State of Tennessee Archives: on Energy & Oil


Gordon Ball: Transition from dirty fossil fuels to clean renewables

The choice is simple. Will we continue to subsidize dirty fossil fuels, or will we transition to 21st century clean, renewable energy? If we invest now in a 21st century energy system, we can lower the costs of production for all of our businesses. We know that we can generate power with alternative energy sources--wind, solar, and hydro-power--and that we can make energy usage far more efficient. We must commit ourselves to clean energy and energy efficiency now.

The energy challenges facing Americ are so critical that a concentrated investment in energy research and development should be undertaken. We send well over a billion dollars every day out of our country to buy oil and energy from other countries. I agree with experts who have proposed that we create a new "Manhattan Project" or Apollo-type initiative on energy to initiate breakthroughs in energy technology. Moving away from an oil economy and finding a real solution to our energy crisis will require a sustained commitment by America.

Source: 2014 Tennessee Senate campaign website, GordonBallSenate.com Aug 7, 2014

Gordon Ball: Commercial solar & wind, and also clean coal

My own analysis of dozens of other energy plans proposed over the past five years guides me to propose a ten-year national energy plan to:
Source: 2014 Tennessee Senate campaign website, GordonBallSenate.com Aug 7, 2014

Gordon Ball: Supports construction of the Keystone pipeline

They differ on two issues that Adams has tried to underscore--Ball's support for the construction of the Keystone pipeline and his proposal for a flat tax that Ball says would simplify and streamline the tax code and that Adams says would raise taxes for working people and the middle class and lower them for "millionaires like himself."
Source: Memphis Flyer on 2014 Tennessee Senate race Aug 6, 2014

Bob Tuke: Dependence on foreign oil hurts security & climate

Our nation is facing an energy crisis. Soaring gas and diesel prices are forcing law enforcement to cut back on patrols and choking productivity for our farmers and freight transportation workers. And as our nation grows increasingly dependent on foreign oil from nations that are enemies of America, our citizens are forced to fund both sides of the war on terror while filling our atmosphere with climate change pollution.
Source: 2008 Senate campaign website, tukefortennessee.com, “Issues” Jun 3, 2008

Bob Corker: Promote fuel cells & alternatives to reduce oil dependence

Source: Campaign materials, “Blueprint for Tennessee” Oct 1, 2006

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