State of Rhode Island Archives: on Energy & Oil


Gina Raimondo: Make R.I. a model for climate change preparedness

Climate change is poised to impact R.I. in a big way. With more than 400 miles of coastline, looming rises in sea levels could be devastating. Our tourism & fishing industries may face beaches washed away by erosion, & fish stocks diminished by changing sea temperatures. Our farms may soon be dealing with increased droughts, and more extreme seasons. We must do everything we can now to adapt to an environment transformed by climate change, and mitigate the impact that it will have on our state.

Fortunately, our state has already made great strides. Between regional initiatives designed to limit emissions, and state programs that help businesses and homeowners upgrade to energy-efficient technologies, we are already a national leader in energy policy. But there is room for growth: we have an opportunity to ramp up our efforts to mitigate climate change & adapt to its impact, while simultaneously making Rhode Island a model when it comes to renewable energy usage & climate change preparedness.

Source: 2014 R.I. Gubernatorial campaign website, GinaRaimondo.com Nov 4, 2014

Gina Raimondo: Create state "Green Bank" for clean energy financing

I'm proposing the creation of a Rhode Island Green Bank and Clean Energy Finance Authority. The bank will encourage the large-scale adoption of clean energy and energy efficiency solutions by creating a dependable, accessible source of funding and capital for all Rhode Islanders.
Source: 2014 R.I. Gubernatorial campaign website, GinaRaimondo.com Nov 4, 2014

Mark Zaccaria: No climate change laws; no cap-&-trade; more oil exploration

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

A: No.

Q: Do you support international emissions targets aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?

A: No.

Q: Do you support allowing energy producers to trade carbon credits under a "cap and trade" system?

A: No.

Q: Do you support strengthening fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support domestic oil exploration in federally-protected areas?

A: Yes.

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

A: No.

Q: Do you support the development of nuclear reactors?

A: Yes.

Zaccaria adds, "The federal government may well wish to promote the development of Alternative Energy technologies, but this should be done through economic incentives NOT through grants that immunize businesses from the free market."

Source: R.I. Congressional Election 2010 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2010

Stephen Laffey: Need a new national energy policy to fight the War on Terror

Bush and the elected leaders in Washington including Chafee have failed us especially since 2001 because they haven’t told us exactly how to win the War on Terror. We need a new national energy policy the likes of putting a man on the moon and all be involved in it. Not one state saying one thing & another state saying another thing. Every time the price of a barrel of oil goes up another dollar, Iran takes more of that money and recycles it to terrorists like Hezbollah. That’s where we need to stop.
Source: 2006 R.I. Republican Senate Primary debate on WPRI Aug 24, 2006

Carl Sheeler: Begin with environment friendly public transportation

Source: 2004 R.I. Gubernatorial National Political Awareness Test Nov 7, 2004

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