Tony Knowles on Energy & Oil

2004 former Democratic Challenger for Senate (AK; previously served as Governor)

Qualified support of BP-Arco merger

Three times Knowles asked Palin if she supported the Katie John subsistence decision (she never answered). Three times Palin asked Knowles if he supported the BP/Arco merger (he finally answered with a qualified yes).

After a seemingly innocuous first round, Palin put Knowles on the ropes by pummeling him with questions about the BP-Arco merger. It was her most impressive sparring of the campaign, and she won the round by sounding knowledgeable but not nasty.

Source: Alaska 2006 Governor Debate: ADN coverage of radio debate Nov 3, 2006

Include producers & all proposals in negotiating pipeline

Q: Will you limit your negotiations on the gas pipeline to the producers or will you reopen discussions with others?

KNOWLES: I would look to all of the proposals to see what is the best deal for Alaska. And there is a clear difference between Sarah an myself. This is a pivotal time. The next governor is going to have to sit down with Alaska business leaders, members of the oil and gas industry and others to negotiate an Alaska gas line on Alaska’s terms. I’ve asked Sarah what experience she has in negotiating a project and she says she doesn’t pretend to have the expertise and would hire people. Well, this is a pivotal point. Sarah has refused to meet with the executives and employees of ConocoPhillips, BP, Alyeska, with the regional CEOs of the Native corporations. I believe that we cannot afford to have a governor who is AWOL. You cannot delegate leadership.

PALIN: That is an untruthful statement. I’ve met with Exxon; with ConocoPhillips; with the BP employee group. So, that’s not true.

Source: Alaska 2006 Governor Debate: at Anchorage Rotary Oct 31, 2006

Support drilling the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

MURKOWSKI: “The key is that we have a president who will sign ANWR this time,” Murkowski said. “It’s so important not to have John Kerry in office.”

KNOWLES: Knowles, who also supports drilling in the refuge, said Republicans have failed because they have not reached across party lines--something he has promised to do throughout his campaign. “We can make great progress,” he said.

Source: AK Senate Debate in Fairbanks Daily News-Miner Oct 29, 2004

Seek ANWR through a bill that sets tougher mileage standards

MURKOWSKI: “We needed two votes in the last go-’round [of the ANWR vote]. With a Republican-led majority, you get it on the agenda. We pick up these seats. We have George Bush in office. And we get ANWR next year. That’s the strategy.”

KNOWLES: Instead of trying to push a “partisan, secret, pork-filled bill that’s now lying dead on the floor of Congress,” an Alaska senator needs to seek ANWR through a bill that also sets tougher mileage standards for cars and requires power plants to use a certain percentage of renewable fuels, he said. “That’s the balance that I believe is going to bring about the development of ANWR and the gas line,” he said.

Source: [Xref Murkowski] AK Senate Debate, in Daily News-Miner Oct 20, 2004

Let Alaska supply oil and gas

Key Alaska issues were all defeated by special interests. Knowles has called on the Senate to pass a bill that
  1. contains the necessary incentives to build the Alaska Natural Gas Pipeline
  2. opens part of ANWR for oil exploration and
  3. provides incentives to develop heavy oil in Alaska.
America needs a bipartisan energy bill that balances meaningful conservation and the development of renewable energy sources, and gives Alaska the ability to supply the oil and gas needed by the US.
Source: Campaign website, TonyKnowles.com Jun 30, 2004

Voluntary partnerships reduce greenhouse gases economically.

Knowles adopted the National Governors Association policy:

Source: NGA policy NR-11, Global Climate Change Domestic Policy 00-NGA3 on Aug 15, 2000

Kyoto Treaty must include reductions by all countries.

Knowles adopted the National Governors Association policy:

If appropriate international commitments are established and are ratified by the US, the Governors believe implementation should be allowed to be achieved through cost-effective market-based activities, which account for scientifically verifiable and accountable reductions in greenhouse gas levels regardless of where the reductions are achieved. Any multinational emissions trading program must provide a flexible and workable framework that takes full advantage of market forces and maximizes international participation.
Source: NGA policy NR-11, Climate Change International Policy 00-NGA4 on Aug 15, 2000

Federal tax incentives for energy, with state decisions.

Knowles signed the Western Governors' Association resolution:

  1. Western Governors find that states must continue to play a pivotal role in electric power decisions. Specifically:
  1. We need to pursue a national energy policy that will result in a diverse energy portfolio:
  1. Energy efficiency and conservation: At a minimum:
Source: WGA Policy Resolution 01 - 01: Energy Policy Roadmap 01-WGA01 on Aug 14, 2001

Other governors on Energy & Oil: Tony Knowles on other issues:
AK Gubernatorial:
Sean Parnell
AK Senatorial:
Lisa Murkowski
Mark Begich

Newly seated 2010:
NJ Chris Christie
VA Bob McDonnell

Term-limited as of Jan. 2011:
AL Bob Riley
CA Arnold Schwarzenegger
GA Sonny Perdue
HI Linda Lingle
ME John Baldacci
MI Jennifer Granholm
NM Bill Richardson
OK Brad Henry
OR Ted Kulongoski
PA Ed Rendell
RI Donald Carcieri
SC Mark Sanford
SD Mike Rounds
TN Phil Bredesen
WY Dave Freudenthal
Newly Elected Nov. 2010:
AL: Robert Bentley (R)
CA: Jerry Brown (D)
CO: John Hickenlooper (D)
CT: Dan Malloy (R)
FL: Rick Scott (R)
GA: Nathan Deal (R)
HI: Neil Abercrombie (D)
IA: Terry Branstad (R)
KS: Sam Brownback (R)
ME: Paul LePage (R)
MI: Rick Snyder (R)
MN: Mark Dayton (D)
ND: Jack Dalrymple (R)
NM: Susana Martinez (R)
NV: Brian Sandoval (R)
NY: Andrew Cuomo (D)
OH: John Kasich (R)
OK: Mary Fallin (R)
PA: Tom Corbett (R)
RI: Lincoln Chafee (I)
SC: Nikki Haley (R)
SD: Dennis Daugaard (R)
TN: Bill Haslam (R)
VT: Peter Shumlin (D)
WI: Scott Walker (R)
WY: Matt Mead (R)
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