State of Idaho Archives: on Energy & Oil


Paulette Jordan: Respect our land, combat corporate greed on climate change

I am a nationally recognized leader on environmental protection issues and will continue to lead the way in balanced policymaking for our future generations. I've worked hard for years, both in government and in the private sector, to protect our public lands, work toward proper management of our forests, and protect our national resources and wildlife in Idaho. We need leaders who respect our land and who are willing to combat corporate greed in order to address climate change.
Source: 2020 Idaho Senate campaign website PauletteForSenate.com Jun 29, 2020

Paulette Jordan: Cap and trade, carbon fees on table for climate change

On energy: "Legislation to mitigate climate change can be crafted," Jordan said. "Tribal governments have been leaders in best practices on this issue, policies like cap-and-trade plans or carbon fees are some solutions that have been proposed, and this crisis requires legislative and executive branches working in tandem to address this very real issue."
Source: The Idaho Press on 2020 Idaho Senate debate May 2, 2020

Nancy Harris: Supports Green New Deal as galvanizing momentum for change

Source: 2020 Idaho Senate website NancyHarrisForSenate.com Feb 5, 2020

Brad Little: Supports "cleaner, safer carbon-free nuclear energy"

One very big accomplishment that serves to protect Idaho's environment and jobs involves the nation's leading center for nuclear energy research--the Idaho National Laboratory. Our updated agreement also paves the way for more groundbreaking research at the INL. It will bring high-tech jobs to eastern Idaho and promote cleaner and safer carbon-free nuclear energy for America.
Source: 2020 Idaho State of the State address Jan 6, 2020

Paulette Jordan: Clean energy creates more jobs than fossil fuels

[On the economic cost of clean energy]: "The truth is, in fact, that we've created hundreds of thousands more jobs through clean energy developments than we have through fossil fuel developments," Jordan said. "The president is choosing to lie to the general public for these reasons, for his own sake to take from the public. Take from the people. And that is wrong."
Source: Idaho Business Review on 2018 Idaho Gubernatorial race Apr 27, 2018

Jerry Sturgill: Energy law practice: finance & privatize electric utilities

21 years ago, Jerry left [the NYC financial law firm where he was a partner] and, with his young family, returned home to Idaho so his children could be closer to their grandparents. He became a partner in the Boise office of Stoel Rives Law Firm and led its Idaho corporate practice. As a member of the firm's energy practice group, he worked on the acquisition and financing of power projects and privatized electrical utilities in Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe, South America and Australia.
Source: 2016 Idaho Senate campaign website, Sturgill4Senate.com Aug 8, 2016

Jerry Sturgill: Do more to reduce carbon emissions

Sturgill said he would focus on bringing home large budgets for federally funded programs and institutions such as Idaho National Laboratory. "I think INL is a treasure, and we should be bringing in as much as we can," he said.

Sturgill also said he thinks the country needs to do more to reduce carbon emissions in response to global climate change, and he thinks INL has a key role to play. "They are doing the research to find the kind of technology we need for clean energy," he said.

Source: Post-Register coverage of 2016 Idaho Senate race Jul 1, 2016

Marvin Pro-Life Richardson: Splitting atoms murders atoms; no nuclear power

Splitting atoms murders atoms. The result is radioactive waste that cannot be dealt with. When mankind defies natural law he gets deadly side affects. God does not split atoms. If you say the Sun is nuclear explosions, then why is sunlight not deadly like radioactive waste. Man poisons himself everyday by refining and concentrating the elements of the earth in defiance of natural law.
Source: 2016 Idaho Senate campaign website ProLifeIdaho.com Mar 15, 2016

Butch Otter: Clean energy leadership helps economic development

Preserving Idaho's water is crucial to our continued economic growth and prosperity. Our renewable and "green" hydroelectric resources make Idaho magnet for businesses that put a premium on environmental sustainability. Starting in November, the new Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear will provide a one-stop-shop for private developers to find federal experts and facilities to help them create safer, cleaner and more efficient reactors to reduce the emission of greenhouse gasses.
Source: 2016 State of the State speech to Idaho legislature Jan 11, 2016

Nels Mitchell: Oil & gas industries get huge subsidies despite high profits

Q: Should the federal government raise taxes in order to balance the budget? Which spending cuts do you favor? Please be specific.

A: Members of the Senate and Congress spend too much time grabbing for headlines. We have a tax system that plays favorites and is inefficient. We need to make our tax system fairer and simplify it. We also need to increase transparency and eliminate waste and fraud. Federal subsidies to profitable, well-established corporations are a waste of the taxpayer's money. For instance, oil and gas industries are highly profitable, but have been getting huge subsidies from the U.S. taxpayers for almost a century. A conservative think tank recently estimated that corporate welfare in the federal budget costs taxpayers almost $100 billion a year. That's $870 for each one of America's 115 million families. The Simpson-Bowles Commission provided a good starting point for serious work on tax reform and fiscal responsibility

Source: 2014 Idaho Senate campaign website, NelsMitchellForIdaho.com Sep 1, 2014

Butch Otter: Get all nuclear waste out of Idaho by 2035

I am as committed as ever to enforcing the terms of our 1995 agreement with the federal government to get all nuclear waste out of Idaho by 2035. But the Yucca Mountain facility in Nevada may never open, leaving fulfillment of the agreement at the mercy of the feds' failure to secure a permanent waste repository. That leaves the matter of preparing for an uncertain future to us.
Source: Idaho 2013 State of the State Address Jan 7, 2013

Jim Risch: We’re running out of oil; we must drill our way through this

Risch said we’re running out of oil and we need to develop alternative energy sources, but meanwhile we need to use compressed natural gas, nuclear energy, wind power, and “drilling our way through this.”

LaRocco responded, “We could create 14,000 new jobs in Idaho just by embracing new types of energy.”

Rammell added, “I’m so sick & tired of global warming. If we continue to support this lie that global warming is going to destroy this world, we’re going to destroy our economy.”

Source: 2008 Idaho Senate Debate reported in Boise Weekly City Desk Oct 9, 2008

Larry LaRocco: Create 14,000 new jobs by embracing new types of energy

Risch said we’re running out of oil and we need to develop alternative energy sources, but meanwhile we need to use compressed natural gas, nuclear energy, wind power, and “drilling our way through this.”

LaRocco responded, “We could create 14,000 new jobs in Idaho just by embracing new types of energy.”

Rammell added, “I’m so sick & tired of global warming. If we continue to support this lie that global warming is going to destroy this world, we’re going to destroy our economy.”

Source: 2008 Idaho Senate Debate reported in Boise Weekly City Desk Oct 9, 2008

Rex Rammell: Lies about global warming will destroy our economy

Risch said we’re running out of oil and we need to develop alternative energy sources, but meanwhile we need to use compressed natural gas, nuclear energy, wind power, and “drilling our way through this.”

LaRocco responded, “We could create 14,000 new jobs in Idaho just by embracing new types of energy.”

Rammell added, “I’m so sick & tired of global warming. If we continue to support this lie that global warming is going to destroy this world, we’re going to destroy our economy.”

Source: 2008 Idaho Senate Debate reported in Boise Weekly City Desk Oct 9, 2008

Jerry Brady: Harness wind, geothermal and bio-waste

Jerry believes Idaho can lead the nation in energy independence. By conserving energy and by harnessing plentiful renewable sources right here in Idaho--like wind, geothermal and bio-waste--we can drive down the price of energy and lessen our dependence on foreign oil. Instead of building mercury emitting coal plants, Jerry will save us money by investing in energy efficient technology for our homes, farms and buildings.
Source: 2006 Gubernatorial campaign website, bradyforidaho.org Nov 7, 2006

Brad Little: Opposes requiring 2% biodiesel biodegradable fuel

Legislative Summary:A bill to provide a biodegradable fuel standard; and to provide for disclosure of biodiesel content. Legislative Outcome: Bill introduced Feb. 13; Sen. Little voted NAY; failed Senate 11-23-1, March 20.
Source: Idaho Legislative voting records on S 1393 Mar 20, 2006

Russ Fulcher: Opposes requiring 2% biodiesel biodegradable fuel

Legislative Summary:A bill to provide a biodegradable fuel standard; and to provide for disclosure of biodiesel content. Legislative Outcome: Bill introduced Feb. 13; Sen. Fulcher voted NAY; failed Senate 11-23-1, March 20.
Source: Idaho Legislative voting records on S 1393 Mar 20, 2006

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