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Will work to undo fossil fuel development on public lands

Rep. Haaland has said she would work to undo public lands policies that have led to a shortsighted focus on fossil fuel development, instead expanding renewable energy production. Fossil fuels drilled and mined on public lands account for nearly one-quarter of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, and experts say addressing such development would be an important step in confronting climate change.
Source: The Wilderness Society on Biden Cabinet , Dec 19, 2020

Campaigned on climate change, backs Green New Deal

Haaland said she would be a "partner" to address the impacts of climate change and environmental injustice. She protested the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline at Standing Rock in 2016 and her first congressional campaign in 2018 was centered on climate change and environmental justice. She backs the Green New Deal to address climate change and economic inequality that is to the left of positions taken by Biden, who has nonetheless called it a "crucial framework."
Source: 19th News e-zine on 2021 Biden Cabinet , Dec 18, 2020

Anti-fracking, supports Green New Deal

The 60-year Democrat told the Guardian in 2019 that she was "wholeheartedly against fracking and drilling on public lands." Some Republicans fear her support of the Green New Deal will go further than Biden's plan to just end new fracking initiatives. "As a Native American woman who's ancestral homeland is under attack from the Fossil Fuel Industry: I 100% support a Green New Deal and a Congressional Climate Commission," she wrote in a 2018 tweet.
Source: Fox Business on Biden Cabinet: Interior Department , Dec 17, 2020

Lead the way into renewable energy era, solar and wind

New Mexico can lead the renewable energy era with massive solar and wind investments. We must move to 100% renewable energy. Wind and solar investments would create thousands of jobs for hard-working New Mexicans. Albuquerque can be the leader in hi-tech for the country. We must diversify our economy; renewable energy research, development and manufacturing, support for small businesses and development of a high-tech sector are all essential.
Source: Albuquerque Journal coverage of 2018 NM-1 House race , Oct 20, 2018

Climate change is #1 issue facing the world today

Q: What do you see as the major environmental challenge facing our country and how would you address it?

A: Climate change is the number one issue facing our country and the world today. It's time to fight for a Green New Deal that gets us to 100% renewable energy and brings with it millions of good clean energy jobs.

Source: League of Women Voters 2018 House NM-1 Questionnaire , Sep 9, 2018

PVS:Fund renewable energy like wind and solar.

Haaland supports the PVS survey question on renewable energy

Project Vote Smart inferred whether candidates agree or disagree with the statement, 'Energy & Environment: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)?' PVS self-description: "The Political Courage Test provides voters with positions on key issues. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads."

Source: PVS Survey 18PVS-18a on Aug 1, 2018

PVS:Regulate greenhouse gas emissions.

Haaland supports the PVS survey question on regulating GHGs

Project Vote Smart inferred whether candidates agree or disagree with the statement, 'Energy & Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?' PVS self-description: "The Political Courage Test provides voters with positions on key issues. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads."

Source: PVS Survey 18PVS-18b on Aug 1, 2018

Voted YES to assist rural electric renewable energy.

Haaland voted YEA Clean Economy Jobs and Innovation Act

Congressional Summary:This bill requires the Department of Energy to award grants to assist rural electric cooperatives with identifying, evaluating, and designing energy storage and microgrid projects that rely on renewable energy. (A microgrid is a group of interconnected energy resources that acts as a single controllable entity and that can disconnect from the grid to operate in island mode.)

SciPol statement in support: HR4447 would establish a microgrid grant and technical assistance program for rural electric cooperatives. Rural electric cooperatives are non-profit consumer-owned electric cooperatives that came into being in the 1930s to serve the needs of rural areas otherwise ignored by investor-owned (for-profit) utilities. Most rural electric power is still provided by rural electric co-ops.

Trump's Statement of Administration Policy (against): HR 4447 would implement a top-down approach that undermines the Administration's deregulatory agenda. HR 4447 would lead to higher energy costs and discourage innovation. It would create a "green bank" that would subsidize projects similar to wellknown failures like Solyndra. Finally, HR 4447 would interfere with our own energy destiny free from the reins of the Paris Climate Accord and international organizations that ignore the clear lessons that have led to American energy independence.

Common Dreams (against): Over 100 groups--including major environmental, climate and progressive organizations--oppose HR 4447. The heaviest burdens of the climate crisis fall on low-income communities and communities of color. "We applaud the environmental justice measures in this bill, but cannot support legislation that extends our country's reliance upon fossil fuels," said the Executive Director of the Progressive Democrats of America.

Legislative outcome: Passed House 220-185-24, Roll #206 on Sep. 24, 2020.

Source: Congressional vote 20-HR4447 on Sep 20, 2019

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