years ago at Kyoto.

However, between now and the Copenhagen Conference next year, we must establish, I think, the preconditions for such progress. Both developed and developing nations must recognize the need to alter their policies and make serious commitments to change. And I believe that our experience in New York City, and the experience of many of the world’s other great cities, too, can help guide that process.

The first precondition for making the Copenhagen negotiations a success, I believe, is that the US, which leads the world in greenhouse gas production, must finally set real and binding carbon reduction targets. And I believe the American people are prepared to accept our responsibility to lead by example.

Click for Mike Bloomberg on other issues.   Source: Speech to the United Nations on tropical hardwoods

Mitt Romney on Energy & Oil : Jan 13, 2008
Need worldwide global warming solutions; not CAFE or US tax

Q: What about the domestic auto industry?

A: Look at Washington. They gave it CAFE standards, which hurt. Some Senators are talking about a new form of tax on energy in this country, which would make it even harder on the domestic companies.

Q: Well, their point is that you have got to do something about global warming. Isn’t that your understanding?

A: Oh, sure. And there’s nothing wrong with dealing with global warming. But there is a big difference between talking about global warming, which requires global solutions, and the idea of America warming. No one talks about America warming. If we’re going to have solutions that deal, for instance, with a cap in trade program or a BTU tax or anything of that nature, it has to be global in its sweep. But Sen. McCain’s proposition is that we do this as America only. A unilateral effort would only cause higher costs here, and give the advantage to nations that already have a substantial cost advantage.

Click for Mitt Romney on other issues.   Source: CNN Late Edition: 2008 presidential series with Wolf Blitzer

Hillary Clinton on Environment : Dec 13, 2007
Advocate a cap and trade system

I advocate a cap and trade system. What the auction of pollution permits is taking that money and invest in new technologies, new ways of getting to our objectives that I’ve outline inside my energy plan. I want to use some of it to cushion the costs tha will come on to the US consumer. It’s not just enough to tackle global warming, we’ve got to enlist the help of the next generation. My fifth grade teacher said it was to study math and science, but it gave me an idea of contributing to my country.
Click for Hillary Clinton on other issues.   Source: 2007 Des Moines Register Democratic Debate

Hillary Clinton on Foreign Policy : Dec 13, 2007
Establish leadership & moral authority via multilateralism

Q: When future historians write of your administration’s foreign policy pursuits, what will be noted as your doctrine and the vision you cast for U.S. diplomatic relations?

A: It will be a doctrine of restoring America’s leadership and moral authority through multilateral organizations, through attempts to come to agreements on issues ranging from global warming to stopping the proliferation of nuclear weapons and other dangerous weapons. It will be a doctrine that demonstrates that the United States is not afraid to cooperate; that through cooperation in our interdependent world, we actually can build a stronger country and a stronger world that will be more reflective of our values.

Click for Hillary Clinton on other issues.   Source: 2007 Des Moines Register Democratic debate

Mitt Romney on Energy & Oil : Dec 12, 2007
Invest in new technologies to get us off of foreign oil

Confronting climate change is going to help our economy because we’re going to invest in new technologies to get ourselves off of foreign oil, and as we get ourselves off of foreign oil, we also dramatically reduce our CO2 emissions. That’s good for the environment; it’s also good for our economy. Because $300 to $400 billion worth of oil a year from other people who use it against us, that’s bad for our economy, it’s also bad for the environment. We can do these things in a way that help both the environment and the economy and national security. Is global warming an issue for the world? Absolutely. Is it something we can deal with by becoming energy independent and energy secure? We sure can. At the same time, we call it global warming, not America warming. So let’s not put a burden on us alone and have the rest of the world skate by without having to participate in this effort. It’s a global effort, but our independence is something we can do unilaterally.
Click for Mitt Romney on other issues.   Source: 2007 Des Moines Register Republican Debate

Barack Obama on Energy & Oil : Dec 4, 2007
Aggressively address accelerating climate change

Q: What do you think the toughest choice you have left to make is? What haven’t you made up your mind on yet? And why haven’t you?

A: The issue of climate change. I’ve put forward one of the most aggressive proposals out there, but the science seems to be coming in indicating it’s accelerating even more quickly with every passing day. And by the time I take office, I think we’re going to have to have a serious conversation about how drastic steps we need to take to address it.

Click for Barack Obama on other issues.   Source: 2007 Democratic radio debate on NPR

Joe Biden on Energy & Oil : Nov 11, 2007
Supports cap-and-trade for greenhouse gases

On climate change Biden occupies what has become the conventional liberal middle-ground, supporting “a ‘cap-and-trade’ approach to regulating emissions and investment in technologies” to reduce greenhouse gasses.
Click for Joe Biden on other issues.   Source: The Contenders, by Laura Flanders, p.180

Mike Bloomberg on Energy & Oil : Nov 2, 2007
While greenhouse gas pollution is free, it will be abundant

We have to stop ignoring the laws of economics. As long as greenhouse gas pollution is free, it will be abundant. If we want to reduce it, there has to be a cost for producing it. The voluntary targets suggested by Pres. Bush would be like voluntary speed limits--doomed to fail. If we’re serious about climate change, the question is not whether we should put a value on greenhouse gas pollution, but how we should do it. [I prefer a direct charge over cap-and-trade].
Click for Mike Bloomberg on other issues.   Source: Keynote Address to the US Conference of Mayors

Mike Bloomberg on Energy & Oil : Nov 2, 2007
PlaNYC: convert 13,000 taxis to hybrids or high-efficiency

I think illegal guns and climate change are two of the best examples of cities leading where Washington has not. On both issues, those in Washington prefer talk to action. The Second Amendment [is used as] a political duck-and-cover that allows legislators to escape responsibility for fixing a serious problem.

On climate change, the duck-and-cover usually involves pointing the finger at others. It’s China-this & India-that. But wait a second. This is the United States of America. When there’s a major challenge, we don’t wait for others to act. We lead. And we lead by example. That’s what all of us here are doing.

When we developed our long-term sustainability plan in NYC, which we call PlaNYC, we made no apologies for stealing the very best ideas--and we came up with some of our own, including converting our 13,000 taxis to hybrids or high-efficiency vehicles. This will not only help clean our air and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, it will save each driver about $4,500 a year in gas costs

Click for Mike Bloomberg on other issues.   Source: Keynote Address to the US Conference of Mayors

Mike Bloomberg on Energy & Oil : Nov 2, 2007
Direct charge over cap-and-trade, to raise cost of carbon

If we’re serious about climate change, the question is not whether we should put a value on greenhouse gas pollution, but how we should do it. To raise the cost of carbon, we can take either an indirect approach--creating a cap-and-trade system of pollution credits--or a direct approach: charging a fee for greenhouse gas pollutants.

Cap-and-trade is an easier political sell because the costs are hidden--but they’re still there. There are also logistical issues: The market for trading carbon credits will be much more difficult to police than the market for the sulfur dioxide credits that greatly reduced acid rain.

A direct charge would eliminate the uncertainty that companies would face in a cap-and-trade system. It would be easier to implement and enforce, it would prevent special interests from opening up loopholes, & it would create an opportunity to cut taxes.

Click for Mike Bloomberg on other issues.   Source: Keynote Address to the US Conference of Mayors

Hillary Clinton on Energy & Oil : Sep 4, 2007
Led delegation, with McCain, to see effects of polar warming

Virtually the entire Senate voted for a resolution opposing the Kyoto Climate Change Treaty even before I could submit it for ratification.

All that changed after 9/11 and the Iraqi War. With oil prices soaring and mounting evidence of the destructive impacts of climate change, everyone began to take the issue more seriously. Sen. John McCain and Hillary led delegations of more skeptical senators to northern Norway and Alaska to see the already clear impact of warming for themselves. Other countries proved that clean efficient energy use could be profitable. While the US government was condemning Kyoto as a threat to growth, the United Kingdom determined to beat its Kyoto reduction target by 25% to 50%, and in so doing created enough good jobs to enjoy something we Americans didn't--rising wages and declining inequality. Germany is now the number one producer of wind energy, and Japan leads the world in the production and installation of solar panels.

Click for Hillary Clinton on other issues.   Source: Giving, by Bill Clinton, p.154-155

Mitt Romney on Energy & Oil : Aug 31, 2007
Exporting carbon emissions to China hurts US and planet

On Global Warming: “I want to make sure we don’t do something which costs hundreds of billions of dollars in this country and makes us less competitive with China and India. If carbon-emitting manufacturing moves to other countries, we’ve done nothing for the planet and we’ve hurt ourselves immeasurably.
Click for Mitt Romney on other issues.   Source: The Man, His Values, & His Vision, p.113

Barack Obama on Foreign Policy : Aug 26, 2007
Strengthen NATO to face 21st-century threats

Barack Obama will restore America’s leadership abroad, reform and enhance international organizations and strengthen our alliances. He will strengthen NATO to face 21st-century threats, forge a new and lasting framework for collective security in Asia, and work with other countries around the world to combat global climate change.
Click for Barack Obama on other issues.   Source: 2008 Presidential campaign website, BarackObama.com “Flyers”

Mike Bloomberg on Energy & Oil : Jun 18, 2007
Reduce NYC carbon emissions by 30% by 2030

An increasing number of people on both sides of the aisle now recognize a major problem: global warming. The science is undeniable and more than any other issue, climate change highlights the need for long-term plans that begin tackling the causes of the problem now.

In New York, we’ve laid out our own detailed plans for reducing carbon emissions by 30% by 2030, investing in more clean energy sources and creating a truly sustainable 21st century city. And we’re going to hold ourselves accountable for meeting interim goals.

Anybody can set goals for 2050 or 2070--but we’ll never reach them unless we start taking real action now. That’s what California and New York are doing, along with many other cities and states. But the federal legislators, as usual, are way behind the curve--laughably setting goals for some far off time when they’ll all be dead and can’t be held accountable!

Click for Mike Bloomberg on other issues.   Source: Speech at “Ceasefire! Bridging The Political Divide” meeting

Hillary Clinton on Energy & Oil : Jun 8, 2007
Extensive funding into alternative energy

At a Sept. 2005 global warming conference, Hillary told the audience there had been an “absence of leadership” by the Bush administration on climate change. She offered her own solution: “I would advocate a much more concerted effort on our government’s part to fund an extensive research project into alternative forms of energy.”

The next day there was a plenary session on global warming. The marquee attraction was Al Gore. Hillary and Gore had vied for Bill’s attention during his presidency, and that rivalry had only intensified after the Clintons left the White House. Bill privately told confidants that he believed that if Hillary emerged as the likely Democratic presidential nominee, Gore would enter as a left-of-Hillary alternative.

One month later, Hillary unveiled a comprehensive clean-energy plan, along the lines she had mentioned at the conference. She suffered the same fate as Gore: Nobody paid attention.

Click for Hillary Clinton on other issues.   Source: Her Way, by Jeff Gerth & Don Van Natta, p.276-277

Mitt Romney on Energy & Oil : Jun 3, 2007
No-regrets policy: biofuel, nuclear power, drill ANWR

Q: Is science wrong on global warming? And what, if any, steps would you take as president to address the issue of climate change?

GIULIANI: I think we have to accept the view that scientists have that there is global warming and that humans contribute to that. It’s frustrating and really dangerous for us to see money going to our enemies because we have to buy oil from certain countries. We should be supporting all the alternatives. We need a project similar to putting a man on the moon.

ROMNEY: Rudy Giuliani is right in terms of an Apollo project to get us energy independent, and the effects of that on global warming are positive. It’s a no-regrets policy. It’s a great idea. [We need,] as a strategic imperative, energy independence for America. And it takes that Apollo project. It also takes biodiesel, biofuel, cellulosic ethanol, nuclear power, more drilling in ANWR. We have to be serious also about efficiency and that’s going to allow us to become energy independent.

Click for Mitt Romney on other issues.   Source: 2007 GOP debate at Saint Anselm College

Mike Huckabee on Environment : May 3, 2007
Follow Boy Scout rule: leave earth better than we found it

Q: Thousands of reputable scientists have concluded with almost certainly that human activity is responsible for the warming of the Earth. Do you believe global warming exists?

A: The most important thing about global warming is this. Whether humans are responsible for the bulk of climate change is going to be left to the scientists, but it’s all of our responsibility to leave this planet in better shape for the future generations than we found it. It’s the old Boy Scout rule of the campsite: You leave the campsite in better shape than you found it. I believe that even our responsibility to God means that we have to be good stewards of this Earth, be good caretakers of the natural resources that don’t belong to us, we just get to use them. We have no right to abuse them.

Click for Mike Huckabee on other issues.   Source: 2007 GOP primary debate, at Reagan library, hosted by MSNBC

Joe Biden on Energy & Oil : Apr 26, 2007
Make every automobile sold be a flex-fuel automobile

We have to make an equivalent of a Manhattan Project [on energy & climate change]. We have to fundamentally shift the way we do it. Barack and I have a bill to make sure that every automobile sold in the US is a flex-fuel automobile; every gas station in America, by the year 2009, has to have 10% of it’s pumps pumping E85 ethanol.

We also have legislation in requiring we invest $100 million a year for the next couple of years in order to be able to find lithium battery technology to be able to power our cars.

We also have legislation talking about capping emissions. Cap them now; not wait. Cap them where they are now. Time’s running out.

But you have to be willing to make multi-billion dollar investments over the next 10 years and set hard goals in order to be able to get to the point where we are no longer dependent.

Click for Joe Biden on other issues.   Source: 2007 South Carolina Democratic primary debate, on MSNBC

Barack Obama on Principles & Values : Feb 15, 2007
Replace partisan bickering with politics of hope

Obama called for universal health care, energy independence, an effective policy to stem global warming, and an end to loud and uncivil, Rush-Limbaugh-like public discourse. “We have come to be consumed by a 24-hour, slash-and-burn, negative-ad, bickering, small-minded politics that does not move us forward,” he said in Portsmouth, aiming his critique at both Republicans and his own party as they glowered across a gaping, ever-widening partisan gulf. “Sometimes one side is up, and the other side is down. But there is not sense that they are coming together in a common-sense, practical, nonideological way to solve the problems that we face.”
Click for Barack Obama on other issues.   Source: Hopes and Dreams, by Steve Dougherty, p. 17-18

Martin O`Malley on Environment : Jan 31, 2007
Adopt the Clean Cars Act to fight global warming

We should accept our responsibility in the fight against global warming by supporting stricter pollution emission standards for cars sold in Maryland by adopting the Clean Cars Act. By taking action, we are not only going to be able to help children who suffer everyday from asthma, we are also going to be able to remove pollutants from the air, and be able, to a degree, to remove those pollutants from the Bay. We can join 11 other states in getting this done, and getting it done this year.
Click for Martin O`Malley on other issues.   Source: 2007 State of the State Address

Mike Huckabee on Energy & Oil : Jan 4, 2007
Kyoto was a mistake, but “Earth in the Balance” is not

You do not have to hug a tree to appreciate one. It would have been a mistake to sign the Kyoto Treaty since it would have given foreign nations the power to impose standards on us. But Al Gore was not entirely wrong when he spoke of earth “in the balance.” Balance is exactly what we need more of in this discussion. All of us need to have a healthy respect for our resources, a responsible level of use of those resources, and a comprehensive plan for either preserving or renewing those resources.
Click for Mike Huckabee on other issues.   Source: From Hope to Higher Ground, by Mike Huckabee, p. 70

Sarah Palin on Energy & Oil : Oct 22, 2006
Analyze potential costs associated with climate change

Q: What role does state government have, if any, in addressing global warming and climate change?

A: We need to analyze the potential economic costs, needs and opportunities associated with climate change. Let’s be cautious in how we react--to make sure we don’t overreact. The Alaska Climate Impact Assessment Commission is supposed to assess the situation and issue a report on March 1, 2007. This is a good start.

Click for Sarah Palin on other issues.   Source: Anchorage Daily News: 2006 gubernatorial candidate profile

Barack Obama on Energy & Oil : Oct 1, 2006
We cannot drill our way out of our addiction to oil

It is hard to overstate the degree to which our addiction to oil undermines our future. Without any change to energy policy, US demand for oil will jump 40% in 20 years. Over the same period, worldwide demand will jump 30%.

A large portion of the $800 million we spend on foreign oil every day goes to some of the world’s most volatile regimes. And there are the environmental consequences. Just about every scientist outside the White House believes climate change is real.

We cannot drill our way out of the problem. Instead of subsidizing the oil industry, we should end every single tax break the industry currently receives and demand that 1% of the revenues from oil companies with over $1 billion in quarterly profits go toward financing alternative energy research and infrastructure.

Over the last 30 years, countries like Brazil have used a mix of regulation and direct government investment to develop a biofuel industry; 70% of its new vehicles run on sugar-based ethanol.

Click for Barack Obama on other issues.   Source: The Audacity of Hope, by Barack Obama, p.167-169

Bernie Sanders on Principles & Values : Jun 3, 2005
Current administration has numbed American outrage

The word outrage has lost its meaning! What does outrage mean when we have an administration that took us to war under false premises? What does outrage mean at a time when the United States has the most unfair gap between the rich and the poor of any industrialized nation? What does outrage mean when the White House and the Republican leadership are some of the few people in the entire world who do not understand the profound dangers of global warming?
Click for Bernie Sanders on other issues.   Source: 2005 Take Back America Conference

Condoleezza Rice on Energy & Oil : Feb 17, 2005
Bring to market transformational energy technologies

Addressing climate change requires a sustained effort by all nations over many generations. Developing & bringing to the marketplace transformational energy technologies will be key. To this end, the US has launched 5 important multilateral partnerships:
  1. The International Methane to Markets Partnership
  2. The International Partnership for a Hydrogen Economy
  3. The Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum
  4. The Generation IV International Forum
  5. The Global Earth Observation initiative.
Click for Condoleezza Rice on other issues.   Source: Congressional testimony, on www.4condi.com, “Issues”

Andrew Cuomo on Energy & Oil : Oct 14, 2003
Repower old power plants to increase efficiency

Greenhouse gas emissions--principally CO2--have accelerated a global warming trend that threatens our agricultural and tourism industries and produces harmful health effects.

The truth is that technology has provided several ways to increase our energy supply dramatically while preserving our environment. In New York State, for example, many older power plants remain in operation despite their inefficiency and resultant polluting. A process known as "repowering" is available to retrofit these plants with new technologies that boost power production while cutting emissions dramatically. Unfortunately, neither states nor the federal government have provided support for repowering by private-sector energy companies during this credit crunch.

To address this problem, our federal and state governments should provide tax credits to existing power plants to offset the costs of repowering older, less efficient power plants with newer, cleaner, more efficient technology.

Click for Andrew Cuomo on other issues.   Source: Crossroads, by Andrew Cuomo, p. 75-76

Hillary Clinton on Energy & Oil : Sep 9, 2000
Ratify Kyoto; more mass transit

As Senator, I will work for New York to get its fair share of federal mass transit funds and to increase the amount of money that goes to transit funds. And, I will vote to ratify the Kyoto Protocol to bring all nations together to address global warming and build a better future for us all.
Click for Hillary Clinton on other issues.   Source: www.hillary2000.org, “Environment”

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