State of Florida Archives: on Energy & Oil


Ted Yoho: Department of Energy needs to be eliminated

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

A: Yes. I believe that America should already be energy independent and setting the example on how to address energy issues. Unfortunately this is not the case. We should be utilizing those responsibly while letting the free market develop new energy technologies. The Department of Energy needs to be eliminated and all uranium enrichment and nuclear technology needs to be transferred to the Dept. of Defense.

Source: Florida Congressional Election 2012 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2012

Jeff Greene: Ban offshore oil drilling

There is little daylight between the two Democrats on major issues. They agreed on repealing President George W. Bush's tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, banning offshore oil drilling and maintaining the current retirement age for Social Security. Both were equally vague about how they would make Social Security solvent. The main point of contention between Meek and Greene boils down to which one is dirtier.
Source: 2010 Florida Democratic Primary Debate, in Miami Herald Aug 10, 2010

Charlie Crist: Open to cap-and-trade plan for carbon emissions

Crist's reputation as a moderate flows in part from his willingness to break from his party on offshore drilling (which he opposed, until 2008) and his openness to notions like a "cap and trade" plan for the carbon emissions that contribute to global warming.
Source: New York Times on 2010 Florida Senate debate Jan 10, 2010

Charlie Crist: $200M package for solar, wind, & biofuel from citrus

What Florida has done for biotech, it can also do for clean tech. Thatís why Iím recommending a $200 million economic development package for solar, wind and other renewable energy, and to promote biofuels in Florida and encourage alternative fuels such as ethanol. We have the opportunity to enhance the use of this cleaner fuel, while also providing a broader market for sugar cane and citrus waste. [We have] explored non-food sources of ethanol production in Farm to Fuel efforts.
Source: 2008 State of the State Address to Florida legislature Mar 4, 2008

John McCain: In favor of cap-and-trade

I am in favor of cap-and-trade. Lieberman and I have proposed, and we did the same thing with acid rain. Theyíre doing it in Europe now, although not very well. You can reduce your greenhouse gas emissions; you earn a credit. Somebody else is going to increase theirs; you can sell it to them. Meanwhile we have a gradual reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. We need a global agreement, but it has to include India and China. We need to go back to nuclear power. We cannot be dependent on $400 billion a year paying for foreign oil. Thereís a nexus here. But climate change is real. It can affect states like Florida dramatically because it has to do with violent weather changes. But I am confident American technology and the embrace of green technologies can reduce these greenhouse gas emissions. Suppose that we are wrong & thereís no such thing as climate change and we hand our kids a cleaner world. But suppose we are right & do nothing. Thatís a challenge for America. We can meet it.
Source: 2008 GOP debate in Boca Raton Florida Jan 24, 2008

Rudy Giuliani: Support the technologies that improve alternative energy use

The very best way to reduce carbon emission is to support the technologies that are alternatives that can save the environment, and to get us to the point where those technologies can actually take over. We havenít licensed a nuclear power plant in 30 years. We need to expand the use of hybrid vehicles. We need to expand the use of clean coal. Carbon sequestration is expensive, but itís a process that works. We have more coal reserves in the US than they have oil reserves in Saudi Arabia. I prefer incentives for these new industries. Same thing is true with biofuels. We should expand biofuels, the way Brazil has done. We should expand wind, solar, hydroelectric. We should expand natural gas, liquid natural gas. We should have a project like puttin the man on a moon, the way we did back in the Ď50s and Ď60s. It should be a major national project, to be energy independent. Thatís a matter of national security. Itís also the best way, the very best way, to protect against global warming.
Source: 2008 GOP debate in Boca Raton Florida Jan 24, 2008

Tim Mahoney: Invest in alternative energy technologies

Source: 2006 House campaign website, timmahoneyforflorida.com Nov 7, 2006

Marco Rubio: Tax incentives for energy-efficient appliances

Source: 100 Innovative Ideas for Florida's Future by Marco Rubio Nov 1, 2006

Betty Castor: We wonít solve this problem with more drilling

Q: How would you propose reducing the countryís dependence on foreign oil?

CASTOR: We wonít solve this problem with more drilling. I oppose drilling off Floridaís coasts, as well as in areas like the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. I support economic incentives for the production of fuel-efficient, environmentally friendly cars, trucks and SUVs. I support extending those incentives for hybrid cars, and oppose tax laws that allow companies to write off purchasing heavy trucks unnecessarily. We need to make a real investment in alternative energy sources, especially here in Florida, solar power.

MARTINEZ: I support Bushís energy reform bill to increase our efficiency and production. Reducing our dependence on foreign oil is a multifaceted problem. We should provide the proper incentives to increase oil refining capacity and make energy production more efficient and safe. Further, we need to allow exploration in areas that support drilling. Finally, I strongly oppose drilling off the coast of Florida.

Source: Florida Senate Debate, Q&A by Associated Press Oct 24, 2004

Mel Martinez: Allow exploration in areas that support drilling

Q: How would you propose reducing the countryís dependence on foreign oil?

CASTOR: We wonít solve this problem with more drilling. I oppose drilling off Floridaís coasts, as well as in areas like the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. I support economic incentives for the production of fuel-efficient, environmentally friendly cars, trucks and SUVs. I support extending those incentives for hybrid cars, and oppose tax laws that allow companies to write off purchasing heavy trucks unnecessarily. We need to make a real investment in alternative energy sources, especially here in Florida, solar power.

MARTINEZ: I support Bushís energy reform bill to increase our efficiency and production. Reducing our dependence on foreign oil is a multifaceted problem. We should provide the proper incentives to increase oil refining capacity and make energy production more efficient and safe. Further, we need to allow exploration in areas that support drilling. Finally, I strongly oppose drilling off the coast of Florida.

Source: Florida Senate Debate, Q&A by Associated Press Oct 24, 2004

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