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Kamala Harris on Energy & Oil

Democratic candidate for President (withdrawn); California Senator

 


Shouldn't sell/lease public land for drilling

Q: How do you plan to support already at-risk and marginalized people who are experiencing the impact of climate change now?

HARRIS: Ultimately, it's about empowering communities that are often ignored. All of those communities have been disproportionately impacted by the change that we are seeing in our climate, not to mention the kind of behaviors by the fossil fuel industry that have been about pollution, about dumping and all that. It should be our responsibility to make sure that we leverage the incredible power we have in a way that is about empowering the communities that have been long overlooked and ignored.

Q: What about public lands?

HARRIS: We should not be selling or leasing public land for the purposes of drilling. One of my greatest priorities on this subject will be about preservation of public lands.

Source: Climate Crisis Town Hall (CNN 2019 Democratic primary) , Sep 4, 2019

Rejoin Paris Accord on Day One; carbon neutral by 2030

Gov. Jay Inslee: : Climate change is not a singular issue, it is all the issues that we Democrats care about. It is health. It is national security. It is our economy. The science tells us we have to get off coal in 10 years. We have to have off of fossil fuels in our electrical grid in 15. And we need a president to do it or it won't get done.

Harris: I have to agree with Governor Inslee. We currently have a president in the White House who obviously does not understand the science. The guy thinks that wind turbines cause cancer, but what in fact what they cause is jobs. I would take any Democrat on this stage over the current president of the United States. We must have and adopt a Green New Deal. On day one I would re-enter us in the Paris agreement. And put in place so we would be carbon neutral by 2030.

Source: July Democratic Primary debate (second night in Detroit) , Jul 31, 2019

Climate crisis represents existential threat to our species

I don't call it climate change. It's a climate crisis. It represents an existential threat to us as a species. And the fact that we have a president who has embraced science fiction over science fact will be to our collective peril. We must confront what is immediate and before us right now. That is why I support a Green New Deal. It is why I will re-enter us in the Paris Agreement, because we have to take these issues seriously.
Source: June Democratic Primary debate (second night in Miami) , Jun 27, 2019

Green New Deal sets agenda for dealing with climate change

The climate crisis is representing an existential threat to who we are as human beings. I support the Green New Deal because it puts timelines in effect. I think, for example, that we need to have -- really diversify public policy on water, with an equal emphasis on recycling, on conservation, on capture of water, storage of water, desalination. We need to invest in electric cars. We need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. All of that is in the Green New Deal.
Source: CNN Town Hall 2020: 5 candidates back-to-back , Apr 22, 2019

Restore Clean Power Plan and Clean Car Standards

Q: As president, would you keep the U.S. in the Paris Agreement and commit to more ambitious targets in 2020?

A: Yes, she wants to return the U.S. to the Paris deal.

Q: Would you restore Obama-era climate change regulations that the Trump administration has reversed, like the Clean Power Plan?

A: Harris's campaign said she wanted to "restore the Clean Power Plan and fully implement the Clean Car Standards."

Q: Do you support a national renewable energy standard?

A: She is for a national goal for renewable energy.

Q: Do you support increasing federal funding for clean-energy research?

A: Harris's campaign said that as president, she would "invest in clean energy research and infrastructure."

Source: 2019 "Meet the Candidates" (NY Times.com) , Apr 18, 2019

Climate change important, but not only issue

"On the issue of climate change: Every parent wants to know that their child can drink clean water and breathe clean air. And that same parent wants to know that they're able to bring home enough money with one job to pay their bills and pay their rent and put food on the table, instead of having to work two or three jobs," she said. "Every person wants to know that there will be a criminal-justice system that is fair to all people, regardless of their race.."
Source: The Atlantic, "Pick a Lane," on 2020 Democratic primary , Jan 22, 2019

Don't withdraw from the Paris climate accord

Source: PBS News hour on 2020 Presidential hopefuls , Jan 21, 2019

Climate change is a national security threat to America

When you speak to experts on international conflicts, you will find that they look at climate change as a national security threat--a "threat multiplier" that will exacerbate poverty and political instability, creating conditions that enable violence, despair, even terrorism. An unstable, erratic climate will beget an unstable, erratic world.

For example, climate change will lead to droughts. Droughts will lead to famine. Famine will drive desperate people to leave their homes in search of sustenance. Massive flows of displaced people will lead to refugee crises. Refugee crisis will lead to tension and instability across borders.

The hard truth is that climate change is going to cause terrible instability and desperation, and that will put American national security at risk. That's why as part of President Obama's national security strategy, climate change was identified as a national security threat of the highest priority.

Source: The Truths We Hold, by Kamala Harris, p.244-5 , Jan 8, 2019

Innovate smart solutions to climate change

Harris released the following statement on SB 350, the Clean Energy and Pollution Reduction Act, and SB 32, Climate Pollution Reduction Beyond 2020:

"Millions of Californians enjoy cleaner air and water because of our state's efforts to improve our environment. SB 350 and SB 32 build on this legacy by setting aggressive but achievable clean energy goals. These bills will ensure California continues to innovate smart solutions to climate change while growing our economy and improving public health."

Source: Imperial Valley News on 2016 California Senate race , Aug 27, 2015

Green New Deal: 10-year national mobilization.

Harris signed the Resolution on Green New Deal

This resolution calls for the creation of a Green New Deal with the goals of:

The resolution calls for accomplishment of these goals through a 10-year national mobilization effort. The resolution also enumerates the goals and projects of the mobilization effort, including:
  • building smart power grids (i.e., power grids that enable customers to reduce their power use during peak demand periods);
  • upgrading all existing buildings and constructing new buildings to achieve maximum energy and water efficiency;
  • removing pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation and agricultural sectors;
  • cleaning up existing hazardous waste and abandoned sites;
  • ensuring businesspersons are free from unfair competition; and
  • providing higher education, high-quality health care, and affordable, safe, and adequate housing to all.

    Opposing argument from the Cato Institute, 2/24/2019: While reasonable people can disagree on some aspects of the Green New Deal's proposals, one fact is uncontroversial: the US cannot afford them. The Green New Deal would likely cost upwards of $6.6 trillion per year. The federal government should look for cheaper ways to address problems like climate change. Instead of the Green New Deal, the federal government could adopt a revenue??neutral carbon tax to decrease emissions without exacerbating the fiscal imbalance. Economists from across the political spectrum support carbon taxation as the most cost??effective way to address climate change. And a carbon tax would be most effective if uniformly adopted by other countries, too.

    Source: H.Res.109/S.Res.59 19-HR0109 on Feb 7, 2019

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