Wondering where each of the remaining 2016 presidential candidates stands on energy and environmental issues? Here’s a quick guide, starting with the five top Republican hopefuls.
Senator Marco Rubio’s plan is to “optimize America’s resources” by empowering states and tribes to control onshore energy development within their borders. He is opposed to the cap-and-trade program, supports approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline, and wants to rewrite the Obama administration’s five-year offshore drilling plan. Rubio also is calling for swift approval of American natural gas exports and concluding TTIP negotiations without restrictions on access to U.S. energy exports.
Meanwhile, Senator Ted Cruz is calling for the adoption of an energy plan that “embraces the Great American Energy Renaissance” as a means of promoting economic prosperity. His “all-of-the-above approach” calls for approval of the Keystone Pipeline and other similar infrastructure to “empower the private sector to create good-paying American jobs,” and removing federal impediments to energy exploration, development, and trade.
Governor John Kasich’s goal is “affordable, reliable energy for growth” and energy “independence and low costs through abundance.” Kasich proposes a policy that diversifies the U.S. energy supply and leads to sourcing all our energy from North America to eliminate reliance on overseas energy. He will approve the Keystone XL pipeline to help make this happen and encourage research in new technologies such as high-capacity, long-life batteries; fuel cells; the high-efficiency “smart” electricity grid; and clean coal.
Former Governor Jeb Bush wants to lift restrictions on exports of oil and natural gas to non-Free Trade Agreement countries such as Japan, China and the European Union. He would also approve the Keystone XL Pipeline, reduce overregulation and allow willing states and tribes to develop onshore and offshore energy sources.
As for Donald Trump, he believes that climate change is “a hoax” designed to raise taxes. As President, he would seek to “cut the EPA [Environmental Protection Agency],” deregulate the oil and natural gas industries and immediately approve the Keystone XL Pipeline.
To learn more about the GOP candidates’ policy positions, visit marcorubio.com, tedcruz.org, johnkasich.co, jeb2016.com or donaldjtrump.com. In Part 2 of this series, we will review the environmental and energy positions of Democrats Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. To read it, click here.