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Beto O`Rourke on Energy & Oil

Democratic candidate for President; Texas Senator nominee

 


Net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, but allow drilling

He proposed an aggressive, detailed $5 trillion plan to address climate change, calling it the "greatest threat we face." It aims for net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. O'Rourke has opposed legislation that would prevent drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico.
Source: Axios.com "What you need to know about 2020" , Apr 29, 2019

Return to Paris climate agreement

Source: PBS News hour on 2020 Presidential hopefuls , Mar 14, 2019

Keep planet from warming one-half degree Celsius

He would also make climate change a top priority. "Keeping the planet from warming one-half degree Celsius, for me, is the most important for humanity," he says. He supports Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal in spirit, if not every letter. "The goal of converting to 100 percent renewable energy within a decade, I love," he says. "It's ambitious. It captures your imagination."
Source: Joe Hagan in Vanity Fair on 2020 Democratic primary , Mar 13, 2019

Unprecedented action to build clean energy economy

Q: Consider climate change a serious threat?

Ted Cruz (R): No. Doesn't believe it's real. Says data disproving it is being ignored as liberals want government power over economy, energy sector & all aspects of our lives.

Beto O'Rourke (D): Yes. "Crucial now more than ever that US & world leaders act urgently to address" it. Climate change increases droughts, wildfires, hurricanes, & other disasters.

Q: Climate Change: Limit or tax production of greenhouse gases? Support US participation in Paris Climate Accord despite President Trump's withdrawal?

Ted Cruz (R): Opposes regulating greenhouse gases. Paris Accord "would have destroyed $3 trillion in American GDP & killed 6.5 million industrial sector jobs by 2040."

Beto O'Rourke (D): Limit greenhouse gases. "Need to take unprecedented action" in building clean energy economy. Opposes withdrawing from Paris Accord.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Texas Senate race , Oct 9, 2018

Incentivize renewable energy

Steps we can take to promote energy and environmental reforms include enacting comprehensive energy reform that optimizes the uses of current energy sources while incentivizing the innovation of new and renewable sources of energy.
Source: 2018 Texas Senate campaign website BetoForTexas.com , Jan 1, 2018

Tackle climate change: reduce greenhouse gas emissions

I believe that in tackling climate change and the greatest environmental threat we have ever faced, we need to take unprecedented action in building a foundation for a clean energy economy. Harmful emissions that contribute to climate change also pollute our air and water. Climate change threatens our food supply, our security and the complex ecosystem that sustains humanity.

I will work with other members of the House of Representatives, the Senate and our President in helping our country put together a plan that will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions to the point where they match levels that can be absorbed by Earth's ecosystems. Educating our fellow Americans about this threat to our quality of life is important to our success, and I will do all I can to make this issue a top priority in Congress.

Source: 2012 House campaign website, betoforcongress.com, "Issues" , Nov 6, 2012

Drill for oil & gas in offshore OCS & Eastern Gulf of Mexico.

O`Rourke voted NAY Interior & Environment Agencies Appropriations

Congressional Summary: House amendment to H.R. 5538, the Interior & Environment Agencies Appropriations bill for FY 2017. This amendment would prohibit funds to be used to research, investigate, or study offshore drilling in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico Planning Area of the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).

Heritage Foundation recommends voting NO: (7/13/2016): The Gulf of Mexico continues to be a very important asset for our energy future and it continues to produce significant amounts of oil and natural gas. Yet the Eastern Gulf of Mexico has not participated to this point despite its significant potential. A 2014 Heritage Foundation report said: "Excessive regulations and bureaucratic inefficiencies have stymied oil production and prevented the full effects of the energy boom." This amendment would block any potential progress that could take place by preventing the necessary work that would need to be prepared in the East Gulf for potential lease sales and eventual production.

Sierra Club recommends voting YES: (1/12/1974): The Sierra Club believes that no offshore petroleum exploration should occur unless and until the following conditions are met:

Legislative outcome: Failed House 185 to 243 (no Senate vote).

Source: Supreme Court case 16-H5538B argued on Jul 13, 2016

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