State of New Hampshire Archives: on Energy & Oil


Steve Marchand: Gas tax isn't ideal, but use it for infrastructure

Q: You have previously discussed increasing the gas tax as ways to increase revenue for the state?

Marchand: The gas tax is not desirable. But I believe when you can attach the revenue stream to the use of the revenue stream, that's a more transparent system. The business leaders I've talked to over the years also identified infrastructure as a priority. For now, the gas tax is one of the most direct tools in the toolbox. It is something I still have on the table because I think infrastructure is one of the biggest barriers we face to economic growth if we do not address and updated electric grid, ensured drinking water, improved Internet access particularly in rural areas, and improving our roads and bridges. Conservative business people tell me "why would I invest in New Hampshire, if New Hampshire doesn't invest in New Hampshire," and they meant these infrastructure issues.

Source: N.H. Journal on 2018 New Hampshire gubernatorial race Apr 24, 2017

Derek Dextraze: Prioritize green energy

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Prioritize green energy?"

A: Support

Source: Email interview: 2016 N.H. gubernatorial race by OnTheIssues Mar 14, 2016

Jon Lavoie: Prioritize green energy

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Prioritize green energy"?

A: YES.

Source: Email interview for 2016 N.H. Governor race with OnTheIssues Oct 18, 2015

Maggie Hassan: Join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative

As State Senate Majority Leader, Maggie worked across party lines to ensure New Hampshire joined the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). The program was designed to create jobs, lower energy costs for Granite Staters, and begin to curb climate change by capping carbon emissions at large power plants. The state has re-invested the revenue from this program in the New Hampshire economy, supporting a variety of programs including energy efficiency projects to further reduce energy costs. In just its first three years, RGGI has already saved the state over $17 million, created over 400 jobs, lowered energy costs and begun to curb carbon emissions.
Source: N.H. Governor 2012 campaign website, maggiehassan.com Nov 6, 2012

John Lynch: 25% renewable sources by 2025

I have proposed that New Hampshire set a goal of getting 25 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2025. I am working to protect our clean air and clean water; cut state energy use; develop a long-term strategy.

This plan will make New Hampshire a leader in the production of new energy sources, reduce our dependence on foreign oil, create jobs, and protect our environment.

Source: 2006 N.H. Gubernatorial National Political Awareness Test Nov 7, 2006

Mike Gravel: Immediately sign the Kyoto protocol

Energy and environment are two sides of the same coin. But it is a global problem, not just an American problem. The U.S. should immediately sign the Kyoto protocol and seek its ratification by the Senate. Carbon energy should be taxed to provide the funding for a global effort led by the US, with willing allies, to bring together the world’s scientific and engineering communities to develop energy alternatives to remove the world’s energy dependence on carbon.
Source: Speech at the N.H. Institute of Politics, Manchester NH Nov 1, 2006

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