Pete Buttigieg on Energy & Oil

Democratic Presidential Challenger; IN Mayor


Put environmental justice at the core of our climate plan

In Australia there are literally tornadoes made of fire taking place. We have to ensure that we don't allow this to get any worse. And if we get right, farmers will be a huge part of the solution. We need to reach out to the very people who have sometimes been made to feel that accepting climate science would be a defeat for them, whether we're talking about farmers or industrial workers in my community, and make clear that we need to enlist them in the national project to do something about it.

We are going to have to use federal funds to make sure that we are supporting those whose lives will inevitably be impacted further by the increased severity and the increased frequency. And by the way, that is happening to farms, that is happening to factories, and that disproportionately happens to black and brown Americans, which is why equity and environmental justice have to be at the core of our climate plan going forward.

Source: 7th Democrat primary debate, on eve of Iowa caucus , Jan 14, 2020

Make all Americans part of the climate solution

All these plans we have to get carbon neutral by 2050, their impact is multiplied by zero unless something actually gets done. That is why our vision for climate includes people from the auto worker to a farmer, so that they understand we are asking them to be part of the solution. Not telling them they are part of the problem.
Source: Newshour/Politico/PBS December Democratic primary debate , Dec 19, 2019

Conservative farmers are part of the climate change solution

Q: would you continue farm subsidies?

BUTTIGIEG: Farming should be one of the pillars of how we combat climate change. I believe the quest for the carbon negative farm could be as big a symbol as the electric car. It's an important part of how we make sure we recruit everybody to be part of the solution, including conservative communities where a lot of people have been made to feel that admitting climate science would mean acknowledging they're part of the problem.

Source: November Democratic primary debate in Atlanta , Nov 20, 2019

Set up climate action plan as South Bend Mayor

Q: Under your leadership, South Bend does not yet have a climate action plan.

BUTTIGIEG: We are under way on a climate action plan. We committed joining with cities around the world to live up to the Paris commitments, even if the national governments are failing to do it. And right now we have built the capacity to assess what's happening with greenhouse gases in our city and act on it. We have undertaken energy savings contracts to make our buildings more energy efficient, set up electric vehicle charging points. And we're doing it because we're living in a country where our national government has failed. Now, having said all that, the reality is, cities can't do it alone. This is going to require action at every level of government and beyond government. We are only going to be able to tackle the climate issue when this amounts to a major national project that enlists the abilities of the public sector, the private sector, the academic sector, and rural America.

Source: CNN Climate Crisis Town Hall marathon (10 Democrats) , Sep 4, 2019

Polluters pay carbon tax; redistribute it to those affected

Q: You have a new proposal out about how municipalities can work using the Defense Department. You talk about how farmers can deal with it. Not as much attention paid to what you'd do to those who produce the fossil fuels & are making the money off it. Is that part of your plan?

BUTTIGIEG: Absolutely. It's one of the reasons why I've proposed that we assess a carbon tax. And I know you're not supposed to use the T word when you're in politics, but we might as well call this what it is. There is a harm being done, and in the same way that we have taxed cigarettes, we're going to have to tax carbon. Now, the difference with my plan is that I propose that we rebate all of the revenue we collect right back out to the American people on a progressive basis, so that low- and middle-income Americans are made more than whole. I'm proposing that the carbon tax is something whose incidence is on the polluters, not on the American people, especially lower-income people.

Source: CNN Climate Crisis Town Hall marathon (10 Democrats) , Sep 4, 2019

No more intermediate steps: de-carbonize industry by 2050

Q: What do you do to incentivize electric cars?

BUTTIGEIG: We've got to make sure we have the right kind of incentives for that. Expand the tax credits, set them up in the right way and make sure eventually that we are requiring that emissions fall to zero in American auto production. By the way, when we do that the companies can respond, the American auto industry is capable of great innovation but we've got to set up the left and right boundaries for that. Carbon taxing is part of that. Regulations are part of that.

Q: What about coal being removed from the economy in 10 years?

BUTTIGEIG: We envision that taking longer but I will say that we've got to do it as quickly as humanly possible because we see the consequences are upon us. Our vision includes de-carbonizing industry on a net basis completely by 2050, but intermediate steps from making sure our light vehicles and then our heavy vehicles and then our power grid are each in turn eventually turning into zero emissions.

Source: CNN Climate Crisis Town Hall marathon (10 Democrats) , Sep 4, 2019

Federal investment in renewable tech for farms

Q: How will you help farmers meet environmental regulations?

BUTTIGIEG: Uncertainty is one of the biggest enemies that a farmer has, and we're adding an awful lot of it with what's happening with climate change. Rural Americans can be a huge part of the solution. To me, the quest for the net zero emissions cattle farm is one of the most exciting things we might undertake as a country. It can be done right now, scientifically, but it's completely unaffordable. We need to change the eco And, yes, that means federal investment.

Q: You support a carbon tax?

BUTTIGIEG: We need balance in all of our consumption patterns and part of what a carbon tax and dividend does is it resets the price signals in the market to help make that happen without ordering Americans to abandon something. Instead we change the economic signals. We bring it into balance, which is what we have lost when it comes to our relationship with creation, with the earth that sustains our ability to live

Source: Climate Crisis Town Hall (CNN 2019 Democratic primary) , Sep 4, 2019

Military can play huge role in solving climate change

Q: What is your plan to ensure that the military helps to solve the climate crisis instead of contributing to it?

BUTTIGIEG: The exciting thing is that the military can be a huge part of the solution. The military's got an amazing capacity to rally to achieve what is being asked of them. By making sure, for example, fleet and future uses of fuel are relying on biofuels, by making sure the installed base of the American military footprint is carbon neutral or negative. The purchasing power of the U.S. military and the resolve of our service members to get stuff done could help lead the way for the rest of society.

Source: Climate Crisis Town Hall (CNN 2019 Democratic primary) , Sep 4, 2019

We have 12 years until climate catastrophe

Science tells us we have 12 years before we reach the horizon of catastrophe when it comes to our climate. By 2030, the average house in this country will cost half a million bucks and a women's right to choose may not even exist. We are not going to be able to meet this moment by recycling the same arguments, policies, and politicians that have dominated Washington for as long as I have been alive. We've got to summon the courage to walk away from the past and do something different.
Source: July Democratic Primary debate (first night in Detroit) , Jul 30, 2019

US must lead the way in exit of coal-fired power

The US needs to lead the way in the global exit of coal-fired power. I will quadruple clean energy research and development in the US and enact additional policies to support the deployment of renewables, storage, carbon capture and energy efficiency in homes and building retrofits. The US will work through global institutions to reduce and end global fossil fuel subsidies, many of which have unfairly favored coal, starting at home.
Source: Council on Foreign Relations on 2020 presidential primary , Jul 30, 2019

Ban fracking

Pete Buttigieg on Fossil Fuels vs. Renewable Energy: Ban fracking. 11 CANDIDATES HAVE SIMILAR VIEWS: Cory Booker; Bill de Blasio; Tulsi Gabbard; Kirsten Gillibrand; Jay Inslee; Wayne Messam; Bernard Sanders; Thomas Steyer; Eric Swalwell; Elizabeth Warren; Marianne Williamson.

The rise of fracking has enabled energy companies to produce vast amounts of oil and gas from shale rock formations, but the process remains controversial because of the use of chemicals to crack the rock.

Source: Politico "2020Dems on the Issues" , Jul 17, 2019

Pittsburgh Summit instead of Paris Summit

Rural America can be part of the solution instead of being told they're part of the problem. With the right kind of soil management and investments, rural America could be a huge part of how we get this done. We've got to look to the leadership of those networks of mayors in cities from around the world. We should have a Pittsburgh summit where we bring them together, as well as rejoining the Paris [accords].
Source: June Democratic Primary debate (second night in Miami) , Jun 27, 2019

Money from carbon tax should go to American families

Buttigieg said he supports a [carbon] tax but advocates for returning the money generated by the fee to American families--a scheme favored by some Republicans.
Source: Mother Jones magazine on "2020 Dems on Climate Change" , Apr 20, 2019

Institute carbon tax, to capture the true cost of things

Q: As president, would you keep the U.S. in the Paris Agreement and commit to more ambitious targets in 2020?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support a federal carbon tax?

A: "We're going to have to contemplate a carbon tax. And there are ways to do it that most Americans would be better off fiscally, because we could return it right back to the American people, but in so doing would help capture the true cost of things that are happening right now, because it's in your and my lifetime that that cost is going to be paid one way or the other." At a rally in Iowa, he said definitively, "We're going to have to have a carbon tax."

Q: Would you restore Obama-era climate change regulations that the Trump administration has reversed, like the Clean Power Plan, methane limits and vehicle emissions standards?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support increasing federal funding for clean-energy research?

A: Yes.

Source: 2019 "Meet the Candidates" (NY Times.com) , Apr 18, 2019

Timetable on climate set by reality, not by Congress

I'm thinking about what the world's going to look like in 2054 when I get to the current age of the current president. And if we don't act aggressively and immediately on climate, it's not going to be a pretty picture. If we can't do carbon free, then we'll do net carbon free, which means that we're taking out as much as we're putting in. The bottom line is, scientifically, the right year to do that was yesterday. We have got to do this. This timetable isn't being set in Congress. It's being set by reality. It's being set by science. And it's going to hit. Those deadlines are going to hit in our climate with or without us. What the green new deal gets right is it recognizes there's also a lot of economic opportunity in this. Retrofitting building means a huge amount of jobs for the building trades in this country.
Source: Fox News Sunday 2019 interviews for 2020 Democratic primary , Mar 19, 2019

Climate security is priority, invest in renewables

We need our expectations of 21st century security to include the concept of climate security. We've got to make sure we are reducing carbon levels at least to the kinds of commitments that were in the Paris Accord, which we should rejoin immediately when the new president takes office. More investments in renewables are going to be needed. We're going to have to contemplate a carbon tax. There are ways to do it that most Americans would be better off fiscally.
Source: CNN Town Hall: back-to-back 2020 presidential hopefuls , Mar 10, 2019

Supports Paris climate accord and Green New Deal

Buttigieg considers climate change˙a national security threat and a problem that will impact younger Americans and future generations. He supports every U.S. house˙becoming "net zero" consumer of energy, and is in favor of the government subsidizing solar panels. Buttigieg was one of 407 U.S. mayors who˙signed a pact˙to adhere to the Paris climate accord after President Donald Trump pulled out of the international agreement 2017. He supports the "Green New Deal."
Source: PBS Newshour on 2020 Democratic primary , Feb 15, 2019

Green New Deal is a framework addressing climate & jobs

I think the elegance from a policy perspective of the concept of the Green New Deal is, it matches a sense of urgency about that problem of climate change with a sense of opportunity around what the solutions might represent. Obviously, the Green New Deal is more of a plan than it is a fully articulated set of policies. But the idea that we need to race toward that goal and that we should do it in a way that enhances the economic justice and the level of economic opportunity in our country, I believe that's exactly the right direction to be going in.
Source: CNN 2019 "State of the Union" on 2020 Presidential hopefuls , Feb 10, 2019

Other candidates on Energy & Oil: Pete Buttigieg on other issues:
2020 Presidential Democratic Primary Candidates:
V.P.Joe Biden (D-DE)
Mayor Mike Bloomberg (I-NYC)
Gov.Steve Bullock (D-MT)
Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-IN)
Rep.Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI)
Sen.Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
Gov.Deval Patrick (D-MA)
Sen.Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
Sen.Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)

2020 GOP and Independent Candidates:
Rep.Justin Amash (Libertarian-MI)
CEO Don Blankenship (C-WV)
Gov.Lincoln Chafee (L-RI)
Howie Hawkins (Green-NY)
Gov.Larry Hogan (R-MD)
Gov.John Kasich (R-OH)
V.P.Mike Pence (R-IN)
Gov.Mark Sanford (R-SC)
CEO Howard Schultz (I-WA)
Pres.Donald Trump (R-NY)
Gov.Jesse Ventura (I-MN)
V.C.Arvin Vohra (Libertarian-MD)
Rep.Joe Walsh (R-IL)
Gov.Bill Weld (L-NY,R-MA)
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2020 Withdrawn Democratic Candidates:
State Rep.Stacey Abrams (D-GA)
Sen.Michael Bennet (D-CO)
Sen.Cory Booker (D-NJ)
Secy.Julian Castro (D-TX)
Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-NYC)
Rep.John Delaney (D-MD)
Sen.Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
Sen.Mike Gravel (D-AK)
Sen.Kamala Harris (D-CA)
Gov.John Hickenlooper (D-CO)
Gov.Jay Inslee (D-WA)
Mayor Wayne Messam (D-FL)
Rep.Seth Moulton (D-MA)
Rep.Beto O`Rourke (D-TX)
Rep.Tim Ryan (D-CA)
Adm.Joe Sestak (D-PA)
CEO Tom Steyer (D-CA)
Rep.Eric Swalwell (D-CA)
Marianne Williamson (D-CA)
CEO Andrew Yang (D-NY)

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