State of Indiana Archives: on Energy & Oil


Joe Donnelly: I opposed cap-and-trade even though Dem leadership pushed it

Mourdock said Donnelly has too often bowed to pressure to line up with his own party. "Washington is that place where principles get crushed. They get compromised by partisanship," he said.

Donnelly answered that he had opposed the carbon cap-and-trade measure and supported a constitutional balanced budget amendment--two moves that were out of step with most congressional Democrats.

Source: Evansville Courier & Press on 2012 Indiana Senate debate Oct 15, 2012

Richard Lugar: Make all cars "flex-fuel" vehicles

Lugar found himself accused of driving up gas prices. Mourdock leveled the provocative charge that Lugar's ethanol policies are driving up prices at the pump, now at $3.85 a gallon in the state.

Lugar has long been at the forefront of pro-ethanol policies, including a proposal to make sure that all cars are "flex-fuel" vehicles capable of running on ethanol. But Mourdock charged that federal policies promoting ethanol are contributing to rising gas prices. "Most of us, especially as Republicans, object to mandates from the federal government," Mourdock said. "And yet suddenly we saw more ethanol being mandated into our gasoline."

The federal government gave gas refiners a subsidy to add ethanol to their product, but that policy was phased out at the start of 2012. Instead, the federal government now mandates only that the industry add some sort of alternative fuel, which often means ethanol derived from corn.

Source: Huffington Post on 2012 Indiana Senate debate Apr 12, 2012

Richard Mourdock: Oppose ethanol subsidy as a matter of conservative principle

Mourdock leveled the provocative charge that Lugar's ethanol policies are driving up prices at the pump, now at $3.85 a gallon in the state. "Most of us, especially as Republicans, object to mandates from the federal government," Mourdock said. "And yet suddenly we saw more ethanol being mandated into our gasoline."

Just a few years ago, Mourdock's stance would have been heresy for a candidate in a farm state. Even though the state actually farms more acres of soybeans these days, corn has long been integral to Indiana's self-image. Gov. Mitch Daniels and the candidates for governor are generally supportive of ethanol. Lugar, himself a farmer, has long taken the stance that what's good for corn is good for the state. But that argument has less and less support from Republicans these days. The industry, meanwhile, believes it is finally becoming competitive on its own terms. Mourdock, who has been endorsed by the Tea Party Express, outlines his stance as a matter of conservative principle.

Source: Huffington Post on 2012 Indiana Senate debate Apr 12, 2012

Richard Mourdock: FactCheck: No, ethanol additive lowers gasoline price

Mourdock claimed that Lugar's pro-ethanol policies are driving up gas prices at the pump. Is that claim true?

Mourdock may be influenced by his work as a coal geologist in the oil and coal industries. The Lugar campaign has attacked him for holding up to $350,000 in stock in another alternative energy source, coal gas.

A 2011 PolitiFact report on whether ethanol reduces the price of gas, found that it depends on how high the price of oil is. With high gas prices today, ethanol producers have a better argument than usual that their product actually keeps the price of gas down. But at the same time, ethanol may also drive up the prices of many food products by creating more demand for corn, and have untold environmental costs.

The director of the Indiana Ethanol Producers Association quickly jumped on Mourdock's claims about ethanol. "I've never seen ethanol really go much above $3 a gallon, and right now, it's trading at $2.25. It's a low cost additive to gasoline," he said.

Source: PolitiFact.com 2012 Senate FactCheck: Indiana debate Apr 12, 2012

Richard Mourdock: Ethanol mandates lead to high gas prices

Mourdock was strong and focused when it came to economic issues. He criticized the Obama administration on several occasions. Federal regulations, including one mandating the use of corn-based ethanol, he said, have led to high gas prices, he said. He also advocated for more domestic oil drilling. Lugar countered that the ethanol requirement helps state corn farmers, and said that gas prices are decreasing thanks to a relative calming of Middle East tensions.
Source: RealClearPoitics.com coverage of 2012 Indiana Senate debates Apr 12, 2012

Richard Lugar: Subsidizing ethanol makes overall gasoline prices go down

When Mourdock blamed high gas prices on government regulation and an ethanol mandate that Lugar supported, the Senator fired back. "Ethanol makes the overall prices go down and furthermore, it's a Hoosier product with Hoosier's producing it on farms that meant higher values for corn and higher land values for this state," said Lugar.
Source: 14 News WFIE Evansville on 2012 Indiana Senate debate Apr 11, 2012

Richard Mourdock: High gas prices come from federal mandates like ethanol

When Mourdock blamed high gas prices on government regulation and an ethanol mandate that Lugar supported, the Senator fired back. "Ethanol makes the overall prices go down and furthermore, it's a Hoosier product with Hoosier's producing it on farms that meant higher values for corn and higher land values for this state," said Lugar.
Source: 14 News WFIE Evansville on 2012 Indiana Senate debate Apr 11, 2012

Brad Ellsworth: Cap-and-trade would put Hoosiers out of work

Coats and Ellsworth had a particularly testy exchange during a question about energy policy, even though both agreed there should be more investment in clean energy.

Ellsworth alleged Coats pushed for the cap-and-trade legislation aimed at curbing greenhouse gas emissions during his former role as a lobbyist. "Even though Mr. Coats comes back to Indiana and tells Hoosiers he's against the legislation and it would be devastating and a job killer, what if it would have passed, Mr. Coats?" Ellsworth said. "We would have put Americans and Hoosiers out of work based on your lobbying efforts."

Coats responded that Ellsworth was wrong but didn't elaborate.

Source: Boston Globe coverage of 2010 Indiana Senate debate Oct 22, 2010

Brad Ellsworth: Supports nuclear, solar, & clean coal, but not cap-&-trade

The candidates were asked about clean energy and whether they could support incentives for biofuels and wind energy. Coats said the country needs to expand its use of natural gas and nuclear energy to become more independent and lower costs. "If we want clean energy and low cost energy, we need to develop nuclear power," something he said can be done safely.

But Coats said governments must be careful not to choose the winning and losing technologies by subsidizing selected options. "Government and subsidies and politics destroys the whole process," he said.

Ellsworth said the nation needs to invest in a whole range of energy options--including nuclear power, wind and solar, and clean-coal technology. But Ellsworth said opposes President Barack Obama's cap-and-trade energy bill, which he fears will lead to higher rates for Hoosier households and businesses.

Source: Louisville Courier-Transcript on 2010 Indiana Senate debate Oct 22, 2010

Daniel Coats: Accused of benefiting as lobbyist from pushing cap-and-trade

Coats and Ellsworth had a particularly testy exchange during a question about energy policy, even though both agreed there should be more investment in clean energy.

Ellsworth alleged Coats pushed for the cap-and-trade legislation aimed at curbing greenhouse gas emissions during his former role as a lobbyist. "Even though Mr. Coats comes back to Indiana and tells Hoosiers he's against the legislation and it would be devastating and a job killer, what if it would have passed, Mr. Coats?" Ellsworth said. "We would have put Americans and Hoosiers out of work based on your lobbying efforts."

Coats responded that Ellsworth was wrong but didn't elaborate.

Source: Boston Globe coverage of 2010 Indiana Senate debate Oct 22, 2010

Daniel Coats: Don't pick winners & losers in biofuel; pick nuclear instead

The candidates were asked about clean energy and whether they could support incentives for biofuels and wind energy. Coats said the country needs to expand its use of natural gas and nuclear energy to become more independent and lower costs. "If we want clean energy and low cost energy, we need to develop nuclear power," something he said can be done safely.

But Coats said governments must be careful not to choose the winning and losing technologies by subsidizing selected options. "Government and subsidies and politics destroys the whole process," he said.

Ellsworth said the nation needs to invest in a whole range of energy options--including nuclear power, wind and solar, and clean-coal technology. But Ellsworth said opposes President Barack Obama's cap-and-trade energy bill, which he fears will lead to higher rates for Hoosier households and businesses.

Source: Louisville Courier-Transcript on 2010 Indiana Senate debate Oct 22, 2010

Mitch Daniels: Make IN a leader in electric vehicles & solar power industry

In 2009, several young companies who may lead the electric vehicle industry chose Indiana for their plants. Many of their suppliers are following them. Our goal is to be the capital of this potentially massive industry of tomorrow.

Over the last two years, Indiana has been the fastest growing state in wind power, and now businesses seeking to build the equipment for this new industry are coming. Within weeks, you'll see us explode onto the solar power landscape.

Source: Indiana 2010 State of the State Address Jan 19, 2010

Mitch Daniels: Support clean coal as well as alternative energy

Source: Indiana Gubernatorial Election 2008 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2008

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