State of Kansas Archives: on Energy & Oil


Patrick Wiesner: Remove tax credits for wind energy & agri-biodiesel fuels

[The IRS and Congress need] to remove government subsidies out of the tax code. Washington incumbents and lobbyists prefer tax subsidies because these costs don't show up as expenditures in appropriations bills. Stopping this accounting gimmick will end the politicians' avoidance of accountability for these special interest favors. Q Further subsidies, such as tax credits for wind energy, railroad track maintenance, and agri-biodiesel fuels credit, as now written, are beyond the necessary expertise of both Congress and the Treasury to determine compliance. The better policy is when a business or industry wants a federal subsidy, the House and Senate must publically approve by vote of an appropriation.
Source: 2016 Kansas Senate website, WiesnerForSenate Apr 1, 2016

Patrick Wiesner: End tax credits for wind energy & biofuel--they're gimmicks

[We should] remove government subsidies out of the tax code. Washington incumbents and lobbyists prefer tax subsidies because these costs don't show up as expenditures in appropriations bills. Stopping this accounting gimmick will end the politicians' avoidance of accountability for these special interest favors. Further subsidies, such as tax credits for wind energy, railroad track maintenance, and agri-biodiesel fuels credit, as now written, are beyond the necessary expertise of both Congress and the Treasury to determine compliance. The better policy is when a business or industry wants a federal subsidy, the House and Senate must publically approve by vote of an appropriation.
Source: 2016 Kansas Senate campaign website, WiesnerForSenate.com Mar 1, 2016

Randall Batson: Strongly opposes prioritizing green energy

Q: Do you support or oppose prioritizing green energy?

A: Strongly Oppose.

Source: E-mail interview on Kansas 2014 Senate race with OnTheIssues Sep 19, 2014

Patrick Wiesner: Support the Keystone Pipeline, with environmental safeguards

The federal government is the only body big enough to provide a modern transportation infrastructure, set energy policy, and oversee environmental protection. We can immediately start work on roads, bridges, and airports with new revenue generated from fuel taxes and user fees. I support the Keystone pipeline and want it built in a way that doesn't repeat our past environmental mistakes. Energy security, jobs, and environmental stewardship are the benefits.
Source: Emporia Gazette on 2016 Kansas Senate race Aug 2, 2014

Mark Swaney: Tax carbon to encourage people to use alternatives

Swaney said one of the most important issues on his platform is climate change. He would implement a tax on carbon to encourage people not to use it. Swaney wants the country to focus on alternatives that would not pollute the atmosphere.
Source: KAIT-8 on 2014 Arkansas Senate race Jul 26, 2014

Milton Wolf: No subsidies for wind and solar

Question topic: Governments should pay to develop wind and solar energy solutions when these are not economically feasible.

Wolf: Strongly Disagree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Kansas Senate race Jul 2, 2014

Chad Taylor: "Wind cowboys" maintain fields of windmills in west Kansas

Energy is the 800-pound gorilla in the room. Without an intelligent domestic energy infrastructure, our country is set up for failure. As Kansans, we need to invest in a patchwork solution and abandon the notion that one energy source will meet our demands indefinitely. It is critical to consider every option before us in determining how to responsibly generate power and prosperity, and incorporate the potential of our economy.

We have highly-skilled engineers and tradesmen in Wichita who can build new turbines, and new economies. The "wind cowboys" (and cowgirls) being trained at our state's technical schools can service and maintain the fields of windmills in western Kansas. The farmers of our state will reap the rewards of land leases that pay for these natural power plants in the short term.

And we are not even close to fulfilling our potential. Kansas has the second-highest wind potential of any state in the country.

Source: 2014 Kansas Senate campaign website, TaylorForUSSenate.com Jun 17, 2014

Sam Brownback: New wind energy projects; make KS the Renewable State

We will build the expansion of the Holcomb power plant. Affordable energy and electricity exports will help underpin Kansas' 21st Century economy.

We will expand and start new wind energy projects in the state. If we do this right, we will see the development of a renewable energy corridor between Wichita and Salina that will provide jobs for rural Kansas and clean energy for the world. I want Kansas to be known as the not only as the Wheat state--but as the Renewable State.

Source: 2011 Kansas State of the State Address Jan 12, 2011

Curtis Coleman: Use every American energy source to end external dependency

To rescue the U.S. from its terminal dependency on external energy sources, we must use every American energy source to provide American consumers with American energy harvested and generated by American companies employing American workers. While America's energy policy must include the development of renewable energy resources, we must also focus on immediately available technologies to harvest and generate available and affordable energy resources. I support environmentally responsible oil and natural gas drilling off our coasts, in ANWR, and in the shale fields of the Western United States. I also support the development of nuclear power plants and coal-to-liquid fuels, the expansion of our nation's oil refining capacity, and the pursuit of alternative energy sources such as wind, solar, and ethanol produced from cellulosic sources, not food crops.
Source: Arkansas 2010 Senate campaign website, CurtisColeman.com Nov 1, 2010

Curtis Coleman: Cap-and-trade is a massive tax on energy consumption

The proposed "cap-and-trade" legislation would constitute a massive tax on energy consumption which would raise electricity rates 90 percent after adjusting for inflation, raise inflation-adjusted gasoline prices by 58 percent, raise residential natural gas prices by 55 percent, raise an average family's annual energy bill by $1,241. But the $1,241 annual energy bill is just the direct increase in energy prices that consumers will face. As energy prices increase, the cost of making products becomes more expensive. Businesses will have to pass the higher costs of operating onto consumers, which will be reflected in the higher prices we will pay for products. And American businesses will move out of America to locations where they will be able to compete in a global economy without this financial albatross, taking thousands of American jobs with them.
Source: Arkansas 2010 Senate campaign website, CurtisColeman.com Nov 1, 2010

Randall Batson: Don't fund alternative energy; don't fund oil & gas either

Q: Do you support state funding for the development of alternative energy?

A: No.

Q: Do you support state funding for the 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: No.

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

A: No.

Source: Kansas State Legislative 2010 PVS Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2010

Lisa Johnston: Encourage emerging green technology

I see environmental policy as a safety issue. We must be sure that we have policies in place that keep our environment and planet from becoming damaged or dangerous. We must think not only about ourselves but also about maintaining the environment for future generations.

Not only must we be sure appropriate regulations are in place to prevent environmental damage but we should also provide incentives for companies that are focused on operating in an environmentally safe fashion. We should also consider offering tax incentives for green companies that are both creating new jobs and helping our country by developing new sources of cleaner and cost-effective energy.

Source: 2010 Senate campaign website, lisaforkansas.com, "Issues" Aug 12, 2010

Mark Parkinson: Bring wind farms and green jobs to Kansas

I want to propose that we continue to move forward with energy policy in Kansas. 2008 was about building wind farms in Kansas, 2009 was about bringing wind manufacturing jobs and transmission to Kansas. Let's make 2010 about making Kansas a national leader.

[I have appointed] a Cabinet team who will make sure that we take advantage of every opportunity to continue to bring transmission, wind farms and green jobs to Kansas. It is our destiny to provide clean energy to the rest of the country.

Source: Kansas 2010 State of the State Address Jan 11, 2010

Bruce Westerman: Expansion of energy sources should be market driven

Q: Do you support state funding for the development of alternative energy?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support state funding for the development of traditional domestic energy sources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)?

A: Yes.

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

A: Yes.

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

A: No.

Westerman adds, "I believe that new forms of energy production, expansion of existing energy sources, or upgrading of existing infrastructure should be market driven. I believe that state funding from the standpoint of reduced corporate taxes, tax incentives, and some low interest bond programs are good for energy development projects as well as for manufacturing industry projects and would provide more tax revenues in the long run because of increased jobs and wages. State funding for research and development of new energy sources is also a good investment."

Source: Arkansas Congressional 2008 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2008

Jim Holt: Drilling for oil in Alaska won’t cause environmental damage

Holt said he supports drilling for oil in Alaska and believes it can be done without causing environmental damage.
Source: AR Senate Debate in Arkansas News Bureau Oct 29, 2004

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