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Kay Hagan on Energy & Oil

Democratic Jr Senator; previously member of State Senate


Opposed offshore drilling until August compromise

[In this Dole ad, called “Ka-Ching”,] Hagan’s stand on drilling is linked to her ownership of oil wells.

Quote: “Kay is against offshore drilling.”

Facts: Earlier in the campaign, Hagan opposed lifting a federal moratorium on drilling for oil and natural gas off the U.S. coastline. In early August, she reversed herself, saying she supports a bipartisan compromise that would allow states to decide on offshore drilling, promote alternative energy and repeal oil company tax credits. Dole, who had previously supported the moratorium as well, reversed herself in June.

Note: The ad portrays Hagan as part of “Big Oil” because she and her husband own oil and gas wells valued somewhere between $90,000 and $300,000. That’s a pretty far cry from the billions a company such as ExxonMobil has in assets.

Source: 2008 N.C. Senate Debate: ad analysis, Raleigh News&Observer , Sep 17, 2008

No tax breaks for big oil companies that give us $4 gas

Hagan twice linked Dole to tax breaks for big oil companies that have given back nothing but $4-a-gallon gas. Dole didn’t convincingly evade the charge but offered a good retort that Hagan had suggested nothing that would reduce gas prices. The Republican then proposed releasing one-third of the nation’s strategic petroleum reserve. The current inventory is just over 700 million barrels.
Source: 2008 N.C. Senate Debate reported in Greensboro News-Record , Jun 25, 2008

Increase funding for R&D of renewable energy sources

In the US Senate, she will fight to reduce home heating fuel prices, push for higher fuel economy standards and replace tax breaks for Big Oil companies with new incentives for clean energy entrepreneurs. She will increase funding for research and development of energy sources such as wind, hydro, solar and biofuels.
Source: 2008 Senate campaign website, www.kayhagan.com, “Issues” , May 21, 2008

Voted NO on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases.

Congressional Summary:To prohibit the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency from promulgating any regulation concerning the emission of a greenhouse gas to address climate change. The Clean Air Act is amended by adding a section entitled, "No Regulation of Emissions of Greenhouse Gases". In this section, the term 'greenhouse gas' means any of the following:
  1. Water vapor
  2. Carbon dioxide
  3. Methane
  4. Nitrous oxide
  5. Sulfur hexafluoride
  6. Hydrofluorocarbons
  7. Perfluorocarbons
  8. Any other substance subject to, or proposed to be subject to regulation to address climate change.
The definition of the term 'air pollutant' does not include a greenhouse gas, except for purposes of addressing concerns other than climate change.

Proponent's Argument for voting Yes:
[Sen. McConnell, R-KY]: The White House is trying to impose a backdoor national energy tax through the EPA. It is a strange way to respond to rising gas prices. But it is perfectly consistent with the current Energy Secretary's previously stated desire to get gas prices in the US up to where they are in Europe.

Opponent's Argument for voting No:
[Sen. Lautenberg, D-NJ]:We hear the message that has been going around: Let's get rid of the EPA's ability to regulate. Who are they to tell us what businesses can do? Thank goodness that in this democratic society in which we live, there are rules and regulations to keep us as a civilized nation. The Supreme Court and scientists at the Environmental Protection Agency agreed that the Clean Air Act is a tool we must use to stop dangerous pollution. This amendment, it is very clear, favors one group--the business community. The Republican tea party politicians say: "Just ignore the Supreme Court. Ignore the scientists. We know better." They want to reward the polluters by crippling EPA's ability to enforce the Clean Air Act.
Status: Failed 50-50 (3/5

Reference: Energy Tax Prevention Act; Bill Am183 to S.49 ; vote number 11-SV054 on Apr 6, 2011

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