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Tom Vilsack on Energy & Oil

Democratic IA Governor

 


Bio-based energy for greater independence and flexibility

In the ten years of the Renewable Fuel Standard, we have seen a remarkable reduction of emissions, equivalent to taking $124 million cars off the road. So if you're interested in rural development, you're interested in a strong American economy, you're interested in greater energy independence, you're interested in a cleaner environment, then you need to be interested in the bio-based economy.

In the past, the Pacific fleet would rely on fuel supplies that came from the Middle East. Today, we're beginning to expand an opportunity for domestically produced biofuels to fuel our jets and planes and our ships, to be able to allow for greater independence and greater flexibility.

We've recently invested in a bioprocessing facility that's taken landfill waste, agricultural waste and turning it into a drop-in aviation fuel, a fuel that is not only of interest to the Navy, but also to commercial aviation interests.

Source: Obama Cabinet: Vilsack speech at National Press Club , Oct 3, 2016

Need an energy policy tied to environmental conservation

We must also embrace the challenge that the world has given us to develop more sustainable, more renewable energy sources. We must become the renewable energy leader of the world. But we need to do more than that. We need to create an energy policy in the context of a natural resources policy that ensures that we use our land and our water appropriately. We must also continue to encourage conservation in this country. We must also lead the world in conservation.
Source: Annual 2006 Take Back America Conference , Jun 14, 2006

Supports tradable emissions permits for greenhouse gases.

Vilsack signed the manifesto, "A New Agenda for the New Decade":

Modernize Environmental Policies
National environmental policies, mostly developed in the 1970s, have been remarkably successful in improving the quality of our air and water. But we face a new set of environmental challenges for which the old strategy of centralized, command-and-control regulation is no longer effective.

The old regime of prohibitions and fines levied on polluters is not well equipped to tackle problems such as climate change, contamination of water from such sources as farm and suburban runoff, loss of open lands, and sprawl. Without relaxing our determination to maintain and enforce mandatory national standards for environmental quality, it is time to create more effective, efficient, and flexible ways of achieving those standards.

For example, a system of tradable emissions permits would give factories, power plants, and other sources of air pollution and greenhouse gases a powerful incentive not only to meet but to exceed environmental standards. Decisions about solving local environmental problems should be shifted from Washington to communities, without weakening national standards. Finally, to empower citizens and communities to make sound decisions, government should invest in improving the quality and availability of information about environmental conditions.

Source: The Hyde Park Declaration 00-DLC10 on Aug 1, 2000

Voluntary partnerships reduce greenhouse gases economically.

Vilsack 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.

Vilsack 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

Set goal of 25% renewable energy by 2025.

Vilsack endorsed setting goal of 25% renewable energy by 2025

A resolution that it is the goal of the United States that, not later than January 1, 2025, the agricultural, forestry, and working land of the US should provide from renewable resources not less than 25% of the total energy consumed and continue to produce safe, abundant, and affordable food, feed, and fiber. [Governors also signed letters of endorsement at www.25x25.org]

Rep. SALAZAR: "Our resolution establishes a national goal of producing 25% of America's energy from renewable sources--like solar, wind and biofuels--by 2025. The "25x'25" vision is widely endorsed, bold, and fully attainable. If implemented, it would dramatically improve our energy security, our economy, and our ability to protect the environment.

"I am pleased that more than 20 of my colleagues in the Senate, from both sides of the aisle, are cosponsoring this resolution. In addition, the "25x'25" vision has been endorsed by 22 current and former governors and several State legislatures across the country. The Big Three automobile manufacturers--Ford, Chrysler, and General Motors--are all behind "25x'25" So are many agricultural organizations, environmental groups, scientists, and businesses, ranging from the Natural Resources Defense Council to John Deere.

"These Americans understand that we cannot continue to import 60% of our oil from foreign countries, many of which are hostile to the US, if we aim to be strong and secure in the world. They know that we will have to build a clean energy economy if we are to reduce our dependence on foreign oil. It is time for Congress to take a more active role in our clean energy future. Establishing a national goal--"25x'25" is the first step."

Source: 25x'25 Act (S.CON.RES.3 / H.CON.RES.25) 2007-SC03 on Jan 17, 2007

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