John Delaney in The New York Times 2019 "Meet the Candidates" series


On Gun Control: I support the Second Amendment

Democrats have largely converged on a moderate, consensus view of gun control; we wanted to get at a deeper question of values--so we asked "In an ideal world, would anyone own handguns?" Some answers:
Source: 2019 "Meet the Candidates" (NY Times.com) Jun 18, 2019

On Gun Control: Not an ideal world, so supports Second Amendment

Q: In an ideal world, would anyone own handguns?

A: We don't live in an ideal world. We live in a country where we have the Second Amendment, which I support.

Source: 2019 "Meet the Candidates" (NY Times.com) Jun 18, 2019

On Energy & Oil: Re-enter the Paris Climate Agreement

Q: As president, would you keep the U.S. in the Paris Agreement and commit to more ambitious targets in 2020?

John Delaney: "I would re-enter the Paris Agreement and make the U.S. a global leader in climate policy and new energy technology. With a carbon tax and an investment in negative emissions technology, we can reduce emissions by 40 percent by 2030 and can be at net-zero carbon by 2050."

Source: 2019 "Meet the Candidates" (NY Times.com) Apr 18, 2019

On Energy & Oil: Fivefold increase in federal clean-energy funding

Q: Do you support increasing federal funding for clean-energy research? If so, how much money? Are there specific areas of research you're most interested in funding, and why?

Delaney: "Yes, I have called for a fivefold increase in clean-energy research and am the only candidate calling for a massive new investment in negative emissions technology. We won't be able to get all the way to net-zero carbon without negative emissions technology taking greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere."

Source: 2019 "Meet the Candidates" (NY Times.com) Apr 18, 2019

On Energy & Oil: Start carbon tax at $15 per ton of CO2, & add $10 per year

Q: Do you support a federal carbon tax? If so, at what price per ton?

Delaney: "Yes, I was a lead co-sponsor of a carbon tax bill in the Congress and have made a revenue-neutral carbon tax a centerpiece of my campaign. My plan would be to tax carbon beginning at a rate of $15 per metric ton of CO2 (or equivalent) and increasing $10 each year, and return 100 percent to the taxpayers with an option to invest the dividend into a tax-advantaged savings account like a 529 or retirement account."

Source: 2019 "Meet the Candidates" (NY Times.com) Apr 18, 2019

On Environment: Supports vehicle emissions standards and methane limits

Q: Would you restore Obama-era climate change regulations that the Trump administration has reversed, like the Clean Power Plan, methane limits and vehicle emissions standards?

John Delaney: "I support vehicle emissions standards and methane limits and other measures as a backstop. Over all, the most important thing we need to do is implement a carbon tax. Based on economic/climate modeling, a carbon tax would be more effective at reducing greenhouse gas emissions than regulations. This would harness the power of the free market but have regulations as a backstop."

Q: Do you support new regulations to cut greenhouse gas emissions beyond what was in place under President Obama?

John Delaney: "I would implement a carbon tax and primarily use market forces, rather than regulations, as the way to change behavior."

Source: 2019 "Meet the Candidates" (NY Times.com) Apr 18, 2019

On Environment: Nuclear energy should be part of our portfolio

Q: Do you think nuclear energy should be part of the U.S.'s decarbonizing toolbox? Do you support the construction of new nuclear energy plants? Providing federal support to keep existing ones online?

Delaney: "Nuclear energy should be part of our portfolio, and I believe we need to support new development of advanced nuclear technology, but not at the expense of developing renewables."

Source: 2019 "Meet the Candidates" (NY Times.com) Apr 18, 2019

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