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Thursday, June 02, 2011

Mitt Romney on Environment and Energy

All Candidates

Romney advocates the development of all our energy sources, nuclear, oil, natural gas and coal.

Mitt Romney is against the Kyoto Protocol believing it will result in jobs leaving the United States.

Mitt Romney believes the world is getting warmer and that humans are contributing to that pattern. (Wash Post, 6/9/2011)

Governor Mitt Romney supports drilling in ANWR.

Romney opposes the Cape Wind offshore wind farm proposal because he believes it would be a visual detriment to Nantucket: "Nantucket is a critical location for the state, and placing wind turbines there would be detrimental."

Romney's 2004 Climate Protection Plan: Some of the plan’s highlights include:

* The commitment of state government to “Lead by Example.” To this end, the state has completed its first inventory of the greenhouse gas emissions generated at state facilities and pledged to reduce them 25 percent by 2012, saving the state millions of dollars per year in energy bills;
* Reducing CO2 from cars through aggressive implementation of the California Low Emission Vehicle program;
* Creating partnerships with cities and towns, businesses, colleges and universities to reach climate protection targets;
* A program to assist low-income residents to upgrade old, inefficient oil burners to reduce their energy costs;
* Reducing emissions and soot from diesel vehicles, including trucks, buses, locomotives and construction equipment;
* Including carbon pollution as a criteria when making state decisions on transportation funds;
* Allowing the purchasers of clean cars to have access to the High Occupancy (HOV or carpool) lanes;
* Encouraging the construction of “green” schools and green buildings;
* Purchasing only fuel-efficient vehicles and energy efficient computers and copiers for state use to save on fuel and electricity bills for current and future taxpayers;
* Removing barriers to and encouraging the development of renewable energy;
* Improving efficiency standards to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and
* Developing an emissions banking and trading market in Massachusetts.

Environment - Full Quotes

States should be able to have their own emissions standards. (Jan 2008)

Response to Big Dig death shows how Romney handles crises. (Mar 2007)
Lit mountain with Olympic rings while placating enviro’s. (Aug 2004)
Clean environment will be a campaign theme. (Mar 2002)

Energy - Full Quotes
 
They don’t call it “America warming” but “global warming”. (Jan 2008)

Opposes McCain-Lieberman bill due to $0.50/gal. gas tax. (Jan 2008)
$20 billion package for energy research & new car technology. (Jan 2008)
Need worldwide global warming solutions; not CAFE or US tax. (Jan 2008)
Invest in new technologies to get us off of foreign oil. (Dec 2007)
Develop energy technology like nuclear or liquefied coal. (Oct 2007)
The time for true energy independence has come. (Aug 2007)
Exporting carbon emissions to China hurts US and planet. (Aug 2007)
No-regrets policy: biofuel, nuclear power, drill ANWR. (Jun 2007)
Big Oil should reinvest profits in oil refineries. (Jun 2007)
Develop alternative energy but also drill in ANWR. (Dec 2006)
Can’t become energy independent in a decade, but be on track. (Jan 2006)

(On The Issues, Myclob's Mitt Romney Encyclopedia, 2012 Presidential Candidates, Mitt Romney Central)

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