State of Wisconsin Archives: on Energy & Oil


Russell Feingold: 2003 "4P": use Clean Air Act to reduce coal plant pollutants

Ron Johnson does not accept the science of climate change. His Senate website states, "Man-made global warming remains unsettled science," despite the fact that 975 of scientists agree that recent warming is very likely due to human activities. Johnson claimed sunspots are the cause of global warming.

By comparison, Feingold accepts the science and has consistently voted and spoken out for action. Feingold has said, "Climate change is real and we need to address it." In 2003 Feingold sponsored so-called "4P" legislation, which would have used the Clean Air Act to reduce four pollutants at coal-fired power plants, including carbon. Feingold opposed efforts that would have undone the EPA's endangerment finding and stopped efforts to address carbon pollution, explaining that "would have stalled our march toward energy independence through more efficient vehicles, alternative fuels and renewable energy, all of which can spur new American jobs."

Source: Huffington Post coverage of 2016 Wisconsin Senate race May 28, 2015

Scott Walker: Lawsuit against new energy regulations: save jobs & rates

Top-down regulations and mandates from the federal government get in the way of innovation and growth in Wisconsin and states like ours. Therefore, I am working with our new Attorney General to prepare a lawsuit challenging the newly proposed federal energy regulations. These proposals could have a devastating impact on Wisconsin because we are so heavily dependent on manufacturing.

According to recent reports, we could lose tens of thousands of jobs in our region, and ratepayers could see an increase of up to 29 percent. We will fight to protect Wisconsin's hard-working families.

Instead of fighting with states like Wisconsin, the federal government should work with us to find reasonable alternatives. We can be both environmentally and economically sustainable.

Source: State of the State address to 2015 Wisconsin Legislature Jan 13, 2015

Glenn Grothman: No federal subsidies for wind & solar

Q: Governments should pay to develop wind and solar energy solutions when these are not economically feasible?

GROTHMAN: Strongly Disagree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Wisconsin House race Sep 30, 2014

Glenn Grothman: Freeze the expensive renewable energy requirement

Source: 2014 Wisconsin House campaign website, GlennGrothman.com May 31, 2014

Tammy Baldwin: Government should get out of subsidies to big oil

Baldwin told the debate audience, "You've seen two very different views. I'm for the Buffett Rule and a balanced approach to move the economy forward. I want the government to get out of subsidies to big oil and corporate farms. Medicare and Social Security should be bedrock guarantees," she concluded.
Source: Madison Agri-View on 2012 Wisconsin Senate debates Oct 4, 2012

Mark Neumann: Don't mandate ethanol in gasoline

Question 1. Do you support mandating or subsidizing the use of ethanol as an additive to or a substitute for gasoline?

Mark Neumann: No

Tommy Thompson: No

Source: 2012 Wisconsin Tea Party Senate Debate Questionnaire Aug 13, 2012

Mark Neumann: Oppose cap-and-trade laws or regulations

Question 3. Will you oppose Cap and Trade and any other attempts by legislative or administrative fiat to limit carbon emissions?

Mark Neumann: Yes

Tommy Thompson: Yes

Source: 2012 Wisconsin Tea Party Senate Debate Questionnaire Aug 13, 2012

Tommy Thompson: Don't mandate ethanol in gasoline

Question 1. Do you support mandating or subsidizing the use of ethanol as an additive to or a substitute for gasoline?

Mark Neumann: No

Tommy Thompson: No

Source: 2012 Wisconsin Tea Party Senate Debate Questionnaire Aug 13, 2012

Tommy Thompson: Oppose cap-and-trade laws or regulations

Question 3. Will you oppose Cap and Trade and any other attempts by legislative or administrative fiat to limit carbon emissions?

Mark Neumann: Yes

Tommy Thompson: Yes

Source: 2012 Wisconsin Tea Party Senate Debate Questionnaire Aug 13, 2012

John Schiess: Increase production of traditional domestic energy sources

Source: Wisconsin Congressional 2008 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2008

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