Elizabeth Warren on Energy & Oil
Massachusetts Senator; former head of CFPB; Dem. Presidential Challenger
WARREN: You know, we won't let you pollute here in the US. It can't be the case that you get to produce these products and sell them in the US when you created huge carbon emissions somewhere else around the globe, because it hurts us all. What are those trade policies always driven toward? Not American workers. Not American consumers. Not American values. What have they driven toward? "Make giant multinational corporations more profitable." That's been it. They don't want to hear that we could put other restrictions on trade, that we could use trade to lift standards all around the world, that we could use trade to lift regulatory standards all around the world. And the reason for that is we have not had a government that is working on behalf of the American people. We've had a government and a trade policy that has been all about giant multinational corporations. That is corruption, and I plan to change it.
WARREN: If you're going to be spewing carbon into the air, it's your responsibility to clean it up. But I actually have a more aggressive plan: By 2028, we don't have any more new building that has any carbon footprint. By 2030, we do the same thing on vehicles, on our cars and light-duty trucks. And by 2035, we do the same thing on electric generation. That will cut 70% of the carbon that we are curren into the air.
Q: What about nuclear energy to help replace fossil fuels?
WARREN: It's not carbon-based, but the problem is it's got a lot of risks associated with it, particularly the risks associated with the spent fuel rods that nobody can figure out how we're going to store these things for the next bazillion years. In my administration, we're not going to build any new nuclear power plants and are going to start weaning ourselves off nuclear energy and replacing it with renewable
Warren: "I believe we need to return to the Paris climate accord, and then we need to build on it. We need to do far more to reduce global emissions, but we can only do that when we're leading from the front."
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?
Warren: "I have strongly opposed the Trump administration's efforts to roll back the Clean Power Plan and other Obama-era methane limits and vehicle emission standards. As president, I would reverse these rollbacks."
Q: Do you support a national renewable energy standard?
Warren: "I am an original cosponsor of the Green New Deal resolution, which commits the United States to meet 100 percent of our power demand through clean, renewable and zero-emission energy sources."
Warren: "I oppose subsidies for fossil fuel companies and have spoken out repeatedly against the influence that Big Oil and carbon-based industries wield in Washington. My Climate Risk Disclosure Act would require companies to disclose their greenhouse gas emissions and price their exposure to climate risk into their valuations, raising public awareness of how dependent companies are on fossil fuels and using market forces to speed the transition to clean energy."
Q: Do you support increasing federal funding for clean-energy research?
A: Ms. Warren's campaign did not answer this question, but she wrote on Facebook, "We need to invest in clean energy."
Q: Do you think nuclear energy should be part of the U.S.'s decarbonizing toolbox?
A: Ms. Warren's campaign did not answer this question.
Three candidates have made firm climate-forward commitments, issuing their support for the Green New Deal, vowing to keep fossil fuels in the ground and banning donations from Big Oil.
But I wasn't the only one under attack: an environmental group had already gone after Scott Brown for his votes supporting Big Oil.
The League of Conservation Voters made a $1.9 million ad buy in the Boston media market in late October 2011, criticizing Brown for his vote to support Big Oil.
Expressing the sense of Congress that the United States should establish a national goal of more than 50 percent clean and carbon free electricity by 2030 for the purposes of avoiding the worst impacts of climate change, growing our economy, increasing our shared prosperity, improving public health, and preserving our national security.
This resolution calls for the creation of a Green New Deal with the goals of:
Opposing argument from the Cato Institute, 2/24/2019: While reasonable people can disagree on some aspects of the Green New Deal's proposals, one fact is uncontroversial: the US cannot afford them. The Green New Deal would likely cost upwards of $6.6 trillion per year. The federal government should look for cheaper ways to address problems like climate change. Instead of the Green New Deal, the federal government could adopt a revenue??neutral carbon tax to decrease emissions without exacerbating the fiscal imbalance. Economists from across the political spectrum support carbon taxation as the most cost??effective way to address climate change. And a carbon tax would be most effective if uniformly adopted by other countries, too.
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