Tom Smith on Energy & Oil


Fossil fuels are key to reasonable energy prices

A reasonably priced source of energy is the cornerstone to a strong economy, says Smith, who backs an "all of the above" approach, "and we have the reserves in this country, and this state, too, to be energy self-sufficient. "A big key to that is fossil fuels, but our president, he's declared war on fossil fuels, and we can't do that. We have to have them for jobs, and that's what most voters in Pennsylvania feel, too, that we need these jobs."
Source: Philadelphia Inquirer on 2012 PA Senate debate , Sep 23, 2012

Former coal company executive; ease up on coal mining

Smith, from coal country northeast of Pittsburgh in Armstrong County, called for increased energy production in Pennsylvania, where he said 40 percent of electrical power was generated from coal. A former coal company executive, he decried what he said was excessive regulation of mining by the Environmental Protection Agency. "Things will get worse if the president is reelected," he said. "The EPA will run even more out of control. And Bob Casey--Senator Zero--will do what he always has done: nothing."
Source: Philadelphia Inquirer on 2012 PA Senate debate , Sep 6, 2012

Develop Marcellus Shale and clean coal

There is no quicker path to American jobs than American energy. Tom knows we need an energy policy that brings all options to the table to reduce costs and reduce our dependence on foreign sources. The Marcellus Shale, American oil, and clean coal are tremendous opportunities to bring the cost of energy down and create jobs.
Source: 2012 Senate campaign website, tomsmithforsenate.com "Issues" , Mar 31, 2012

Cap-and-trade has no impact on global temperatures.

Smith signed the Contract From America

The Contract from America, clause 2. Reject Cap & Trade:

Stop costly new regulations that would increase unemployment, raise consumer prices, and weaken the nation's global competitiveness with virtually no impact on global temperatures.

Source: The Contract From America 10-CFA02 on Jul 8, 2010

Explore proven energy reserves & keep energy prices low.

Smith signed the Contract From America

The Contract from America, clause 8. Pass an 'All-of-the-Above' Energy Policy:

Authorize the exploration of proven energy reserves to reduce our dependence on foreign energy sources from unstable countries and reduce regulatory barriers to all other fo

Source: The Contract From America 10-CFA08 on Jul 8, 2010

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