State of Minnesota Archives: on Energy & Oil
Minnesota should lead on clean energy
Rebecca Otto is Minnesota's best opportunity to tackle climate disruption. Rebecca has lived in a sustainable, clean energy home since 1995.
With more than two decades of personal experience in the climate change discussion, Rebecca understands the economics of clean energy and how to make Minnesota into a national leader.
Source: 2018 Minnesota Gubernatorial website RebeccaOtto.com
Nov 1, 2017
25% renewable energy by 2025
As energy production evolves so must Minnesota. In 2007, Minnesota passed a renewable energy standard of 25% by 2025. Many utilities are close to achieving the goal, but we must do even better. I support the proposal for 50% of our energy to come
from renewables by 2030. This is not only better for our environment and Minnesotans' wallets, it creates good paying jobs. Clean energy jobs grew 78% from 2000 to 2014, compared to total 11% for total employment. And climate change MUST be contained.
Source: 2018 Minnesota governor campaign website TinaLiebling.com
May 2, 2017
Unlawful for EPA to impose cap-and-trade on refineries
The Executive branch has a duty to 'execute' or implement the law passed by Congress. While some deference to agency interpretation is warranted, agencies' power to make law is limited by the specific Congressional authority delegated to the agency.
In too many cases now, unelected bureaucrats are rewriting law--the EPA recently cited the Clean Air Act to implement a utility regulation that would have cost consumers $10 billion. In this instance, the Supreme Court ruled the EPA acted unlawfully.
The administration's $500 billion Clean Power Plan is yet another attempt to legislate and impose 'cap and trade' legislation that would have a direct impact on Minnesota's largest refinery. The Federal Register now has more than 82,000 pages--
in fact, there is a new agency regulation coming out every two and half hours, costing our economy $1.9 trillion annually. That's why I support the REINS Act, which would require Congress to vote up or down on any regulation that costs over $100 million.
Source: 2016 Minnesota House campaign website JasonLewis2016.com
Nov 8, 2016
Delay Keystone pipeline; but if built, use American steel
McFadden accused Franken of holding up energy projects like the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, overburdening rail lines tasked with hauling oil instead of other goods. "There's not been one pipeline built; the Keystone pipeline has been under the
review process for six years," he said. "That is crazy. Until you start passing pipelines, we're going to have a rail car shortage."
Franken acknowledged that he voted "to not circumvent the regulatory process," but said he also voted for a proposal
that would ensure that the Keystone pipeline, if it's built, would be done with American steel, seizing on a comment by McFadden over the summer that he would opt for Chinese steel if that saved taxpayer money.
Said Franken: "Those are
Minnesota jobs. I fight for Minnesota jobs. Maybe that's the difference between me and Mr. McFadden. Maybe he sees profits over people."
Source: Star-Tribune on 2014 Minnesota Senate debate
Oct 2, 2014
Federal legislation has limited alternative energy
Q: What is your opinion on oil fracking?
A: Safety and cleanup of any spills should be their responsibility, that should apply to oil or fracking or any business. There should be no risk taken by the people; [and public] land rights should not be up
for grabs for a private company's benefit.
Q: Do you support an increase in alternative forms of energy, including green energy such as solar and wind?
A: Yes. I don't know how much the public is aware how much the government has limited alternative energy through legislation, and given tax breaks for oil or car production for gas guzzlers. In the early 2000s SUVs were given tax breaks and fuel
efficient cars were penalized. That's discrimination and a misuse of power. We should utilize any and all forms of energy and let business conduct business, as long as they are responsible for impact and any potential problems.
Source: News Examiner Q&A on 2014 Minnesota Senate race
Aug 11, 2014
No subsidies for wind and solar
Question topic: Governments should pay to develop wind and solar energy solutions when these are not economically feasible.
Abeler: Strongly Disagree
Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Minnesota Senate race
Jul 2, 2014
Approve Keystone; faster permits for gas plants
Q: What do you think Congress should do with energy policy?
A: One is approve the Keystone pipeline, which has thoroughly passed multiple environmental reviews. Two is natural gas. There are 24 [LNG liquefied and natural gas plants] around the country
that have applied for permits. I would fast-track the permitting process. If we had these LNG plants up and running, we actually could export to Europe.
Q: Natural gas may contribute to climate change.
A: There's a false choice out there.
You're either for the environment, or you're for the economic growth or business growth. You can do both. You grow; you develop in a responsible way. I'm a big proponent of all forms of energy. Let the market determine what's the most efficient way to
provide energy sources. Look at the improvements we made in the coal industry in terms of what we've been able to do there. Whether its coal, nuclear, natural gas, propane--let's promote it in a responsible way.
Source: Minneapolis Post on 2014 Minnesota Senate race
May 12, 2014
Voted NO on removing CO2 emissions ban
Jim Abeler voted Nay (Passage of SF 86). Bill Passed, 76-54
Legislative title:Repeals Carbon Dioxide Emissions Prohibition
Legislative summary:Vote to exempt certain energy imports from the prohibition on increasing CO2.
Source: Minnesota House voting records (Votesmart synopses)
May 11, 2011
- Authorizes 1,500 megawatts of energy to be imported from out of state facilities if they meet the following requirements:
- The facilities are fueled by feedstock coal; and
- The facilities began construction after April 1, 2007.
Increase production of coal, gas, oil, plus alternatives
Emmer indicates support of the following principles regarding the environment and energy.
Source: Minnesota Congressional 2008 Political Courage Test
Nov 1, 2008
Promote increased use of alternative fuel technology.
- Support increased production of traditional domestic energy sources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil, etc).
Supports regional cap-and-trade emissions program
Jim Abeler voted Yea on Conference Report for HF 3195.
Legislative title:Greenhouse Gas Emissions Cap and Trade Program Report
Legislative summary:Vote to establish a cap and trade program under the Midwestern Greenhouse
Gas Accord by January 15, 2009.
Source: Minnesota House voting records (Votesmart synopses)
May 13, 2008
- Commissions studies related to the impact a cap and trade program will have on the economic, environmental, and public health, potential revenue, and governance options for determining expenditures of revenue.
Specifies that up to $500,000 shall be used to fund the studies.
- The report shall also cover implementation mechanisms; the potential for the program to allow the state to meet existing greenhouse gas reduction goals; legislation in
Congress to implement a federal cap and trade program; economic, environmental, and public health impact study; and the potential cap and trade revenue study.