State of Rhode Island secondary Archives: on Energy & Oil
Understanding Gap: do no economic harm without certainty
The facts of global temperatures and amounts of CO2 dissolved in sea water are measurements that have been accurately recorded. What is not understood is the relative impact of human activity on climate modification as a percentage of the whole.
Do biologic or geologic factors have a greater or lesser impact than industry?
The Understanding Gap that exists today is the weak link in any proposal that's made to benefit our global environment. That's why so many of the proposals which have been
floated to date have carried such huge human costs. So that Understanding Gap is also the reason so few environmental initiatives have been undertaken to date. We can't afford to economically harm so many people in the absence of more certain
understanding that such disruption is actually necessary.
If I am elected to the US Senate I hope to support the advanced research which will clarify the real parameters of climate change, making future decisions obvious.
Source: 2018 Rhode Island Senate campaign website bobby4senate.com
Feb 3, 2018
Green energy means jobs
We've proven that you can grow the economy and protect the environment at the same time: We're the only state in America with an off-shore wind farm.
We're on track to make our energy system 10 times cleaner by 2020. Since 2014, we've added more than 5,000 green jobs--a 66 percent increase. Let's keep going.
Source: 2018 Rhode Island State of the State address
Jan 16, 2018
Further research needed on climate change
What is not understood is the relative impact of human activity on climate modification as a percentage of the whole. Do biologic or geologic factors have a greater or lesser impact than industry? This is an area where science
is still being developed. That's why so many of the proposals have carried such huge human costs. We can't afford to economically harm so many people in the absence of more certain understanding that such disruption is actually necessary.
Source: 2018 Rhode Island Senatorial website Bobby4Senate.com
Oct 1, 2017
Won zoning for large scale solar installation on farmland
Opponents [of Allan Fung for Mayor] are contesting a proposed zoning change put forth by Mayor Fung, that allows solar power, as well as animal day-care businesses, on the land. The ordinance has moved back and forth between the City Planning
Commission, the City Council and the Ordinance Committee. The City Planning Commission voted 8-1 Nov. 3 to endorse Fung's proposal to change the city ordinance to allow large-scale solar installation on farmland.
Source: EcoRi News on 2018 Rhode Island gubernatorial race
Nov 8, 2015
No subsidies for wind and solar
Question topic: Governments should pay to develop wind and solar energy solutions when these are not economically feasible.
Zaccaria: Strongly Disagree
Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Rhode Island Senate race
Sep 30, 2014
Make R.I. the leader in development of offshore wind power
Rhode Island is leading the nation in the development of offshore wind power. The US Department of the Interior has said that the East Coast of the US is the "Saudi Arabia of wind".
Deepwater Wind has recently completed a power purchase agreement with
National Grid. Simultaneously, a team of scientists from URI is working with the Coastal Resources Management Council to complete a Special Area Management Plan--an ocean "zoning" map--the first in the country.
This plan will be the guidepost for siting offshore wind farms. The Block Island project-Phase 1 of the overall wind farm plan will create an estimated 800 new jobs at Quonset Point, and equally important, we will have established R.I. as the center of
East Coast offshore wind farms. Over time, this project could lead to thousands of additional jobs, as turbine, blade, and other component manufacturers locate facilities at Quonset Point to supply this new, growing industry.
Source: Rhode Island 2010 State of the State Address
Jan 26, 2010
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