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Nick Carter on Energy & Oil

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Clean coal can coexist with clean energy

Q: Do you support the statement, "Replace coal and oil with alternatives"?

A: Do not support. Clean coal technology can coexist as part of a sustainable, clean energy independent future.

Source: Email interview on 2008 Senate race with OnTheIssues.org Sep 11, 2008

Support cap-and-trade but not a long-term solution

Q: What is your position on the following measures that have been proposed to address global climate change--a cap-and-trade system, a carbon tax, increased fuel-economy standards, and research?

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.

Source: 2008 Senate questionnaire by SEA & 18 science organizations Sep 9, 2008

Quagmire in Mideast is result of dependence on oil

Q: What policies would you support to meet the demand for energy while ensuring a sustainable future?

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.

Source: 2008 Senate questionnaire by SEA & 18 science organizations Sep 9, 2008

Supports tax credit for commercial wind energy production

Carter issued a press release this week charging incumbent Sen. John Barrasso with preventing the extension of a tax credit for commercial wind energy production.

"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."

Source: By Dustin Bleizeffer, Casper Star-Tribune Jun 25, 2008

Other candidates on Energy & Oil: Nick Carter on other issues:
WY Gubernatorial:
Dave Freudenthal
WY Senatorial:
Chris Rothfuss
John Barrasso
Michael Enzi


2008 Senate retirements:

Wayne Allard(R,CO)
Larry Craig(R,ID)
Pete Domenici(R,NM)
Chuck Hagel(R,NE)
Trent Lott(R,MS)
Craig Thomas(R,WY)
John Warner(R,VA)

Incoming Obama Administration:

Pres.Barack Obama
V.P.Joe Biden
State:Hillary Clinton
HHS:Tom Daschle
Staff:Rahm Emanuel
DHS:Janet Napolitano
DOC:Bill Richardson
DoD:Robert Gates
A.G.:Eric Holder
Treas.:Tim Geithner
Winners of 2008 Senate Races:
( * if new to the Senate)
AK:*Begich over Stevens
AL:Sessions
AR:Pryor
CO:*Udall
DE:Biden and Kaufman
GA:Chambliss v.Martin (Dec. 2 runoff)
IA:Harkin
ID:*Risch
IL:Durbin
KS:Roberts
KY:McConnell
LA:Landrieu
MA:Kerry
ME:Collins
MI:Levin
MN:Coleman v.Franken (recounting as of Dec.1)
MS4:Wicker
MS6:Cochran
MT:Baucus
NC:*Hagan over Dole
NE:*Johanns
NH:*Shaheen over Sununu
NJ:Lautenberg
NM:*Udall
OK:Inhofe
OR:*Merkley over Smith
RI:Reed
SC:Graham
SD:Johnson
TN:Alexander
TX:Cornyn
VA:*Warner
WV:Rockefeller
WY4:Barrasso
WY6:Enzi
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