Robert Reich on Energy & Oil

Former Secretary of Labor; Democratic Challenger MA Governor

$4 gas hurts, but we need long-term solution

Q: What�s your reaction of the Saudi�s decision to increase oil production?

A: Well, it�s great but it�s not going to solve the long-term problem because demand is outstripping supply when it comes to oil. Demand from developing countries, demand from developed countries and there�s a limited supply of oil. This is the whole point--to move the nation as rapidly as possible to wind and solar and other alternatives, renewable sources of energy, that are also not going to harm the environment.

Q: But that�s going to take a long time for all of those other sources of energy to really have an impact. People are suffering right now, $4 a gallon.

A: It is going to take some time, but even the Energy Department says that if we had more drilling here in the US, it wouldn�t be until 2030 that you real saw the results.

Source: CNN Late Edition: 2008 presidential series with Wolf Blitzer , Jun 22, 2008

Encourage low-emissions and hybrid vehicles

I�m in favor of low-emissions rules for automobiles and encouraging hybrid vehicles and I�ll explore ways of economically encouraging the purchase by consumers and businesses of fuel efficient, low emission vehicles.
Source: Campaign site RobertReich.org, �Our Environmental Heritage� , May 2, 2002

Jump-start renewable energy & reduce power-plant emissions

I want to jump-start renewable energy: I support vigorous expansion of the Renewable Energy Trust, and tough and timely regulations to accelerate the Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard.

As Governor I�ll also make sure we fully implement our power-plant emissions rules, requiring a 50 to 75 percent decline in emissions of nitrogen oxides and sulfur dioxide over the next few years, and reducing emissions of mercury and CO2.

Source: Campaign site RobertReich.org, �Our Environmental Heritage� , May 2, 2002

Other governors on Energy & Oil: Robert Reich on other issues:
MA Gubernatorial:
Deval Patrick
MA Senatorial:
John Kerry
Scott Brown

Newly seated 2010:
NJ Chris Christie
VA Bob McDonnell

Term-limited as of Jan. 2011:
AL Bob Riley
CA Arnold Schwarzenegger
GA Sonny Perdue
HI Linda Lingle
ME John Baldacci
MI Jennifer Granholm
NM Bill Richardson
OK Brad Henry
OR Ted Kulongoski
PA Ed Rendell
RI Donald Carcieri
SC Mark Sanford
SD Mike Rounds
TN Phil Bredesen
WY Dave Freudenthal
Newly Elected Nov. 2010:
AL: Robert Bentley (R)
CA: Jerry Brown (D)
CO: John Hickenlooper (D)
CT: Dan Malloy (D)
FL: Rick Scott (R)
GA: Nathan Deal (R)
HI: Neil Abercrombie (D)
IA: Terry Branstad (R)
KS: Sam Brownback (R)
ME: Paul LePage (R)
MI: Rick Snyder (R)
MN: Mark Dayton (D)
ND: Jack Dalrymple (R)
NM: Susana Martinez (R)
NV: Brian Sandoval (R)
NY: Andrew Cuomo (D)
OH: John Kasich (R)
OK: Mary Fallin (R)
PA: Tom Corbett (R)
RI: Lincoln Chafee (I)
SC: Nikki Haley (R)
SD: Dennis Daugaard (R)
TN: Bill Haslam (R)
VT: Peter Shumlin (D)
WI: Scott Walker (R)
WY: Matt Mead (R)
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