Julian Castro on Energy & Oil



Federally mandated price on carbon to spur renewables

Q: Do you support a federal carbon tax? If so, at what price per ton, and how do you envision the proceeds being used?

Castro: The United States needs a federally mandated price on carbon to spur private-sector investments in renewables and carbon-free energy sources. The revenue created should go towards investments in renewable energy and related technologies, including in battery technology, which would lower the carbon profile of our economy. The revenue should also be directed towards addressing the burdens many communities will bear on the impacts of climate change and from the policies that need to address climate change.

Pricing carbon is necessary but not sufficient. We need bold policies that incentivize sustainable and renewable energy and change the behavior of certain industries. Pricing carbon is an important first step in that effort.

Source: 2019 "Meet the Candidates" (NY Times.com) , Apr 18, 2019

Cut carbon emissions; invest in renewable energy

I would recommit the United States to the Paris climate accord. I like the concept of a Green New Deal. We need to invest in renewable energy. We need to drastically cut down carbon emissions. We need to convince other countries around the world to do the same thing.

I'm proud that when I was secretary of housing and urban development, we worked with housing authorities across the United States to improve their embrace of renewable energy, solar energy, other types of renewable energy.

Source: CNN Town Hall: 2020 presidential hopefuls , Apr 11, 2019

Green Jobs Leadership Council: more solar; less coal

Castro created a Green Jobs Leadership Council and voted for an incentive package to bring solar panel maker Nexolon America to the city. CPS Energy (San Antonio's publicly owned energy utility) invested $50 million in alternative energy research and signed a deal for the world's largest solar installation, approved energy efficiency upgrades to three landmarks, lured green tech companies to the city, inked a deal to build five solar plants, and pledged to close one of its coal plants by 2018.
Source: Jacobin Magazine on 2020 Democratic primary contenders , Feb 15, 2019

Supported both fossil fuel and green energy

San Antonio relied on a drilling boom in the Eagle Ford Shale, an oil and natural gas basin. It contributed to the city's poor air quality. This was Castro's "new energy economy": continued investment in and promotion of oil, natural gas, and "clean coal," partnered with a movement toward alternative energy for electricity production. It was Obama's "all of the above" energy policy, but at the municipal level.
Source: Jacobin Magazine on 2020 Democratic primary contenders , Feb 15, 2019

Rejoin the Paris Climate Treaty

Source: PBS News hour on 2020 Presidential hopefuls , Jan 12, 2019

Federal funding to jumpstart green jobs

Weatherization and Green Jobs: San Antonio's municipally-owned utility, City Public Service (CPS) Energy, recently announced that it will invest $850 million as part of a comprehensive citywide weatherization, energy efficiency and conservation program: the Save for Tomorrow Energy Plan (STEP). STEP will help spur the creation new green markets and green jobs, and participants agreed that the City of San Antonio must expand and develop new green jobs training programs to align with this significant investment.
Source: City of San Antonio Mayoral press release, "Job Summit" , Jan 8, 2010

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