State of Massachusetts Archives: on Energy & Oil


Ed Markey: Simply unneeded to subsidize oil industry

Markey said the nation should end tax breaks for oil companies and other corporations. "Subsidizing the oil industry is like subsidizing a fish to swim and a bird to fly," Markey said. "You simply don't have to do it."

Markey and Gomez split on the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline, which would bring oil from Canada to Texas. Gomez said the project would create jobs, while Markey said the US would end up bearing all the environmental risk while the oil itself is dumped onto the international market.

Source: Boston Herald on 2013 MA Senate debates Jun 11, 2013

Gabriel Gomez: Keystone XL project brings jobs

Markey said the nation should end tax breaks for oil companies and other corporations. "Subsidizing the oil industry is like subsidizing a fish to swim and a bird to fly," Markey said. "You simply don't have to do it."

Markey and Gomez split on the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline, which would bring oil from Canada to Texas. Gomez said the project would create jobs, while Markey said the US would end up bearing all the environmental risk while the oil itself is dumped onto the international market.

Source: Boston Herald on 2013 MA Senate debates Jun 11, 2013

Scott Brown: Cap-and-trade is a national energy tax

At their last debate, Scott Brown blasted his Democratic opponent, Attorney General Martha Coakley, for supporting cap-and-trade: "You're in favor of cap and trade, which is a national energy tax," Brown said to Coakley.

"It's not a tax," Coakley replied.

"It's a tax," Brown insisted.

Senate Democrats support cap and trade. I asked Brown about his opposition to it last month, at a campaign stop in Medfield. "If we don't use cap and trade, how do we reduce emissions?" I wondered.

"You can reduce by conservation, wind, solar, hydroelectric, nuclear," Brown told me. "You can provide a total package and let people have different avenues and different ways to heat and light their businesses. How does government enforce that? They have their hands in pretty much everything. I'm sure there'll be a role for government--and at some point, government needs to get out of the way, as well."

Source: WBUR article on 2010 MA Senate debate Jan 18, 2010

Martha Coakley: Supports national cap-and-trade system, plus renewables

Has called climate change the "most pressing issue of our time." She has proposed a plan she feels will reduce the country's dependence on fossil fuels that includes a national cap-and-trade system and providing incentives to spur renewable energy development.
Source: Nancy Reardon, Quincy Patriot-Ledger: 2010 MA Senate debate Jan 14, 2010

Scott Brown: Opposes cap-and-trade system, but renewables OK

Does not believe climate change is entirely man-made. Opposes a cap-and-trade program, feeling it would create higher costs for families and businesses, but backs what he calls "reasonable and appropriate" development of wind, solar, nuclear, geothermal energy.
Source: Nancy Reardon, Quincy Patriot-Ledger: 2010 MA Senate debate Jan 14, 2010

Jeff Beatty: Additional drilling has to be part of the solution

Beatty said he is all for developing alternative energy sources and electric- and hydrogen-powered cars, but he said additional drilling for domestic oil has to be part of the solution.

Beatty said he supports the proposed additional drilling in Alaskaís ANWR wildlife preserve; drilling off the coast of the US; and Sen. John McCainís call for a temporary suspension of the federal 18 cents per gallon gasoline tax.

Source: Attleboro Sun Chronicle on 2008 MA Senate Debate Jul 30, 2008

Jeff Beatty: Should have drilled ANWR 10 years ago; so drill now

Q: Is there any way your plan or your policies would diverge from John McCainís?

A: Sure. First of all, we were out there before he came up with his proposal. Second, he was not for drilling in ANWR. But Iím not running against John McCain, Iím running against John Kerry. Contrast me to John Kerry. John Kerry doesnít want to drill in ANWR, doesnít want to drill off the coast. If you drill off the coast, that oil becomes available within two years. Itís supply and demand, itís the most simple rule of economics.

John Kerry says no to ANWR--you know why? He says because it will take ten years before any of that oil comes online. I said, ĎOK, what if we had done it ten years ago? Youíve been in the Senate all this time. Did you not look down the road and see that we were going to need to be in control of our own destiny, not at the mercy of a Middle Eastern country who, whether they decided to pump more gas or not, we would have to go begging for?

Source: Dedham Times Interview on 2008 MA Senate Debate Jul 16, 2008

Jeff Beatty: Opposed gas tax hikes; roll-back gasoline prices

His message on the economy, he says, ought to resonate among such working, middle-class voters. He wants to cut taxes, roll-back gasoline prices and trim government spending.

He said that, in contrast, his opponent is a globe-trotter who has proposed gas tax hikes.

ďHe doesnít get it,Ē said Mr. Beatty, who is retired from a career in the US Army, CIA and FBI and running a small security business. ďHe doesnít have any contact with the lives most of us lead. Iím a proud member of the middle class.Ē

Source: Worcester Telegram & Gazette on 2008 MA Senate Debate Apr 2, 2008

Kerry Healey: I like wind energy, but Cape Wind is a bad idea

Cape Wind is a bad idea, itís in the wrong place. I love renewable energy and I like wind energy, but itís in the wrong place and itís going to hurt our fishing industry and thatís why I oppose it.
Source: 2006 MA Gubernatorial debate on Fox News with Chris Wallace Sep 25, 2006

Scott Brown: Promote increased use of alternative fuel technology

Rep. Brown indicated he supports the following principles regarding the environment and energy.
  • Promote increased use of alternative fuel technology.
  • Use state funds to clean up former industrial and commercial sites that are contaminated, unused or abandoned.
  • Q: Do you support state funding for open space preservation?
    A: Yes.
  • Q: Should state environmental regulations be stricter than federal law?
    A: No.
    Source: 2002 MA Gubernatorial National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2002

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