State of Arkansas Archives: on Energy & Oil

Asa Hutchinson: We need to accelerate electric charging states across state

Today, I am challenging Arkansas to lead in this world of innovation by focusing on the future of advanced mobility. In order for us to lead, we need to have electric charging stations across the state. Arkansas is scheduled to receive $54 million over the next 5 years from the federal government for electric charging station infrastructure. Quite frankly, this needs to be accelerated. Oklahoma already has it in place and we may need to devote state dollars to get it done more quickly.
Source: 2022 State of the State Address to the Arkansas legislature Feb 14, 2022

Chris Jones: Uplift and support the solar energy industry

Arkansas is home to some of the most cutting-edge technology in solar energy. We need a governor that uplifts and supports this industry so that Arkansas stays competitive.
Source: 2022 Arkansas Governor campaign website May 26, 2022

Bruce Westerman: Expansion of energy sources should be market driven

Q: Do you support state funding for the development of alternative energy?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support state funding for the development of traditional domestic energy sources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support providing financial incentives to farms that produce biofuel crops?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?

A: No.

Westerman adds, "I believe that new forms of energy production, expansion of existing energy sources, or upgrading of existing infrastructure should be market driven. I believe that state funding from the standpoint of reduced corporate taxes, tax incentives, and some low interest bond programs are good for energy development projects as well as for manufacturing industry projects and would provide more tax revenues in the long run because of increased jobs and wages. State funding for research and development of new energy sources is also a good investment."

Source: Arkansas Congressional 2008 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2008

Curtis Coleman: Use every American energy source to end external dependency

To rescue the U.S. from its terminal dependency on external energy sources, we must use every American energy source to provide American consumers with American energy harvested and generated by American companies employing American workers. While America's energy policy must include the development of renewable energy resources, we must also focus on immediately available technologies to harvest and generate available and affordable energy resources. I support environmentally responsible oil and natural gas drilling off our coasts, in ANWR, and in the shale fields of the Western United States. I also support the development of nuclear power plants and coal-to-liquid fuels, the expansion of our nation's oil refining capacity, and the pursuit of alternative energy sources such as wind, solar, and ethanol produced from cellulosic sources, not food crops.
Source: Arkansas 2010 Senate campaign website, Nov 1, 2010

Curtis Coleman: Cap-and-trade is a massive tax on energy consumption

The proposed "cap-and-trade" legislation would constitute a massive tax on energy consumption which would raise electricity rates 90 percent after adjusting for inflation, raise inflation-adjusted gasoline prices by 58 percent, raise residential natural gas prices by 55 percent, raise an average family's annual energy bill by $1,241. But the $1,241 annual energy bill is just the direct increase in energy prices that consumers will face. As energy prices increase, the cost of making products becomes more expensive. Businesses will have to pass the higher costs of operating onto consumers, which will be reflected in the higher prices we will pay for products. And American businesses will move out of America to locations where they will be able to compete in a global economy without this financial albatross, taking thousands of American jobs with them.
Source: Arkansas 2010 Senate campaign website, Nov 1, 2010

Dan Whitfield: Climate change exists even if we pretend it doesn't

To make things worse this cascading effect will continue to hasten.

We have a mere 12 years to make drastic changes before we reach the point of no return. I am not saying the world is going to end, but the world as we know it is now changing. Our children will suffer dire droughts and great storm to the like's mankind has never faced.

Source: 2020 Arkansas Senate campaign website Nov 30, 2019

Dan Whitfield: Climate change is real; make Arkansas leader in clean energy

Climate change is real. Period. A republican Mayor in Texas was able to get his constituents to agree on changing to a 100% renewable energy source and has since then created safer jobs with less hours and higher pay, lowered the electric bill of residents to less than $20/month, while lowering emissions. We can follow this brave republican's model and make Arkansas the leader in clean energy. Let's keep our Natural State the most beautiful in the nation.
Source: 2020 Arkansas Senate campaign website Jun 8, 2020

Jake Bequette: Democrats want insane policies like Green New Deal

[On Congress]: "America is at a crossroads. The Democrats in Washington have never been more radical than they are today. They want to institute insane policies like defund the police, like 'The Green New Deal,'" Bequette continued. "They want to push ideologies that are anti-American like critical race theory. We have a legitimate crisis at our southern border that's been unaddressed by generations of career politicians in both parties."
Source: Daily Wire on 2022 Arkansas Senate race Jul 12, 2021

Jim Holt: Drilling for oil in Alaska won't cause environmental damage

Holt said he supports drilling for oil in Alaska and believes it can be done without causing environmental damage.
Source: AR Senate Debate in Arkansas News Bureau Oct 29, 2004

Josh Mahony: Climate change is man-made

Josh Mahony, the Democratic Party candidate, agrees that while the planet has seen ups and downs in climate change over the millennia, this recent round is indeed man-made.

Incumbent U.S. Rep. Steve Womack, R-Rogers, thinks the jury is still out on who is causing it.

Source: Southwest Times Record on 2020 Arkansas Senate race Oct 28, 2018

Leslie Rutledge: Joined challenge of revocation of Keystone Pipeline permit

A Biden Executive Order recently cost 500 hardworking Arkansans their jobs. Rutledge joined twelve other states in suing the Administration for its unconstitutional climate change order, which revoked the Keystone Pipeline permit and demanded that federal agencies determine the 'social cost' of its greenhouse gas emissions. According to Rutledge, it is unacceptable that this administration made the decision to make the United States energy dependent on other countries.
Source: 2021 Arkansas Governor campaign website Mar 12, 2021

Mark Swaney: Tax carbon to encourage people to use alternatives

Swaney said one of the most important issues on his platform is climate change. He would implement a tax on carbon to encourage people not to use it. Swaney wants the country to focus on alternatives that would not pollute the atmosphere.
Source: KAIT-8 on 2014 Arkansas Senate race Jul 26, 2014

Mark West: Government shouldn't play favorites in energy market

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Prioritize green energy"?

A: Oppose because government shouldn't play favorites in the free market. We should end corporate welfare that has led to environmentally unfriendly sources of energy monopolizing the market.

Source: OnTheIssues interview of 2018 Arkansas governor candidate Apr 28, 2018

Natalie James: Advocate for equity in developing clean energy economy

Source: 2022 Arkansas Senate campaign website Jun 7, 2022

Sarah Huckabee Sanders: Fight radical environmental policies like Green New Deal

I will fight back against the radical environmental policies, like the Green New Deal that threatened to destroy so many jobs. I will take on the bureaucracy, reduce the cost and size of government, and make it accountable to you.
Source: e-zine on 2022 Arkansas gubernatorial race Nov 12, 2020

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