State of Arkansas Archives: on Energy & Oil

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

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

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

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

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