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Norm Coleman on Energy & Oil

Republican Sr Senator (MN)


Speed up nuclear plant processing; send waste to Yucca

Q: Would you vote to support legislation designed to speed up the permitting and construction of nuclear power plants?

A: Yes.

Q: Would you vote to oppose removing the designation of Yucca Mountain as the site for the temporary storage of nuclear waste?

A: Yes.

Source: BIPAC 2008 Senate Candidate Questionnaire Nov 1, 2008

Drill offshore; but don’t drill ANWR

Q: Would you vote to significantly expand environmentally responsible drilling for oil and natural gas on the Outer Continental Shelf?

A: Yes.

Q: Would you vote to oppose restrictions that would limit access to and exploration of oil shale in the western United States?

A: Yes.

Q: Would you vote to allow environmentally responsible exploration and production in the portion of Alaska called ANWR, which is estimated to hold 10 billion barrels of oil?

A: No.

Source: BIPAC 2008 Senate Candidate Questionnaire Nov 1, 2008

Helped pass wind-power tax credits for energy independence

The candidates also agreed that the country must work toward energy independence, with Coleman citing wind-power tax credits and other initiatives he helped pass in Congress, and Franken and Barkley criticizing him for voting for a bill that included tax credits for oil companies.

Turning to Coleman, Franken said: “There was no reason to do that to get wind credits unless you had senators who took money from big oil companies.”

Source: 2008 MN Senate Debate reported in Star Tribune Oct 17, 2008

Alternative energy; no ANWR drilling

I support an energy policy that is comprehensive and balanced, promotes Minnesota jobs through increased use & production of alternative energies, promotes conservation, provides reliable energy, & protects the environment. I do not support drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, at National Monuments or the Great Lakes. Our nation’s energy problems require a comprehensive approach that focuses on renewable, environmentally sound energy sources.
Source: Campaign website, www.ColemanForSenate.com, “Energy” Oct 2, 2002

Voted YES on tax incentives for energy production and conservation.

OnTheIssues.org Explanation:A "Cloture Motion" would end debate on the bill, and then allow a vote on passage. This motion failed (3/5ths of the Senators must vote YEA), based on objections of how the new incentives would be paid for.Congressional Summary:A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide Tax incentives for energy production and conservation, to extend certain expiring provisions, and to provide individual income tax relief.
Source: Gas Price Reduction Act (S.3202) 08-S3202 on Jun 26, 2008

Set goal of 25% renewable energy by 2025.

Coleman co-sponsored setting goal of 25% renewable energy by 2025

A resolution that it is the goal of the United States that, not later than January 1, 2025, the agricultural, forestry, and working land of the US should provide from renewable resources not less than 25% of the total energy consumed and continue to produce safe, abundant, and affordable food, feed, and fiber. [Governors also signed letters of endorsement at www.25x25.org]

Rep. SALAZAR: "Our resolution establishes a national goal of producing 25% of America's energy from renewable sources--like solar, wind and biofuels--by 2025. The "25x'25" vision is widely endorsed, bold, and fully attainable. If implemented, it would dramatically improve our energy security, our economy, and our ability to protect the environment.

"I am pleased that more than 20 of my colleagues in the Senate, from both sides of the aisle, are cosponsoring this resolution. In addition, the "25x'25" vision has been endorsed by 22 current and former governors and several State legislatures across the country. The Big Three automobile manufacturers--Ford, Chrysler, and General Motors--are all behind "25x'25" So are many agricultural organizations, environmental groups, scientists, and businesses, ranging from the Natural Resources Defense Council to John Deere.

"These Americans understand that we cannot continue to import 60% of our oil from foreign countries, many of which are hostile to the US, if we aim to be strong and secure in the world. They know that we will have to build a clean energy economy if we are to reduce our dependence on foreign oil. It is time for Congress to take a more active role in our clean energy future. Establishing a national goal--"25x'25" is the first step."

Source: 25x'25 Act (S.CON.RES.3 / H.CON.RES.25) 2007-SC03 on Jan 17, 2007

Other candidates on Energy & Oil: Norm Coleman on other issues:
MN Gubernatorial:
Tim Pawlenty
MN Senatorial:
Al Franken
Amy Klobuchar

Newly elected in 2008 & seated in 2009:
AK:Begich (D)
CO:Udall (D)
ID:Risch (R)
MN:Franken (D)
NC:Hagan (D)
NE:Johanns (R)
NH:Shaheen (D)
NM:Udall (D)
OR:Merkley (D)
VA:Warner (D)

Newly appointed in 2009;
special election in 2010:

DE:Kaufman (D)
CO:Bennet (D)
IL:Burris (D)
NY:Gillibrand (D)

Announced retirement as of 2010:
DE:Kaufman (D)
FL:Martinez (R)
KS:Brownback (R)
MO:Bond (R)
OH:Voinovich (R)


Up for 6-year term in 2010:
(13 Democrats; 15 Republicans)
AK:Murkowski (R)
AL:Shelby (R)
AR:Lincoln (D)
AZ:McCain (R)
CA:Boxer (D)
CT:Dodd (D)
GA:Isakson (R)
HI:Inouye (D)
IA:Grassley (R)
ID:Crapo (R)
IN:Bayh (D)
KY:Bunning (R)
LA:Vitter (R)
MD:Mikulski (D)
NC:Burr (R)
ND:Dorgan (D)
NH:Gregg (R)
NV:Reid (D)
NY:Schumer (D)
OK:Coburn (R)
OR:Wyden (D)
PA:Specter (R)
SC:DeMint (R)
SD:Thune (R)
UT:Bennett (R)
VT:Leahy (D)
WA:Murray (D)
WI:Feingold (D)
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