State of Arizona Archives: on Energy & Oil


Mark Brnovich: We've got to prioritize energy independence

We've got to prioritize energy independence. You don't want to have a second thought when you need to put gas in your car. Countries shouldn't have leverage on us when it comes to the stability of our energy resources.
Source: 2021 Arizona Senate campaign website BrnoForAZ.com Jul 20, 2021

Blake Masters: We need diverse energy, from fossil fuels to nuclear

The last thing we want is to be "low energy." We need a diverse and robust portfolio of energy production-- everything from fossil fuels and fracking to renewables like geothermal and nuclear energy.
Source: 2021 Arizona Senate campaign website BlakeMasters.com Jul 19, 2021

Mark Kelly: We've got to get on to more renewable energy, like solar

On renewables: "We've gotta get off fossil fuels. We've gone from 240 to 415 parts per million of CO2 in the atmosphere since the beginning of the industrial revolution, and we've got to tackle this," Kelly said. "What that means is, we've got to get on to more renewable energy, like solar, which could be a good thing here in Arizona. It could be good-paying jobs. So, we could be on the winning side of this if we choose to do that."
Source: Arizona Republic on 2020 Arizona Senate debate Oct 6, 2020

Mark Kelly: Develop renewable energy, but not for Green New Deal

On Green New Deal: "If we address this now and put more money into research, development of technology, battery technologies, solar, wind, renewable energy, we can start to level off the amount of carbon that we're putting into the atmosphere, that's going to be good for the planet. It's also going to be good for the economy," he told The Arizona Republic's podcast, expressing hope for bipartisan policies on climate change. Kelly also told the hosts he is "not in favor of the Green New Deal."
Source: Environment & Energy News on 2020 Arizona Senate race Jan 28, 2020

Mark Kelly: Support massive investment developing renewable technologies

Left unchecked, climate change poses a threat to Arizona's economy and our way of life. As one of the nation's leading producers of renewable energy, this is also an opportunity for Arizona. The sector already employs 10,500 people in the state. We can triple that number, but only by making massive investments in research and development of technologies that make renewable energy more competitive and accelerate the transition to a renewable economy.
Source: 2020 Arizona Senate campaign website MarkKelly.com Jan 15, 2020

David Garcia: Climate change is a real & urgent threat

Q: Is climate change a serious threat, and should government respond to that threat? Stand on Proposition 127, which requires utilities to produce 50% of energy from renewables by 2030.

Doug Ducey (R): Unclear. In 2015 said skeptical that it's human caused. More recently said he's convinced that it is. Undercut Prop 127 by signing bill that minimizes fines on utilities for not complying if it passes.

David Garcia (D): Yes. Real & urgent threat. Politicians doing nothing are putting all Arizonans at risk, while ignoring "an enormous economic opportunity to make Arizona the nation's leader in solar energy."

Q: Support government subsidies for renewable energy?

Ducey: No. Allowed utilities to avoid major penalties for not producing renewable energy under Prop 127.

Garcia: Yes. Supports Prop 127 to require 50% of energy from renewable sources by 2030.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Arizona Governor race Oct 9, 2018

Doug Ducey: Opposed Prop 127: no to utilities producing renewable energy

Q: Is climate change a serious threat, and should government respond to that threat? Stand on Proposition 127, which requires utilities to produce 50% of energy from renewables by 2030.

Doug Ducey (R): Unclear. In 2015 said skeptical that it's human caused. More recently said he's convinced that it is. Undercut Prop 127 by signing bill that minimizes fines on utilities for not complying if it passes.

David Garcia (D): Yes. Real & urgent threat. Politicians doing nothing are putting all Arizonans at risk, while ignoring "an enormous economic opportunity to make Arizona the nation's leader in solar energy."

Q: Support government subsidies for renewable energy?

Ducey: No. Allowed utilities to avoid major penalties for not producing renewable energy under Prop 127.

Garcia: Yes. Supports Prop 127 to require 50% of energy from renewable sources by 2030.

Source: CampusElect 2018: Arizona legislative voting records Oct 9, 2018

Kyrsten Sinema: Opposes carbon tax but supports renewable energy

Q: Climate Change: Consider climate change a serious threat?

Martha McSally (R): Unclear how serious a threat she considers. Says climate is changing, & that humans have played a role. But also voted to end Defense Dept assessments of climate-related threats to military installations & operations.

Kyrsten Sinema (D): Yes. "Our climate is changing & human activity is contributing." Voted for continued assessment of threat.

Q: Clean Power: Limit or tax production of greenhouse gases?

McSally: No. Opposed Obama Clean Power plan, citing impact on Apache generating station. Voted against the potential carbon tax in 2018.

Sinema: Mixed. Supports limits & opposed condemning Obama Clean Power plan, but raised issues about impact on Apache & opposed potential carbon tax.

Q: Renewable Energy: Support government subsidies for renewable energy?

McSally: Unclear. Supports new technologies, but led by private sector.

Sinema: Yes. Supports government funding to develop renewable energy.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Arizona Senate race Oct 9, 2018

Martha McSally: Opposed Clean Power plan & climate assessments

Q: Climate Change: Consider climate change a serious threat?

Martha McSally (R): Unclear how serious a threat she considers. Says climate is changing, & that humans have played a role. But also voted to end Defense Dept assessments of climate-related threats to military installations & operations.

Kyrsten Sinema (D): Yes. "Our climate is changing & human activity is contributing." Voted for continued assessment of threat.

Q: Clean Power: Limit or tax production of greenhouse gases?

McSally: No. Opposed Obama Clean Power plan, citing impact on Apache generating station. Voted against the potential carbon tax in 2018.

Sinema: Mixed. Supports limits & opposed condemning Obama Clean Power plan, but raised issues about impact on Apache & opposed potential carbon tax.

Q: Renewable Energy: Support government subsidies for renewable energy?

McSally: Unclear. Supports new technologies, but led by private sector.

Sinema: Yes. Supports government funding to develop renewable energy.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Arizona Senate race Oct 9, 2018

Deedra Abboud: Prioritize green energy

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

A: Strongly Support

Source: OnTheIssues interview of 2018 Arizona Senate candidate Mar 5, 2018

Doug Marks: Fiscal irresponsibility to prop up green energy

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

A: No, it is a fiscal irresponsibility to prop this industry up with the sweat and labor of the citizens

Source: OnTheIssues interview of 2018 Arizona Senate candidate Mar 5, 2018

Debbie Lesko: Most of global warming is not caused by humans

The host asked, "2016 was earth's hottest year on record; 2017 was the 2nd hottest; 9 of the 10 hottest years in Phoenix have happened since 2002. Show of hands--do you believe in human-caused climate change?"

Not a single Republican hand went up. Both Democrats raised their hands. Lesko answered, "Is some of it, maybe, human-caused? Possibly. But certainly not the majority of it. I think it just goes through cycles and it has to do a lot with the sun. So no, I'm not a global warming proponent."

Source: Arizona Republic on 2018 Arizona 8th District House race Jan 30, 2018

Mark Kelly: Trump withdrawal from Paris Accords sets back U.S. progress

This year has been an unequivocal disaster for the future of the planet. President Donald Trump has managed to take a wrecking ball to years' worth of hard work and painstaking negotiations. If not undone, our retreat from the Paris Climate Accords and the EPA's Clean Power Plan alone mean our planet's temperature will rise at a greater rate and our citizen's health will degrade. Other changes in environmental regulations on drilling and auto and appliance efficiency will only make matters worse.
Source: CNN coverage/(OpEd by candidate) on 2020 Arizona Senate race Dec 27, 2017

David Garcia: Make solar a priority

Garcia called for attention to renewable energy and climate. He said Arizona must make solar a priority as its economic energy driver and re-train those working in the coal industry for solar jobs.
Source: Fountain Hills Times on 2018 Arizona gubernatorial race Nov 18, 2017

Steve Farley: Navajo solar grid a model for the state

The Navajo Tribal Utility Authority is now generating clean solar power to the grid at its first solar facility, in Kayenta. More solar means more jobs and less pollution for the entire state, and I'm hoping that our state's other utilities follow the lead of the Navajo Nation. There's no reason we couldn't work toward supplying the entire West with Arizona-generated energy. Forget Texas oil, it's time to power our country on Arizona sunshine.
Source: 2018 Arizona Gubernatorial website FarleyForArizona.com Sep 1, 2017

Ann Kirkpatrick: Some government action for climate change

Q: On Climate Change: Believe that human activity is the major factor driving climate change?

Kirkpatrick: Yes

McCain: Clear acknowledgement in the past, but more recently has questioned. Also voted against amendment stating that human activity causes climate change.

Q: On Climate Change: Should government limit the levels of greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere?

Kirkpatrick: Mixed. Supported some, but opposed Obama's Clean Power Plan and sought to delay new ozone standards. Acknowledges need to fight climate change and reduce carbon footprint, but environmental record mixed--wary of efforts she says could harm local economies or keep us dependent on foreign oil.

McCain: Previously yes, currently no. Voted to overturn Obama's Clean Power Plan, delay ozone standard, and prohibit carbon tax.

Source: CampusElect Voter Guide to 2016 Arizona Senate race Oct 9, 2016

John McCain: Dramatic Arctic changes might be man-made; might be natural

Q: On Climate Change: Believe that human activity is the major factor driving climate change?

Kirkpatrick: Yes

McCain: Clear acknowledgement in the past, but more recently has questioned. Historically strong support for addressing man-made climate change, but recently raised doubts, saying "There are dramatic environmental changes happening in the Arctic region--whether one believes they are man-made or natural." Also voted against amendment stating that human activity causes climate change.

Q: On Climate Change: Should government limit the levels of greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere?

Kirkpatrick: Mixed. Supported some, but opposed Obama's Clean Power Plan and sought to delay new ozone standards.

Source: CampusElect Voter Guide to 2016 Arizona Senate race Oct 9, 2016

Doug Ducey: Moratorium on new regulations; and review all existing ones

Last week, I signed an order placing a moratorium on new regulations in the executive branch. It was a good beginning, but only a beginning.

There is also the matter of many state regulations already in place, often for reasons that nobody even remembers. Our small businesses have to deal with all these little rules all the time, just because they're on the books and nobody's bothered to change them.

I'm instructing the directors of every agency to conduct a top-to-bottom review of regulations, and then to send me a list of all the ones we can do without. It's likely to be a long list. Wherever we find any regulation that is outdated, irrational, unfair, or destructive to free and honest enterprise in Arizona--that regulation will be gone.

While they're at it, agency directors will also be reducing timeframes for permits and licenses. Our government needs to operate at the speed of business. And we have a Regulatory Review Council that's stacked with lobbyists?

Source: State of the State address to 2015 Arizona Legislature Jan 12, 2015

Martha McSally: Take advantage of newly discovered oil & gas in America

I support a real "all of the above" energy strategy that takes advantage of the newly discovered oil and gas in America, puts us on a real path to energy independence, and brings the price of gas and electricity down.
Source: 2014 Arizona House campaign website, McSallyForCongress.com Nov 4, 2014

Fred DuVal: Capitalize on the growth of solar energy

Arizona has the perfect conditions to capitalize on the growth of solar energy. We have started to make the right policy decisions to take advantage of these opportunities, but they need to be pursued fully. We will retrofit state facilities with solar panels and wind turbines, and utilize compressed natural gas in state vehicles. We will bring clean energy technology up to scale by creating private-public partnerships including with the U.S. Department of Energy.
Source: 2014 Arizona gubernatorial campaign website, Fred2014.com Jul 2, 2014

Ruben Gallego: Climate change is biggest long-term issue our world faces

My generation of leaders, both in the United States and throughout the world, will be judged by what we do to curb climate change. It is the single biggest long-term issue our world faces, and we are very quickly losing our opportunity to prevent the disastrous results that will come from inaction. Climate change requires that level commitment if we're going to preserve our planet for future generations.

In the House, I will support cap and trade legislation as well as a carbon tax to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. I will also support expanded investments in clean and renewable technology, such as solar and wind power.

I know some in the business community will criticize this approach. But until we make it cheaper for businesses to reduce their carbon emissions than continue to pollute the environment, we won't be able to make the dramatic changes needed. For this reason, I am against building the Keystone XL pipeline.

Source: 2014 Arizona House campaign website, GallegoForArizona.com May 31, 2014

Kelli Ward: Research sustainable energy, but current energy sources too

Dr. Wards believes it is crucial for Arizona's long term viability to develop alternative energy sources while keeping current energy sources affordable.
Source: 2012 Arizona State Senate campaign website, DrKelliWard.com Nov 1, 2012

Jeff Flake: Opposes EPA coal plant emission rule changes

Queried about what they would do for rural Arizona, Flake blasted the emission rule changes proposed by the EPA intended to reduce haze at national parks, which would force coal plants to install new emissions controls costing more than $1.1 billion. The changes could result in the closure of the coal-fired power plant, Flake said. "Shutting down the Navajo Generating Station will be devastating" and cost thousands of jobs, he said, noting that he urged the EPA to "slow down, let's talk about this."
Source: Yuma Sun on 2012 Arizona "Rural Issues" Senate debate Oct 25, 2012

Richard Carmona: Make Arizona the solar energy capital of the world

Arizona, where we have plenty of solar resources. We should do everything we can to harness solar, wind, and other forms of clean energy. We need to refocus on technology and alternative energy. Right now, there is a $2.3 trillion global clean energy market emerging--one that can help reduce our energy dependency and create jobs right here in Arizona has shown consistent growth in these sectors in recent decades, but we need to do more. With our natural advantages, we should be the solar capital of the world--in terms of energy production, as well as innovation and manufacturing, of solar technology while decreasing our dependence on Middle East oil.
Source: 2012 Senate campaign website, carmonaforarizona.com Mar 15, 2012

Ann Marie Buerkle: Cap-and-trade is a national energy tax & destroys jobs

Energy policy is a national priority. The solution was not, is not, and never will be "cap and trade" legislation. Cap and trade is not a new idea. It has been around for decades and has been practiced in Europe to the detriment of their economies. On paper, cap and trade sounds to some like a great way to improve the environment, but its passage would have real world consequences. Cap and trade would create a new national energy tax, destroy jobs, and further damage the economy for decades to come
Source: 2008 House campaign website, kirkpatrickforarizona.com Nov 2, 2010

Jan Brewer: Bring top solar manufacturers to Arizona with tax incentives

We celebrate significant progress in establishing our foothold in the solar industry, and in advancing our competitive position in the national and global economy. Our goal is to land the top solar manufacturers in the world and we are well on our way.

I have been meeting with other large-scale manufacturers who want to come to Arizona. We can leverage our natural assets like our plentiful sunshine and land, as well as our employee base and educational community, to attract new and better jobs every day. Just as we see here today, material suppliers want to locate near-by such large manufacturers. That is sure to draw additional companies--and jobs--to Arizona.

Source: Arizona 2010 State of the State Address Jan 11, 2010

Ann Kirkpatrick: Drill on public lands; drill offshore; keep oil in US

We need a new, comprehensive energy strategy that includes drilling for American oil.

Right now, oil companies have more than 68 million acres of public land already available to be drilled. If oil companies began drilling on these 68 million acres today, they would nearly double U.S. oil production and cut oil imports from overseas by one-third.

I support drilling in new offshore regions as long as we guarantee that every drop of oil stays in the United States and is not shipped off to China.

Source: 2008 House campaign website, kirkpatrickforarizona.com Nov 4, 2008

Tom O`Halleran: Property tax incentives for small business using renewables

Senator Tom O`Halleran introduced HB 2613: AN ACT [adding to the eligibility for property tax incentives for] small manufacturing or small commercial printing businesses:
Source: Arizona legislative voting records: HB 2613 Jan 31, 2008

Jane Dee Hull: Supports cleaner burning fuels

We must do something to address cleaner burning fuels, particularly diesel. I know many in the transport industry are opposed to new fuel standards. I have a challenge for that industry: join with us to find a cheaper, cleaner and more effective solution. The health of our citizens depends on it.
Source: 2001 State of the State address to the Arizona legislature Jan 8, 2001

George W. Bush: Encourage oil exploration and more natural gas

Q: What would you do to get the price of oil down again? A: I would encourage exploration. It’s a matter of supply & demand. I would keep plans in place to say to our drillers we want you to continue exploring. I also have got great hope for the natural gas business, which is immune to OPEC and hemispheric in nature. The natural gas business is finally recovering from the foolish ways of the Jimmy Carter era when they tried to nationalize in essence the natural gas business with price fixing and demand.
Source: Phoenix Arizona GOP Debate Dec 7, 1999

George W. Bush: Wean from oil, via electric deregulation & natural gas

I did something in Texas and that’s decontrol our electricity system, to invite a different type of demand into the equation into Texas. In other words, you’re focusing on the supply side, I think we need to wean ourselves off of foreign oil and rely upon other products and in my state of Texas we’re doing that. We’ve got a huge demand for natural gas, which as you know is immune from OPEC and immune from overseas pricing controls.
Source: Phoenix Arizona GOP Debate Dec 7, 1999

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