State of Louisiana Archives: on Energy & Oil


Buddy Roemer: Railed against ethanol subsidies in Iowa

Roemer portrays himself as a hard-nosed businessman who has the guts to tackle the deficit by slashing any program he deems ineffective. As if to prove he wouldn't be beholden to anyone, Mr. Roemer railed against ethanol subsidies in Iowa, a state full of corn farms. An analyst in attendance, writing on an Iowa political website, called Roemer "one of the most interesting candidates of the night; it's unfair and unwise to fully dismiss him."
Source: The Wall Street Journal, "Longshot from Louisiana" Mar 16, 2011

Jeff Landry: Drill here, drill now; not cap-and-trade

Cap and Trade, commonly called emissions trading, will have a devastating impact on the economies that depend on oil & gas. The people of South Louisiana who work hard in the oilfields and our nation running will be severely impacted by this policy.

A more realistic approach to global energy independence should allow a greater flexibility to harvest those resources that we have here in US while we move toward other sources of energy at the same time. We need to drill here, drill now.

Source: 2010 House campaign website landryforlouisiana.com, "Issues" Nov 2, 2010

Charles Melancon: Congressional trip to Antarctica to study global warming

The panel pressed Melancon on whether a trip to Antarctica to study global warming was a good use of taxpayer dollars. "We met with scientists," Melancon said. "We were up at 5:30 a.m."
Source: WWLTV Eyewitness coverage of 2010 Louisiana Senate debate Oct 28, 2010

Charles Melancon: Funnel BP oil-leak penalties into coastal restoration

Melancon tacked two amendments onto a recently passed bill to improve oil drilling regulation. His measures called for lifting the drilling moratorium and for funneling money from oil-leak penalties against BP into coastal restoration.

Melancon said he is most proud of his non-legislative actions on the ground after BP's oil leak. During the recent oil leak, Melancon ensured that the federal government created a mobile health clinic and provided services for victims under stress, he said.

Source: Baton Rouge Advocate on of 2010 Louisiana Senate debate Oct 18, 2010

Mary Landrieu: Proud of expanding oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico

Landrieu said one of her proudest wins in Congress was getting approval for the expansion of offshore oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, with a large portion of the royalties going to help Louisiana coastal protection efforts.

Kennedy responded that much of the billions of dollars in royalties wouldn’t start flowing until 2017, after thousands more acres of wetlands had washed away. But Landrieu noted millions of dollars already had come to Louisiana because of the drilling bill.

Source: 2008 Louisiana Senate Debate by Associated Press on NOLA.com Oct 16, 2008

John Neely Kennedy: Incentives for non-petroleum automobiles are a tax increase

Sen. Mary Landrieu is telling voters via a statewide television ad that her Republican challenger John Kennedy opposes more domestic oil drilling. Landrieu’s 30-second drilling spot hinges on Kennedy’s opposition to an energy bill pitched by Landrieu and nine other senators, Democrats and Republicans calling themselves the “Gang of 10.” The approach would combine more offshore production with consumer tax incentives for non-petroleum automobiles. Kennedy called the proposal a tax increase--it would repeal some of the breaks afforded to oil companies--to pay for more studies of alternative energy sources.

Landrieu’s ad goes beyond any nuanced criticism from Kennedy, with an announcer stating, “He opposes her plan to open up 120 million acres for drilling. Under Kennedy, no new oil, higher gas prices, lost Louisiana jobs.”

Source: 2008 Louisiana Senate debate reported in Times-Picayune Aug 25, 2008

John Neely Kennedy: More domestic drilling, including in Gulf of Mexico & ANWR

Kennedy opposes an energy bill pitched by Landrieu and nine other senators, Democrats and Republicans calling themselves the “Gang of 10.” Kennedy has echoed Republican leaders’ call for more domestic drilling, including in the Gulf of Mexico and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Alaska’s ANWR would remain off limits under the “Gang of 10” proposal.

A Landrieu spokesman echoed his boss’s characterization of Kennedy, saying the Republican speaks in generalities and has not offered any specific energy policy, drilling or otherwise.

Drilling has been a major issue in the campaign since Kennedy started earlier this summer highlighting a May committee vote in which Landrieu honored a request of Sen. Ken Salazar, D-Colorado, to vote against allowing exploration in oil shale in Colorado.

Source: 2008 Louisiana Senate debate reported in Times-Picayune Aug 25, 2008

Mary Landrieu: Member of bipartisan “Gang of 10” for comprehensive oil plan

Sen. Mary Landrieu is telling voters via a statewide television ad that her Republican challenger John Kennedy opposes more domestic oil drilling. Landrieu’s 30-second drilling spot hinges on Kennedy’s opposition to an energy bill pitched by Landrieu and nine other senators, Democrats and Republicans calling themselves the “Gang of 10.” The approach would combine more offshore production with consumer tax incentives for non-petroleum automobiles. Kennedy called the proposal a tax increase--it would repeal some of the breaks afforded to oil companies--to pay for more studies of alternative energy sources.

Landrieu’s ad goes beyond any nuanced criticism from Kennedy, with an announcer stating, “He opposes her plan to open up 120 million acres for drilling. Under Kennedy, no new oil, higher gas prices, lost Louisiana jobs.”

Source: 2008 Louisiana Senate debate reported in Times-Picayune Aug 25, 2008

Mary Landrieu: Voted against allowing exploration in oil shale in Colorado

Kennedy opposes an energy bill pitched by Landrieu and nine other senators, Democrats and Republicans calling themselves the “Gang of 10.” Kennedy has echoed Republican leaders’ call for more domestic drilling, including in the Gulf of Mexico and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Alaska’s ANWR would remain off limits under the “Gang of 10” proposal.

A Landrieu spokesman echoed his boss’s characterization of Kennedy, saying the Republican speaks in generalities and has not offered any specific energy policy, drilling or otherwise.

Drilling has been a major issue in the campaign since Kennedy started earlier this summer highlighting a May committee vote in which Landrieu honored a request of Sen. Ken Salazar, D-Colorado, to vote against allowing exploration in oil shale in Colorado.

Source: 2008 Louisiana Senate debate reported in Times-Picayune Aug 25, 2008

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