State of South Carolina secondary Archives: on Energy & Oil


Jaime Harrison: Green New Deal too expensive, but must reduce emissions

Harrison: Senator Graham has mentioned that he believes climate change is real. Well, that ain't good enough, if we don't do something affirmatively in order to address the issue of the climate. I think the Green New Deal is too expensive. It's become too partisan. We've got to figure a way, though, because we have to dramatically reduce carbon emissions. That is something that all of the scientists have said.
Source: 2020 South Carolina Senate debate (Rev.com transcript) Oct 3, 2020

Lindsey Graham: Green New Deal is crazy; would destroy economy

Q: Do you support the Green New Deal?

Harrison: I think the Green New Deal is too expensive. It's become too partisan. We've got to figure a way, though, because we have to dramatically reduce carbon emissions. That is something that all of the scientists have said.

Graham: I oppose the Green New Deal, because it's crazy. You're trying to eliminate all carbon fuels by 2035. It's multiple trillions of dollars. You're going to do away with cars. You're going to do away with cows in the name of saving the environment. You're going to destroy the economy. Climate change is real. I do believe in private sector solutions. I believe in the government working with the private sector. My solution to the environment is not to destroy the economy.

Source: 2020 South Carolina Senate debate (Rev.com transcript) Oct 3, 2020

Jaime Harrison: Offshore oil spill would destroy jobs, harm environment

Q: Tighten or loosen regulations over off shore drilling?

Jaime Harrison: Ban. "A spill off our beaches would destroy jobs and harm the coastal environment that makes South Carolina beautiful." Tourism supports one in 10 SC jobs.

Lindsey Graham: Unclear. "I believe South Carolina should have the ultimate say in who controls any oil and gas deposits off our coast." No clear position on whether to drill.

Source: CampusElect survey of 2020 South Carolina Senate race Sep 30, 2020

Henry McMaster: Signed SC Energy Freedom Act promoting solar power

H3659: SC Energy Freedom Act

EnergyNews.US in favor: The recently passed Energy Freedom Act supports a more resilient, clean energy future for South Carolina by supporting solar PV and battery storage technologies. The act promotes more economical systems for utility customers and requires utilities to explore the investments in solar-plus-storage generation assets.

A.C.U. in opposition: This bill contains a key provision that drives up electricity costs by expanding a program known as "net metering" which subsidizes solar producers. Under the program, utility companies are forced to purchase excess electricity from solar energy producers at above-market rates and infrastructure and delivery costs are transferred to other ratepayers.

Legislative Outcome: Passed Senate 40-0-0, Roll Call #400 on May/8/19; Passed House 103-0-20, Roll Call #669 on May/9/19; Signed by Governor Henry McMaster on May/16/19

Source: EnergyNews & A.C.U. on South Carolina voting record H3659 May 16, 2019

Nancy Mace: Supported SC Energy Freedom Act promoting solar power

H3659: SC Energy Freedom Act

EnergyNews.US in favor: The recently passed Energy Freedom Act supports a more resilient, clean energy future for South Carolina by supporting solar PV and battery storage technologies. The act promotes more economical systems for utility customers and requires utilities to explore the investments in solar-plus-storage generation assets.

A.C.U. in opposition: This bill contains a key provision that drives up electricity costs by expanding a program known as "net metering" which subsidizes solar producers. Under the program, utility companies are forced to purchase excess electricity from solar energy producers at above-market rates and infrastructure and delivery costs are transferred to other ratepayers.

Legislative Outcome: Passed Senate 40-0-0, Roll Call #400 on May/8/19; Passed House 103-0-20, Roll Call #669 on May/9/19; State Rep. Nancy Mace co-sponsor bill and voted YES; Signed by Governor Henry McMa

Source: EnergyNews & A.C.U. on South Carolina voting record H3659 May 9, 2019

Kevin Bryant: Open to exploring the risks/benefits of offshore drilling

More than 200 protesters across SC shouted their opposition to offshore drilling at the Statehouse on Tuesday. The rally preceded a federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management meeting to inform the public on plans to offer leases off the coast. Local media report that Lt. Gov. Kevin Bryant, who is running for governor, said he supports exploring for fossil fuels: "We've got to find out what's out there... Do the math. Find the risks, weigh it against the benefits, then make an informed decision."
Source: Maritime-Executive.com on 2018 South Carolina Governor race Feb 13, 2018

Henry McMaster: Oppose offshore drilling & onshore infrastructure

Every municipality along our coast has voted to oppose drilling. With offshore drilling comes the construction of onshore infrastructure--refineries, gas storage tanks, maintenance and operating facilities, trucks and traffic. We have no place to put it. It is incompatible with everything we have and do on our coast.

Oil spills, like hurricanes, can disrupt and damage a state's economy. We cannot stop hurricanes, but we can avoid oil spills. We cannot take a chance.

Source: 2018 State of the State speech to South Carolina legislature Jan 24, 2018

Thomas Dixon: Climate change is real and we must prepare for its effects

Source: 2016 South Carolina Senate campaign website DixonForSC.com Aug 8, 2016

Tim Scott: No subsidies for wind and solar

Question topic: Governments should pay to develop wind and solar energy solutions when these are not economically feasible.

Scott: Disagree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 South Carolina Senate race Sep 30, 2014

Lee Bright: No subsidies for wind and solar

Question topic: Governments should pay to develop wind and solar energy solutions when these are not economically feasible.

Bright: Strongly Disagree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 South Carolina Senate race Jul 2, 2014

Joyce Dickerson: Open the Savannah River Site nuclear reactor fuel project

Two of the Democrats seeking to challenge U.S. Sen. Tim Scott pledged Thursday to work toward completing and keeping open a multibillion-dollar nuclear reactor fuel project at Savannah River Site, saying they wouldn't support the Obama administration's plans to shutter the facility. At a televised debate, both Joyce Dickerson and Harry Pavilack said the mixed-oxide fuel project needed to proceed because of the jobs it would bring to the state.

"In South Carolina, we are badly in need of jobs," said Dickerson. "Yes, I would be working very hard, and I would not do anything to halt it." That stance is the same as one taken by many Republicans in South Carolina, including Gov. Nikki Haley.

Part of a US-Russia nonproliferation agreement to dispose of weapons-grade plutonium, the plant has been slow to attract customers for the commercial reactor fuel it will produce. It is more than three years behind its 2016 completion deadline and is billions of dollars over budget.

Source: Augusta Chronicle on 2014 South Carolina Senate race May 29, 2014

Nikki Haley: Open the Savannah River Site nuclear reactor fuel project

Two of the Democrats seeking to challenge Sen. Tim Scott pledged to work toward completing & keeping open a multibillion-dollar nuclear reactor fuel project at Savannah River Site, saying they wouldn't support the Obama administration's plans to shutter the facility.

That stance is the same as one taken by many Republicans in South Carolina, including Gov. Haley. Earlier this year, Haley mounted a lawsuit against the federal government after the administration said it planned to halt construction on the facility, citing escalating costs and delays. South Carolina ultimately dropped its challenge after the government said it would continue to fund the program through the end of the current fiscal year.

Part of a US-Russia nonproliferation agreement to dispose of weapons-grade plutonium, the plant has been slow to attract customers for the commercial reactor fuel it will produce. It is more than three years behind its 2016 completion deadline and is billions of dollars over budget.

Source: Augusta Chronicle on 2014 South Carolina governor's race May 29, 2014

Rick Wade: Head of China Operations for Green Tech Automotive

A native of Lancaster, South Carolina, Rick C. Wade is a founding partner of the Axelrod-Wade Group, a global business development firm, as well as Senior Vice President and Head of China Operations for Green Tech Automotive. A member of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), he also serves as a Senior Advisor to the Obama for America presidential campaign and the 2012 Democratic National Convention.
Source: Biography by the Univ. of South Carolina alumni association Dec 13, 2013

Lee Bright: Deal with waste, to remove obstacles to new nuclear plants

Bright believes that South Carolina has several important national interests: one specific includes the Savannah River Site and the Port of Charleston. Bright alleges that the federal government has failed "to fulfill its legal obligations under the 1982 Nuclear Waste Policy Act" which is "an ongoing obstacle to expanding additional nuclear plants." As senator, Bright will advocate completion of this project.
Source: Edgefield Advertiser on 2014 South Carolina Senate race Oct 29, 2013

Rick Wade: V.P. of GreenTech Automotive, the "green car" company

Rick Wade is an exceptionally busy man. The former Obama cabinet official helped run the president's latest campaign while simultaneously serving as a Democratic Party executive and vice president of GreenTech Automotive, the "green car" company owned by Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe. Besides Wade, the venture has attracted other high-profile political insiders: Bill Clinton appeared at a company launch party. Hillary Clinton's brother Anthony Rodham runs the firm's foreign-investor outreach. Former Republican National Committee chair and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour used a mix of grants and tax holidays to persuade McAuliffe to build GreenTech in Mississippi.
Source: Human Events magazine on 2014 South Carolina Senate race Apr 24, 2013

Herman Cain: Establish real energy independence, with existing resources

Q: A gallon of gas is now over $4. What would President Cain do to alleviate skyrocketing gas price?

A: Contrary to what Pres. Obama said, when he stated there's wasn't anything we can do in the short term. He can establish a real energy independence plan. We have all of the resources we need in this country to establish energy independence if we had the leadership. The dynamics that impact the price of oil--and ultimately the price of gasoline: Getting it out of the ground; refining and distribution; and speculators. If the world market believed that we were serious about energy independence, and we were going to utilize all of our existing resources, the speculators would stop speculating up, and they would speculate down until we got our own oil out of the ground.

Source: 2011 GOP primary debate in South Carolina May 5, 2011

Tim Pawlenty: I made a mistake in considering cap-and-trade in MN

Q: Before you signed a 2007 bill to promote renewable energy sources, you made this ad for the Environmental Defense Action Fund, saying: "If we act now, we can create thousands of new jobs in clean energy industries, before our overseas competitors beat us to it. Cap greenhouse gas pollution, now." You now say it was a dumb mistake. Were you committed to cap and trade over those years?

A: We did consider in designing a law in Minnesota that would study cap and trade. We didn't impose it. We signed up to review it, study, join with other states to look at it and we did. What I concluded subsequently is it is really a bad idea. I sent a letter to Congress about two years ago. And other times have said, I was wrong, I was a mistake and I'm sorry. It is ham fisted, it is going to be harmful to the economy. If you've got an executive position and you have been in the battle, you are going to have battle scars in your record. And that's one of mine. I just admit. I made a mistake.

Source: 2011 GOP primary debate in South Carolina May 5, 2011

Kevin Bryant: Coal, gas, oil, AND alternative fuel technology

Source: South Carolina Congressional 2008 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2008

Sam Brownback: Get more biodiesel & biofuels into system to prevent $4 gas

Q: Should Americans resign themselves to $4 a gallon gasoline?

A: Absolutely not.

Q: How would you prevent that?

A: By us getting more supply in the system through biodiesel & biofuels, like ethanol from Kansas or Iowa. Us being able to drill more at home here in the US, and we can do this in places like ANWR safely, environmentally sound, but get the supply up here. And we have to work on more conservation. My family, we have a hybrid car. In that car you can get up to 42 miles to the gallon.

Source: 2007 Republican Debate in South Carolina May 15, 2007

Tom Tancredo: Global warming could be from humans, or could be nature

Q: Do the US and Europe bear a special responsibility for global warming because we put most of the stuff up there?

A: First of all, the whole issue of global warming, for every single scientist that tells you itís happening and that itís our fault -- and theyíll stack up to here in reports -- I can stack up another group of reports that say just the opposite. I donít know whether or not we are responsible, we the human race, are responsible for global warming. It certainly could be happening, it certainly could be a natural phenomenon. If itís the latter, of course there isnít much we can do about that. If itís the former, there is something that we can do about it, and Iím all for it, and that is of course to reduce our dependence on petroleum products. If we do that, we automatically reduce the carbon emissions that people claim are causing global warming. And Iím all for doing that.

Source: 2007 Republican Debate in South Carolina May 15, 2007

Tom Tancredo: FactCheck: Global warming has dissent, but not 50-50 split

Tancredo claimed that scientific studies were equally split on the existence of global warming and whether humans are responsible. Actually, we find that an overwhelming majority of the scientific community agrees that global warming is taking place and that human activity is predominantly to blame. Most recently the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), overseen jointly by the United Nations Environment Programme and the World Meteorological Organization, released a report representing the work of 600 authors from 40 countries and 113 government representatives, saying, ďThe primary source of the increased atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide since the pre-industrial period results from fossil fuel use.Ē Itís true that there are dissenters to this consensus view. But the split is by no means 50-50 as Tancredo claimed.
Source: FactCheck on 2007 Republican Debate in South Carolina May 15, 2007

Bill Richardson: Sacrifice for Apollo-like program for renewable fuel

Q: On the first day of your administration, name the first thing that you want accomplished by the end of that 1st day.

A: The 1st day I would get us out of Iraq with diplomacy. The 2nd day, I would plan a huge initiative on making America energy independent, with an Apollo-like program to become more reliant on renewable fuels. Iíd ask the American people to sacrifice in so doing. 3rd, I would have a major initiative on climate change. 90% reduced emissions by 2050. The 4th day, I would take off

Source: 2007 South Carolina Democratic primary debate, on MSNBC Apr 26, 2007

Joe Biden: Make every automobile sold be a flex-fuel automobile

We have to make an equivalent of a Manhattan Project [on energy & climate change]. We have to fundamentally shift the way we do it. Barack and I have a bill to make sure that every automobile sold in the US is a flex-fuel automobile; every gas station in America, by the year 2009, has to have 10% of itís pumps pumping E85 ethanol.

We also have legislation in requiring we invest $100 million a year for the next couple of years in order to be able to find lithium battery technology to be able to power our cars.

We also have legislation talking about capping emissions. Cap them now; not wait. Cap them where they are now. Timeís running out.

But you have to be willing to make multi-billion dollar investments over the next 10 years and set hard goals in order to be able to get to the point where we are no longer dependent.

Source: 2007 South Carolina Democratic primary debate, on MSNBC Apr 26, 2007

John Edwards: Bold transformation to stop importing 12M bbl of oil per day

Q: Concerning the astronomical windfall of major oil companies again in the first quarter. Why is gas still on the rise?

A: Well, for a lot of reasons. Number one, is extraordinary demand in America. We use 22 million barrels of oil a day, 12 million of those are imported. Itís the reason we have to make a bold transformation from what we are doing now.

Source: 2007 South Carolina Democratic primary debate, on MSNBC Apr 26, 2007

John Edwards: Cap carbon emissions & invest in carbon sequestration

On the issue of climate change, we ought to cap carbon emissions in the United States. We ought to invest in clean alternative sources of energy. We ought to invest in carbon sequestration technology, in cold technology. A billion dollars, at least, into making sure we build the most fuel efficient vehicles on the planet. We ought to ask Americans to be patriotic about something other than war. To be willing to conserve.
Source: 2007 South Carolina Democratic primary debate, on MSNBC Apr 26, 2007

Mike Gravel: I started the nuclear critique in this country

Q: With the French system as the model, is the US woefully behind in its use of nuclear energy?

A: No, not at all. I think there had to be a maturation process. And Iím the one that started the nuclear critique in this country. And Iím also the one that brought about the Alaska pipeline by one vote in the Congress. So when you ask about the energy issues, let me just tell you....

Source: 2007 South Carolina Democratic primary debate, on MSNBC Apr 26, 2007

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