State of Illinois Archives: on Energy & Oil


Richard Durbin: Energy tax to fund infrastructure investment

Q: Are other taxes that you believe that you can raise?

DURBIN: We need to open our minds to our tax revenue. We've had conversations about an infrastructure fund that will really start America building again, for the highways and airports and locks and dams.

Q: How do you fund that? It's already funded by gas taxes, right? You want to raise the federal gas tax?

DURBIN: I believe we should have energy taxes that really fund infrastructure investment.

Q: On who?

DURBIN: It's going to create jobs in America. On the gas tax: now is not the moment to raise it, but it really is something we should consider in the future. But there are other sources of energy taxes we ought to consider. I'll give you an example, the electric power grid in America is ancient. If we are going to expand it so that it can meet the needs of the 21st Century, we need an investment. That means revenue coming in from that sector. I think they would be open to it if the investment went back into the infrastructure

Source: CNN SOTU 2013 interview on 2014 Illinois Senate race Jan 6, 2013

Bill Enyart: Support the coal mining industry

The UMWA endorsement shows my support of the coal mining industry in Illinois, Enyart said. after the endorsement was announced at the Coal Miners Memorial Park in West Frankfort.

"Enyart is very supportive of the issues we lobby and fight for, including mine safety and easier qualification for Black Lung benefits," a United Mine Workers of America representative said. "But he is also opposed to national right-to-work legislation. When Gen.

Source: The Southern Illinoisan, "United Mine Workers of America" Oct 18, 2012

Bill Enyart: Support the coal mining industry

The UMWA endorsement shows my support of the coal mining industry in Illinois, Enyart said. after the endorsement was announced at the Coal Miners Memorial Park in West Frankfort.

"Enyart is very supportive of the issues we lobby and fight for, including mine safety and easier qualification for Black Lung benefits," a United Mine Workers of America representative said. "But he is also opposed to national right-to-work legislation. When Gen. Enyart calls for opening more coal mines without insisting that they be union mines, he appears to be putting the interests of the mine owners over those of the workers. For that reason, I am disappointed that the UMWA would endorse him."

Enyart said he would work with the UMWA to "stress the importance of skilled union miners in bringing that coal up. There is a push by companies to develop non-union mines and that is not the way to go."

Source: The Southern Illinoisan, "United Mine Workers of America" Oct 18, 2012

Pat Quinn: $400M for IL as center of Midwestern high-speed rail network

We can be an inland port for the whole central part of our country. But we have to make sure we have good transportation. We have to unsnarl some of the freight bottlenecks in our rail. We have to have good passenger rail. We want to have a passenger train that goes from Chicago to the Quad Cities & beyond. And we also want to have high-speed rail that connects Chicago to St. Louis.

You know, fast trains are the wave of the future. Our president is committed to this. Our state has invested $400 million dollars. We look forward to a high-speed rail network where our state is the center for the whole network for the Midwest. I've worked with other governors across the Midwest, both Democrat & Republican. We understand that rail can create a lot of new jobs, and we're very committed to that.

We want to use an inland port, that whole idea, to create new high-wage jobs in Illinois. We are creating an intermodal [system] that is going to create thousands of jobs for hard-working people.

Source: Illinois 2010 State of the State Address Jan 13, 2010

Pat Quinn: Invest in both clean coal and wind power

We understand that FutureGen, a project that is on the drawing board and is close to fruition, located in Matton, Illinois, where we have clean coal, we do it in the right way. This is an opportunity for our State, and I want to personally thank Senator Durbin for his leadership on this issue. Hopefully we can get that investment in downstate Illinois.

Related to this: the whole area of wind mills and wind turbines. I think this is something that all of us will embrace as we go through this next few years. We've invested money in our capital bill in this. We have investment also in opportunities for credit for those who develop wind power. We make sure they have contracts and so on. But what's important about wind power is it's clean, and it's all from our own back yard and it's all American.

I've been to Iraq; I've been to the combat zone. And I think it's our duty back home to try and be as energy independent as we can.

Source: Illinois 2010 State of the State Address Jan 13, 2010

Alexi Giannoulias: Put price on global warming pollution to spur investment

As America maintains a dangerous dependence on foreign oil, our global competitors are investing heavily in renewable energy and efficiency technologies. While we struggle with modest policy changes to reduce our emissions of climate change pollution, China invests 10 times more than the US in clean power as a percentage of GDP.