Gary Johnson on Energy & Oil

Libertarian presidential nominee; former Republican NM Governor


Cap-&-trade imposes costs with no environmental improvement

A clean and safe environment is critical to us and to future generations. Government's role in protecting that environment is a fundamental one of protecting us from those who would do us harm. That, however, does not require the government to "manage" the environment by attempting to reward or penalize us in order to direct our behaviors in the marketplace, in our homes, or in our lives. "Cap-and-trade" and other tax schemes, regardless of what they are called, will do little or nothing to improve the environment--while imposing costs we cannot afford.

Effective long-term environmental stewardship and conservation are impossible without a healthy economy and the freedom to make responsible decisions.

Source: Seven Principles, by Gary Johnson, p.149-150 , Aug 1, 2012

Alternative energy good; ethanol subsidies bad

At his core, he's a free-market guy. Free markets for health care, for education, for energy. He talks about alternative energy (good) and ethanol subsidies (bad).
Source: Lisa DePaulo in GQ Magazine , Nov 1, 2011

Supports nuclear power

Q: Do you favor nuclear power?

A: Yes.

Source: Interview by Scott Holleran on scottholleran.com blog , Aug 21, 2011

Current policy prevents common-sense energy development

Q: As President, if you could enact any policy to fix the economy without congressional approval what would it be?

A: Change regulatory & enforcement policies that are preventing common-sense energy development. Millions of jobs would be created. Many other regulatory approaches can be changed as well to create certainty for the private sector. As Governor of NM I had the best jobs record of anyone candidate, but didn't claim to creating one job. Government does not create jobs.

Source: 2011 Republican primary debate on Twitter.com , Jul 21, 2011

No cap-and-trade; no taxing carbon emissions

He says he doesn't believe in cap-and-trade legislation, saying that "I do not believe that taxing carbon emissions is the way to go forward."

He also signed a law deregulating New Mexico's electricity market that allowed residential, small-business customers and schools to start shopping for their electricity supplier.

Source: Club for Growth 2012 Presidential White Paper #9: Johnson , Jul 21, 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.

Source: Tim Dickinson in Rolling Stone Magazine , Jun 15, 2011

Voluntary partnerships reduce greenhouse gases economically.

Johnson adopted the National Governors Association policy:

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

Kyoto Treaty must include reductions by all countries.

Johnson adopted the National Governors Association policy:

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

Federal tax incentives for energy, with state decisions.

Johnson co-sponsored the Western Governors' Association resolution:

  1. Western Governors find that states must continue to play a pivotal role in electric power decisions. Specifically:
    • The existing authority of states over retail electric power sales and transmissions must be retained.
    • Congress should allow states to create regional mechanisms to decide regional power issues.
  1. We need to pursue a national energy policy that will result in a diverse energy portfolio:
    • New energy development: Enable exploration and development of promising domestic oil, gas, coal, geothermal or wind resources.
    • Coal: Implement R&D and tax incentives to promote the development and deployment of new technologies.
    • Renewables: Accelerate the development and deployment of promising renewable energy technologies through the extension and expansion of state and federal production tax credits.
    • Environmental Regulation: Review environmental and natural resource policies to ensure they are as efficient as possible.
    • Permitting Energy Facilities: Streamline state, tribal and federal processes for siting new generation, electric transmission and natural gas pipelines.
    • Energy Infrastructure: Support economic and environmentally sound energy infrastructure investments to transport energy to markets
  1. Energy efficiency and conservation: At a minimum:
    • Encourage rate structures that give utilities and customers an incentive to reduce consumption.
    • Encourage long-term stability of government and utility conservation programs.
    • Review and improve the energy efficiency of building codes and appliance efficiency standards that recognize the unique conditions in the West (e.g., dry climates).
    • Support federal, state and tribal tax incentives to accelerate the introduction of new energy efficient technologies.
Source: WGA Policy Resolution 01 - 01: Energy Policy Roadmap 01-WGA01 on Aug 14, 2001

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