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John Neely Kennedy on Energy & Oil

Democratic Senate Challenger (LA)


Incentives for non-petroleum automobiles are a tax increase

Sen. Mary Landrieu is telling voters via a statewide television ad that her Republican challenger John Kennedy opposes more domestic oil drilling. Landrieu's 30-second drilling spot hinges on Kennedy's opposition to an energy bill pitched by Landrieu and nine other senators, Democrats and Republicans calling themselves the "Gang of 10." The approach would combine more offshore production with consumer tax incentives for non-petroleum automobiles. Kennedy called the proposal a tax increase--it would repeal some of the breaks afforded to oil companies--to pay for more studies of alternative energy sources.

Landrieu's ad goes beyond any nuanced criticism from Kennedy, with an announcer stating, "He opposes her plan to open up 120 million acres for drilling. Under Kennedy, no new oil, higher gas prices, lost Louisiana jobs."

Source: 2008 Louisiana Senate debate reported in Times-Picayune Aug 25, 2008

More domestic drilling, including in Gulf of Mexico & ANWR

Kennedy opposes an energy bill pitched by Landrieu and nine other senators, Democrats and Republicans calling themselves the "Gang of 10." Kennedy has echoed Republican leaders' call for more domestic drilling, including in the Gulf of Mexico and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Alaska's ANWR would remain off limits under the "Gang of 10" proposal.

A Landrieu spokesman echoed his boss's characterization of Kennedy, saying the Republican speaks in generalities and has not offered any specific energy policy, drilling or otherwise.

Drilling has been a major issue in the campaign since Kennedy started earlier this summer highlighting a May committee vote in which Landrieu honored a request of Sen. Ken Salazar, D-Colorado, to vote against allowing exploration in oil shale in Colorado.

Source: 2008 Louisiana Senate debate reported in Times-Picayune Aug 25, 2008

Encourage alternative fuels and electricity conservation

Source: Campaign website, www.johnkennedy.com, "Issues" Oct 20, 2004

Develop & increase domestic oil & gas production

Source: Campaign website, www.johnkennedy.com, "Issues" Oct 20, 2004

Other candidates on Energy & Oil: John Neely Kennedy on other issues:
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Bobby Jindal
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David Vitter
Mary Landrieu


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