State of California Archives: on Energy & Oil


Kamala Harris: 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

Pete Aguilar: Encourage green building and climate-friendly purchasing

As Mayor of Redlands, I've fought to reduce the effects of climate change. I led efforts to encourage greater energy efficiency and conservation, including green building and climate-friendly purchasing, and strongly support a new passenger rail line to help reduce heavy traffic and pollution. I am firmly committed to promoting investments in clean energy technology and taking assertive actions to reduce carbon emissions and combat global climate change.
Source: 2014 California House campaign website, PeteAguilar.com Nov 7, 2014

Mimi Walters: Support new domestic oil and natural gas, including Keystone

America has enough energy here within our borders, but misguided government policies and environmental extremism prevent us from using those resources. The Obama administration has done everything in its power to prevent new domestic oil and natural gas from coming to market. $4 a gallon gas is a direct result of failed government policies that have left us dependent on buying overseas oil, much of it from regimes hostile to our values. I support construction of the Keystone pipeline
Source: 2014 California House campaign website, MimiWalters.com Oct 10, 2014

Ted Lieu: Reduce greenhouse gas emissions; end fracking

Ted Lieu's environmental priorities:
Source: 2014 California House campaign website, TedLieu.com Oct 10, 2014

Steve Knight: No opinion on federally subsidizing wind & solar

Q: Governments should pay to develop wind and solar energy solutions when these are not economically feasible?

Knight: Neutral

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 California House race Sep 30, 2014

Rob Astorino: Open the Monterey Shale to fracking for shale oil

Kashkari again called for opening the Monterey Shale to fracking for shale oil, saying it'll be a key part of the job boom California desperately needs. The nation's highest rents aren't in San Francisco or New York, he noted, but actually in a small North Dakota town at the epicenter of that state's fracking boom. A true climate-change response must be national or international in order to have any effect, he said.
Source: Inside Bay Area Buzz on 2014 California governor race Feb 21, 2014

Neel Kashkari: Climate change compelling, but do fracking & Monterey shale

Source: San Francisco Chronicle on 2014 California governor race Nov 14, 2013

Jerry Brown: Slow down fracking until scientific study is completed

Excerpts from Legislative Counsel's Digest:Status:Passed House, 54-20-4; passed Senate 29-8-2; signed by Gov.Brown, 9/20/2013

OnTheIssues Explanation: "Fracking" extracts more oil and gas from otherwise non-productive wells. The controversy includes that fracking causes earthquakes (hence the "scientific study"), as well as issues about disposal of the large volumes of potentially toxic liquids used. This bill slows the implementation of fracking.

Source: California legislative voting records: SB 4 Sep 20, 2013

Mark DeSaulnier: Slow down fracking until scientific study is completed

Excerpts from Legislative Counsel's Digest:Status:Passed House, 54-20-4; passed Senate 29-8-2; signed by Gov.Brown, 9/20/2013

OnTheIssues Explanation: "Fracking" extracts more oil and gas from otherwise non-productive wells. The controversy includes that fracking causes earthquakes (hence the "scientific study"), as well as issues about disposal of the large volumes of potentially toxic liquids used. This bill slows the implementation of fracking. (Mark DeSaulnier voted YEA).

Source: California legislative voting records: SB 4 Sep 11, 2013

Mimi Walters: Voted NO on scientific study on fracking

Excerpts from Legislative Counsel's Digest:Status:Passed House, 54-20-4; passed Senate 29-8-2; signed by Gov.Brown, 9/20/2013

OnTheIssues Explanation: "Fracking" extracts more oil and gas from otherwise non-productive wells. The controversy includes that fracking causes earthquakes (hence the "scientific study"), as well as issues about disposal of the large volumes of potentially toxic liquids used. This bill slows the implementation of fracking. (Mimi Walters voted NAY).

Source: California legislative voting records: SB 4 Sep 11, 2013

Norma Torres: Slow down fracking until scientific study is completed

Excerpts from Legislative Counsel's Digest:Status:Passed House, 54-20-4; passed Senate 29-8-2; signed by Gov.Brown, 9/20/2013

OnTheIssues Explanation: "Fracking" extracts more oil and gas from otherwise non-productive wells. The controversy includes that fracking causes earthquakes (hence the "scientific study"), as well as issues about disposal of the large volumes of potentially toxic liquids used. This bill slows the implementation of fracking. (Norma Torres voted YEA).

Source: California legislative voting records: SB 4 Sep 11, 2013

Rocky Chavez: Voted NO on scientific study on fracking

Excerpts from Legislative Counsel's Digest:Status:Passed House, 54-20-4; passed Senate 29-8-2; signed by Gov.Brown, 9/20/2013

OnTheIssues Explanation: "Fracking" extracts more oil and gas from otherwise non-productive wells. The controversy includes that fracking causes earthquakes (hence the "scientific study"), as well as issues about disposal of the large volumes of potentially toxic liquids used. This bill slows the implementation of fracking. (Rocky Chavez voted NAY).

Source: California legislative voting records: SB 4 Sep 11, 2013

Steve Knight: Voted NO on scientific study on fracking

Excerpts from Legislative Counsel's Digest:Status:Passed House, 54-20-4; passed Senate 29-8-2; signed by Gov.Brown, 9/20/2013

OnTheIssues Explanation: "Fracking" extracts more oil and gas from otherwise non-productive wells. The controversy includes that fracking causes earthquakes (hence the "scientific study"), as well as issues about disposal of the large volumes of potentially toxic liquids used. This bill slows the implementation of fracking. (Steve Knight voted NAY).

Source: California legislative voting records: SB 4 Sep 11, 2013

Ted Lieu: Slow down fracking until scientific study is completed

Excerpts from Legislative Counsel's Digest:Status:Passed House, 54-20-4; passed Senate 29-8-2; signed by Gov.Brown, 9/20/2013

OnTheIssues Explanation: "Fracking" extracts more oil and gas from otherwise non-productive wells. The controversy includes that fracking causes earthquakes (hence the "scientific study"), as well as issues about disposal of the large volumes of potentially toxic liquids used. This bill slows the implementation of fracking. (Ted Lieu voted YEA).

Source: California legislative voting records: SB 4 Sep 11, 2013

Jerry Brown: CO2 emissions could warm planet by 7 degrees

When we think about California's future, no long term liability presents as great a danger to our wellbeing as the buildup of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. According to the latest report from the World Bank, carbon dioxide emissions are the highest in 15 million years. At today's emissions rate, the planet could warm by more than 7 degrees Fahrenheit by the end of the century, an event unknown in human experience. California is extremely vulnerable because of our Mediterranean climate, long coastline and reliance on snowpack for so much of our water supply.

Tipping points can be reached before we even know we have passed them. This is a different kind of challenge than we ever faced. It requires acting now even though the worst consequences are perhaps decades in the future.

Again California is leading the way. We are reducing emissions as required by AB 32 and we will meet our goal of getting carbon emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.

Source: 2013 State of the State address to California Legislature Jan 24, 2013

Alan Lowenthal: Restrict offshore drilling; regulate greenhouse gases

Q: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production?

A: No.

Q: Do you believe that human activity is contributing to climate change?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?

A: Yes.

Source: California Congressional 2012 Political Courage Test Oct 30, 2012

Gloria La Riva: International and domestic rules to reduce climate change

Q: Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?

Yes.

Q: Do you support international emissions targets aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?

Yes.

Q: Do you support allowing energy producers to trade carbon credits under a "cap and trade" system?

No.

Q: Do you support domestic oil exploration in federally-protected areas?

No.

Source: California Congressional 2010 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2010

Julia Brownley: Switch from traditional energy to alternatives

Q: Should the state fund development of alternative energy?

A: Yes.

Q: Should the state fund development of traditional domestic energy sources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)?

A: No.

Q: Do you support providing financial incentives to farms that produce biofuel crops?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support state funding for improvements to California's energy infrastructure?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?

A: Yes.

Source: California Congressional 2010 Political Courage Test Oct 30, 2010

Carly Fiorina: Use every source, including nuclear and clean coal

In order to capture the innovation of entrepreneurs across the state who develop clean, green technology, we have to make sure our policies encourage them to locate in California and employ Californians.

We also need to use every source of energy we have, including nuclear power and natural gas to reduce our dependence on oil from other countries. At the same time, we need to build on advancements in technology that make clean coal more affordable and more realistic.

Source: 2010 Senate campaign website, carlyforcalifornia.com Dec 25, 2009

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