Nick Carter on Energy & Oil
Democratic Senate Challenger
A: Do not support. Clean coal technology can coexist as part of a sustainable, clean energy independent future.
A cap-and-trade system is an attractive option in theory but has had mixed results when put into practice. I support cap-and-trade but I don't see it as a long-term solution. A limited carbon tax would help in the short-term but has many of the same shortcomings as cap-and-trade. The major polluters can easily afford the tax and the private citizen winds up getting stuck with the bill. I could not support a carbon tax without assurances that working Americans would be protected.
Climate change is a global crisis that must be addressed immediately with cap-and-trade and increased standards and in the long-term with research and implementation. I believe in American ingenuity. I know we can get there.
A: Energy is at the epicenter of all our nation's problems. The quagmire in the Middle East is a direct result of our dependence on foreign oil. The looming global warming crisis is a result of our burning of fossil fuels. Our economic crisis is the result partially of failed regulation but also of the exorbitant price of fuel to run our industries, heat our homes and transport goods. Creating a sustainable, secure energy future is the cornerstone of building a successful American century. The building begins with clean coal technology. We have abundant coal resources in this country but the burning of coal is environmentally disastrous. We cannot bury our heads in the sand and pretend that we can continue or increase our coal usage unabated and unchecked indefinitely. The next step is to develop naturally clean & sustainable energy sources such as wind, solar and geothermal.
"Congress had the chance and they blew it," Carter said. "It saddens me to see that our own members of the U.S. Senate haven't the foresight to see what wind energy can do for this country and for our home state of Wyoming."
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