Jon Huntsman on Energy & Oil

Republican UT Governor

Energy subsidies don't work & we can no longer afford them

Q: In Utah, you offered millions in tax credits to promote clean energy. How is that different from Obama giving Solyndra a $500M loan guarantee for solar panels?

A: We've learned some important lessons as this economy has spun out of control. We have learned that subsidies don't work and that we can no longer afford them. I believe that we can move toward renewable energy, but we're going to have to have a bridge product. Everybody wants to draw from the sun and draw from the wind, and I'm here to tell you that eventually that will make sense, but today the economics don't work. We need something like natural gas. It is ours, it's affordable, and we should begin the conversion process.

Q: In June you said that as president you would subsidize natural gas companies?

A: I would be willing to begin an effort, so long as there was a rapid phase-out. I do not like long-term subsidies. But if there was some sort of way to get the ball rolling with a quick phase-out, I would be in favor of that.

Source: 2011 GOP Google debate in Orlando FL , Sep 22, 2011

Wean ourselves from heroin-like addiction to foreign oil

Q: What would you do to get the economy moving forward?

HUNTSMAN: I have put forward a program that is basically patterned after what I did as governor. First and foremost, I want to reform this tax code. Second is regulatory reform, because businesses in this country are saying there's no predictability. Third, this country needs to wean itself from its heroin-like addiction to foreign oil. We need energy independence desperately in this country.

Source: 2011 GOP Tea Party debate in Tampa FL , Sep 12, 2011

Gas is $13/gal if we count cost of troop deployments

BACHMANN: [to Huntsman]: The day that President Obama took office, gasoline was $1.79 a gallon. Let's have a goal of bringing it down.

Q: Everybody would like $2 gas, but is it realistic for a president to promise that?

HUNTSMAN: Of course not. We live in the free-market economy. I'm not sure that dictating prices is going to get you anywhere. But let's face the reality of where we are. Presidential leadership [means] tell us where we think we can find that which we have and convert it into jobs and expanding our industrial base, and reminding the American people that they're not paying $4 per gallon for gas. When you add up the cost of troop deployments, when you add up the cost of keeping the sea lanes open for the importation of imported oil, the bulk and distribution and terminal costs, it's $13 a gallon. And I say the American people have had enough. We need a president who's going to provide a little bit of leadership in getting us some direction and opening up the opportunities.

Source: 2011 GOP debate in Simi Valley CA at the Reagan Library , Sep 7, 2011

Make Utah the premier destination for renewable energy

If we are going to take air quality seriously, which we must for the sake of the next generation, we must be bold; we must be visionary. Our aspirations should be nothing short of extraordinary.

Just as Wall Street is known for finance and Silicon Valley for technology, by 2012, I believe Utah can become the premier destination in America for renewable energy!

And don't tell me it can't be done! In just this past year alone, we have witnessed in Utah the opening of a solar farm, a hydroelectric plant, a wind farm and a geothermal plant. To support this energy development, innovation at our higher education campuses is running at an all-time high, like technologies that will ensure the long-term viability of our abundant natural resources. The University of Utah is now second only to MIT in commercialization of cutting-edge research.

Source: Utah 2009 State of the State address , Jan 27, 2009

Congress should cap greenhouse-gas pollution

Huntsman appeared in a new TV ad urging Congress to act on climate change. The commercial, sponsored by the conservation group Environmental Defense, says states have taken action to help reduce pollution that leads to global warming.

Huntsman appears in the 30-second commercial along with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-CA), and Gov. Brian Schweitzer (D-MT), who take turns finishing each other's statements:

Huntsman's office issued a statement: "We are already wrestling with the critical issue of greenhouse-gas emissions. This ad is an effort to encourage congressional action, which is imperative to a nationwide, comprehensive approach to clean our air and create new economic-development opportunities for our state and nation."
Source: The Salt Lake Tribune, "Huntsman appears in climate ad" , Nov 16, 2007

Lead US in alternative sources for energy and efficiency

Source: Press release, “Opposes Nuclear Waste” , Nov 17, 2003

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