Republican Jr Senator (PA); 2012 presidential frontrunner
Nothing the US could do will affect global warming
Q: The Senate voted this week 98 to one that climate change is not a hoax. If Rick Santorum were still in the Senate, would you have supported that?
SANTORUM: Is the climate warming? Clearly over the past 15 or 20 years the answer is yes.
The question is, number one, "does man having a significant impact on that?" And number two, and this is even more important than the first, "is there anything the United States can do about it?" And the answer is clearly, no.
Even folks who accept all of the science by the alarmists on the other side, recognize that everything that's being considered by the US will have almost--well, not almost, will have zero--impact on it given what's going on in the rest of the world.
Q: So, is your answer do nothing?
SANTORUM: Well, if it has no impact, of course do nothing. Why would you do something and with people admitting that even if you do something, it won't make a difference?
Fracking gives us enough natural gas for 100 years
In the small cities and towns of the Rust Belt, people had started to accept the inevitability of decline, but something has happened to change that.
That boom is coming from oil and gas development, made possible by hydraulic fracturing ("fracking"),
which releases oil and natural gas from shale rock formations. It turns out that the United States is the Saudi Arabia of shale rock.
Fracking has filled North Dakota with good-paying jobs and reduced that state's unemployment rate to 2.6 percent. North Dakota shouldn't be alone. There are substantial deposits of shale oil and gas in the Rust Belt states of West Virginia, New York,
Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. Even President Obama has acknowledged that there is probably enough American natural gas, in deposits such as Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale formation, to last us a hundred years.
Construct the Keystone pipeline: for jobs & energy
Liberals never want to see the words "affordable and plentiful" in the same sentence with "fossil fuels." Obama's most notorious attack on the fossil fuel industry has been his refusal to permit the construction of the Keystone pipeline, which would
transport oil from Canada and the Bakken Shale in North Dakota and create thousands of jobs. But there have been numerous other decisions that have destroyed American jobs or shipped them overseas.
His moratorium on oil production in the Gulf of Mexico after the BP oil spill turned into a "permatorium," according to the people I spoke with in Louisiana. In spite of Obama's best efforts, oil and gas production is up, but only on lands owned by
private citizens. It is down on government-owned land both on shore and off shore. This de facto moratorium is a triple whammy for the average American-fewer jobs, higher energy prices, and higher budget deficits because of lost revenue from drilling.
Out of office, I stayed in the fray to defeat cap-and-trade
PAUL: Where did Santorum make his living after [leaving the Senate]? He became a high-powered lobbyist in Washington, D.C. And he has done quite well.
SANTORUM: I was known in Washington, D.C., as a "cause guy." I care deeply about this country and
about the causes that I think are at the core of this country. When I left the US Senate, I got involved in causes that I believe in. I was asked by a health care company to be on their board of directors. Now, I don't know whether you think board of
directors are lobbyists. They're not. I also worked for a coal company. When I left the Senate, one of the big issues on the table was cap-and-trade, global warming, and I wanted to stay involved in the fray. So I contacted a local coal company from my
area, and I said, look, I want to join you in that fight. I want to work together with you. I want to help you in any way I can to make sure we defeat cap-and-trade. And so I engaged in that battle. And I'm very proud to have engaged in that battle.
No federal energy help needed; we did it on Marcellus Shale
Q: North Dakota has the largest oil discovery in a generation there. Would you favor incentives to get businesses to support this boom?
SANTORUM: No, because we have done it in Pennsylvania, the Marcellus Shale. It took a while for us to
ramp up, but we're drilling 3,000 wells. The price of natural gas, because of Marcellus Shale, has gone from $12 to $3.65. And we let the marketplace work. So, no, we didn't have the federal government come in and bail us out.
Source: 2011 CNBC GOP Primary debate in Rochester MI
, Nov 9, 2011
Sagging economy caused by stop sign on oil drilling
Q: [To Santorum]: Gov. Pawlenty laid out an economic plan in which he said you could grow the economy 5% a year. Is that too optimistic?
SANTORUM: I think we need a president who's optimistic, who has a pro-growth agenda. I'm not going to comment on
5% or 4%. What we need is an economy that's unshackled. And what's happened in this administration is that they have passed oppressive policy and oppressive regulation--Obamacare being first and foremost.
Throw on top of that what this president's done on energy. The reason we're seeing this second dip is because of energy prices, and this president has put a stop sign again--against oil drilling, against any kind of exploration offshore or in
Alaska, and that is depressing. We need to drill. We need to create energy jobs, just like we're doing, by the way, in Pennsylvania, where we're drilling 3,000 wells this year for gas, and gas prices are down--natural gas prices are down as a result.
Voted NO on disallowing an oil leasing program in Alaska's ANWR.
To remove the establishment of an oil and gas leasing program in the Alaskan Coastal Plain. The original bill allows for an oil and gas leasing program in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). Voteing YES on this amendment would remove that section, hence barring leasing in ANWR.
Voted YES on $3.1B for emergency oil assistance for hurricane-hit areas.
To provide for appropriations for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. Vote on a motion to waive the Budget Act in order to adopt an amendment that appropriates federal funds for the LIHEAP program. A 3/5th vote is required to amand a budget bi
Voted NO on reducing oil usage by 40% by 2025 (instead of 5%).
Amendment to improve the energy security of the United States and reduce United States dependence on foreign oil imports by 40% by 2025. The amendment seeks to reduce usage by 7.6 million barrels of oil a day, out of a total usage of 20 million barrels of oil a day. The bill without amendment seeks to reduce usage by 1 million barrels of oil a day. Opponents of the amendment said, "It would be disruptive of jobs if you set a 78 mile per gallon CAFÉ standard for cars, a 185-percent increase; a 60 mile per gallon standard for trucks, light trucks, a 174-percent increase. [The unamended version] is more in keeping with President Kennedy's "man on the Moon" goal. [The amended version] is a "man or woman on Mars" goal, and maybe we will get there one day, but it is unrealistic today."
Voted NO on banning drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Vote to adopt an amendment that would strike a provision in the concurrent resolution that recognizes revenue from oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). The amendment says: "To ensure that legislation that would open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, other federal lands, and the Outer Continental Shelf to oil drilling receives full consideration and debate in the Senate under regular order, rather than being fast-tracked under reconciliation procedures; to ensure that receipts from such drilling destined for the federal treasury are fairly shared with local jurisdictions; and does not occur unless prohibitions against the export of Alaskan oil are enacted."
Vote to pass a bill would overhaul the nation's energy policies, reorganize the electricity system and make available approximately $15 billion in energy-related tax incentives. It also would direct the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to establish a new CAFE standard within 15 months to two years. It would support the use of alternative energy and call for utilities to increase their dependence on renewable fuels.
Reference: Energy Policy Act of 2003;
Bill HR 6
; vote number 2003-317
on Jul 31, 2003
Voted YES on targeting 100,000 hydrogen-powered vehicles by 2010.
Dorgan Amdt. No. 865; To require that the hydrogen commercialization plan of the Department of Energy include a description of activities to support certain hydrogen technology deployment goals. Part of S 14 Energy Omnibus bill; this vote would pass an amendment that would call for the Department of Energy to set targets and timelines to maintain the production of 100,000 hydrogen-powered vehicles by 2010, and 2.5 million vehicles annually by 2020. It also would call for the department to set targets for the sale of hydrogen at fueling stations. The bill would require the Energy secretary to submit a yearly progress report to Congress.
Voted NO on removing consideration of drilling ANWR from budget bill.
Boxer Amdt. No. 272.; To prevent consideration of drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in a fast-track budget reconciliation bill. S Con Res 23 Budget resolution FY2004: Vote to pass an amendment that would strike (remove) language in the resolution that would permit oil drilling and exploration in part of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) in Alaska. [Voting No favors drilling for oil in ANWR].
Voted YES on drilling ANWR on national security grounds.
Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Murkowski Amendment No. 31323; To create jobs for Americans, to reduce dependence on foreign sources of crude oil and energy, to strengthen the economic self determination of the Inupiat Eskimos and to promote national security. Would allow gas and oil development in a portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge if the president certifies to Congress that production in the area is in the nation's security and economic interests (qwhich Prsident Bush would). If the cloture motion is agreed to, debate will be limited and a vote will occur. If the cloture motion is rejected debate could continue indefinitely and instead the bill is usually set aside. A yea vote for this bill was one in favor of drilling in the reserve. Three-fifths of the total Senate (60) is required to invoke cloture.
Voted YES on terminating CAFE standards within 15 months.
Levin Amendment No. 2997; To provide alternative provisions to better encourage increased use of alternative fueled and hybrid vehicles. Vote to pass an amendment that would remove the Corporate Average Fuel Economy standard (CAFE) and instead establish a new automobile efficiency standard in 15 months. Congress could veto any CAFE increase and would be allowed to increase the standard if no changes are made with 15 months. The bill would overhaul the nation's energy policies by restructuring the electricity system and providing for $16 billion in energy-related tax incentives.
Voted NO on ending discussion of CAFE fuel efficiency standards.
Senators Feinstein (D-CA) and Bryan (D-NV) introduced a resolution expressing the sense of the Senate towards ending CAFE Standards. Senator Gorton motioned to table this amendment. [A YES vote is considered pro-business].
Status: Amdt Rejected Y)40; N)55; NV)4
Voted YES on defunding renewable and solar energy.
In June of 1999, Senator Jeffords (R-VT) was prepared to offer an amendment which would have added $62 million to the Energy Department solar and renewable energy programs. This action was blocked by Senator Reid (D-NV).
Status: Motion Agreed to Y)60; N)39; NV)1
Reference: Motion to table the recommital;
Bill S. 1186
; vote number 1999-171
on Jun 16, 1999
Voted YES on approving a nuclear waste repository.
Approval of the interim nuclear waste repository. The repository would be located at Yucca Mountain in Nevada, with an integrated management system for storage and permanent disposal of spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste. Voting YES would authorize the President with sole and unreviewable discretion to determine the suitability of the Yucca Mountain site.
Status: Bill Passed Y)65; N)34; NV)1
Reference: Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1997;
Bill S. 104
; vote number 1997-42
on Apr 15, 1997