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Mel Martinez on Energy & Oil

Republican Jr Senator (FL); previously Secretary of H.U.D.


Allow exploration in areas that support drilling

Q: How would you propose reducing the country’s dependence on foreign oil?

CASTOR: We won’t solve this problem with more drilling. I oppose drilling off Florida’s coasts, as well as in areas like the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. I support economic incentives for the production of fuel-efficient, environmentally friendly cars, trucks and SUVs. I support extending those incentives for hybrid cars, and oppose tax laws that allow companies to write off purchasing heavy trucks unnecessarily. We need to make a real investment in alternative energy sources, especially here in Florida, solar power.

MARTINEZ: I support Bush’s energy reform bill to increase our efficiency and production. Reducing our dependence on foreign oil is a multifaceted problem. We should provide the proper incentives to increase oil refining capacity and make energy production more efficient and safe. Further, we need to allow exploration in areas that support drilling. Finally, I strongly oppose drilling off the coast of Florida.

Source: Florida Senate Debate, Q&A by Associated Press , Oct 24, 2004

Increase domestic oil output

I support the sensible Energy Policy Act of 2003 now before Congress to both increase efficiency and production. We must reduce our dependence on foreign oil by increasing domestic output and by investing in the development of alternative fuels. As Florida’s next U.S. Senator, I will support legislation that provides incentives to increase our nation’s refining capacity and make energy production more safe and efficient.
Source: 2004 Congressional National Political Awareness Test , Oct 14, 2004

Voted YES on protecting middle-income taxpayers from a national energy tax.