State of Wisconsin Archives: on Energy & Oil


Tony Evers: We brought science back to the state of Wisconsin

This past year we also brought science back to the state of Wisconsin. And we acknowledged that climate change exists, and it's a threat we need to start taking seriously. Lieutenant Governor Barnes is the chair of the Climate Change Task Force, working with local governments, industry and business leaders, and people from across our state on our environment, stewardship, and sustainability--thanks, Lieutenant Governor Barnes, for your good work.
Source: 2020 Wisconsin State of the State address Jan 22, 2020

Leah Vukmir: No government subsidies for renewable energy

Q: Consider climate change a serious threat? Limit or tax production of greenhouse gases?

Tammy Baldwin (D): Yes. "Global climate change poses a growing threat to our planet, our country, our Great Lakes & Wisconsin." Reaffirmed support for Paris Accord after Trump's withdrawal.

Leah Vukmir (R): No. To Baldwin: "I'm amazed that you support government intervention to end global warming or climate change or whatever Al Gore's buzzword is these days," but not to protect "human life in the womb."

Q: Support government subsidies for renewable energy?

Tammy Baldwin (D): Strong supporter.

Leah Vukmir (R): No. Opposes.

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

Scott Walker: No measurable global warming in the last 15 or 20 years

Q: Consider climate change a serious threat? Should government limit levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere?

Tony Evers (D): Yes. "This is a real, serious threat." Challenges deniers to find another issue "where political leaders in nearly every single country" recognize this "& have been able to work together & find compromise." Early Paris Climate Accord supporter, & supports emissions regulations.

Scott Walker (R): No. "There has not been any measurable warming in the last 15 or 20 years." Sued Obama administration over emission regulations, calling them "a buzz saw to the nation's economy." Also cut budget of state scientists researching areas related to climate change.

Q: Support government subsidies for renewable energy?

Tony Evers (D): Yes. Strong supporter including state incentives.

Scott Walker (R): No. Slashed budget for major renewable energy research center.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Wisconsin Governor race Oct 9, 2018

Tammy Baldwin: Global climate change poses a growing threat

Q: Consider climate change a serious threat? Limit or tax production of greenhouse gases?

Tammy Baldwin (D): Yes. "Global climate change poses a growing threat to our planet, our country, our Great Lakes & Wisconsin." Reaffirmed support for Paris Accord after Trump's withdrawal.

Leah Vukmir (R): No. To Baldwin: "I'm amazed that you support government intervention to end global warming or climate change or whatever Al Gore's buzzword is these days," but not to protect "human life in the womb."

Q: Support government subsidies for renewable energy?

Tammy Baldwin (D): Strong supporter.

Leah Vukmir (R): No. Opposes.

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

Tony Evers: Global warming is a real, serious threat

Q: Consider climate change a serious threat? Should government limit levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere?

Tony Evers (D): Yes. "This is a real, serious threat." Challenges deniers to find another issue "where political leaders in nearly every single country" recognize this "& have been able to work together & find compromise." Early Paris Climate Accord supporter, & supports emissions regulations.

Scott Walker (R): No. "There has not been any measurable warming in the last 15 or 20 years." Sued Obama administration over emission regulations, calling them "a buzz saw to the nation's economy." Also cut budget of state scientists researching areas related to climate change.

Q: Support government subsidies for renewable energy?

Tony Evers (D): Yes. Strong supporter including state incentives.

Scott Walker (R): No. Slashed budget for major renewable energy research center.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Wisconsin Governor race Oct 9, 2018

Phil Anderson: Don't prioritize green energy

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Prioritize green energy"?

A: Oppose.

Source: OnTheIssues interview of 2018 Wisconsin Governor candidate May 18, 2018

Kelda Helen Roys: Support prioritizing green energy

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Prioritize green energy"?

A: Strongly Support

Source: OnTheIssues interview of 2018 Wisconsin Governor candidate May 5, 2018

Bob Harlow: No new pipelines; no new strip-mines

Veto all new pipeline and mining proposals: I love and respect our beautiful state and I know you do too. I also know that when we damage our natural wealth by building pipelines and strip mines, the state of Wisconsin seldom sees an uptick in jobs or any other economic benefit to justify doing so. That's why I will veto all new pipeline and mining proposals.
Source: 2018 Wisconsin Gubernatorial campaign website BobHarlow.net Mar 15, 2017

Mike Gallagher: Fight for a common-sense, all of-the-above energy policy

We need to stand firm against excessive regulations that will put Wisconsin out of business while harnessing America's energy ascendance at home and abroad. I will fight for a common-sense, all of-the-above energy policy that reduces our dependence on foreign energy, creates jobs and sparks a Midwestern manufacturing renaissance, while also protecting the environment.

As someone who works in the energy industry helping companies minimize fuel costs and emissions, I will use my private sector experience to fight for a common-sense, all of-the-above energy policy that reduces our dependence on foreign energy, creates jobs, strengthens our manufacturing base, while also protecting all of the natural beauty Wisconsin has to offer.

Source: 2016 Wisconsin House campaign website MikeForWisconsin.com Nov 8, 2016

Russell Feingold: Climate change is real and we need to address it

Q: Do you believe the role of the U.S. government should be assisting in the transition to clean renewable energy?

Russ Feingold: Climate change is real and we need to address it. I am dedicated to protecting our air, water, and public lands, and to supporting efforts to address the reality of climate change. Wisconsin's tradition of conservation is not just about protecting our environment, it's also about protecting the health and well-being of current and future generations. This work will require our state to be an active partner with the federal government to make this a plan that truly serves the people of Wisconsin.

Source: LWV's Vote411.org on 2016 Wisconsin Senate Race Sep 19, 2016

Russell Feingold: 2003 "4P": use Clean Air Act to reduce coal plant pollutants

Ron Johnson does not accept the science of climate change. His Senate website states, "Man-made global warming remains unsettled science," despite the fact that 975 of scientists agree that recent warming is very likely due to human activities. Johnson claimed sunspots are the cause of global warming.

By comparison, Feingold accepts the science and has consistently voted and spoken out for action. Feingold has said, "Climate change is real and we need to address it." In 2003 Feingold sponsored so-called "4P" legislation, which would have used the Clean Air Act to reduce four pollutants at coal-fired power plants, including carbon. Feingold opposed efforts that would have undone the EPA's endangerment finding and stopped efforts to address carbon pollution, explaining that "would have stalled our march toward energy independence through more efficient vehicles, alternative fuels and renewable energy, all of which can spur new American jobs."

Source: Huffington Post coverage of 2016 Wisconsin Senate race May 28, 2015

Scott Walker: Lawsuit against new energy regulations: save jobs & rates

Top-down regulations and mandates from the federal government get in the way of innovation and growth in Wisconsin and states like ours. Therefore, I am working with our new Attorney General to prepare a lawsuit challenging the newly proposed federal energy regulations. These proposals could have a devastating impact on Wisconsin because we are so heavily dependent on manufacturing.

According to recent reports, we could lose tens of thousands of jobs in our region, and ratepayers could see an increase of up to 29 percent. We will fight to protect Wisconsin's hard-working families.

Instead of fighting with states like Wisconsin, the federal government should work with us to find reasonable alternatives. We can be both environmentally and economically sustainable.

Source: State of the State address to 2015 Wisconsin Legislature Jan 13, 2015

Glenn Grothman: No federal subsidies for wind & solar

Q: Governments should pay to develop wind and solar energy solutions when these are not economically feasible?

GROTHMAN: Strongly Disagree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Wisconsin House race Sep 30, 2014

Glenn Grothman: Freeze the expensive renewable energy requirement

Source: 2014 Wisconsin House campaign website, GlennGrothman.com May 31, 2014

Tammy Baldwin: Government should get out of subsidies to big oil

Baldwin told the debate audience, "You've seen two very different views. I'm for the Buffett Rule and a balanced approach to move the economy forward. I want the government to get out of subsidies to big oil and corporate farms. Medicare and Social Security should be bedrock guarantees," she concluded.
Source: Madison Agri-View on 2012 Wisconsin Senate debates Oct 4, 2012

Mark Neumann: Don't mandate ethanol in gasoline

Question 1. Do you support mandating or subsidizing the use of ethanol as an additive to or a substitute for gasoline?

Mark Neumann: No

Tommy Thompson: No

Source: 2012 Wisconsin Tea Party Senate Debate Questionnaire Aug 13, 2012

Mark Neumann: Oppose cap-and-trade laws or regulations

Question 3. Will you oppose Cap and Trade and any other attempts by legislative or administrative fiat to limit carbon emissions?

Mark Neumann: Yes

Tommy Thompson: Yes

Source: 2012 Wisconsin Tea Party Senate Debate Questionnaire Aug 13, 2012

Tommy Thompson: Don't mandate ethanol in gasoline

Question 1. Do you support mandating or subsidizing the use of ethanol as an additive to or a substitute for gasoline?

Mark Neumann: No

Tommy Thompson: No

Source: 2012 Wisconsin Tea Party Senate Debate Questionnaire Aug 13, 2012

Tommy Thompson: Oppose cap-and-trade laws or regulations

Question 3. Will you oppose Cap and Trade and any other attempts by legislative or administrative fiat to limit carbon emissions?

Mark Neumann: Yes

Tommy Thompson: Yes

Source: 2012 Wisconsin Tea Party Senate Debate Questionnaire Aug 13, 2012

Leah Vukmir: Opposes funding clean energy & high-speed rail

The debate provided a rare chance to see Vukmir at a non-scripted event and on the same stage with her opponent. She has campaigned door-to-door in her district, but has mostly avoided debates, press events and interviews.

The debate questions, presented by two panelists, covered a wide range of issues, including clean energy (he's for it, she's against it), high-speed rail (he's for it, she's against it) and stronger penalties for drunk driving (he's for them, she's against them).

Source: Wisconsin Gazette on 2018 Wisconsin State Senate debate Oct 20, 2010

John Schiess: Increase production of traditional domestic energy sources

Source: Wisconsin Congressional 2008 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2008

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