Jeb Bush on Energy & Oil

Republican FL Governor; V.P. prospect


Economic growth pays for environmental clean-up

We've had a 10% reduction in carbon emissions. High growth is the path to lower carbon, and more jobs. As Governor of the State of Florida, we created the largest land purchasing programs, and environment clean-up programs because we had a growing economy. Our revenues were growing at 4.4%. It allowed for resources to be able to protect the natural system.
Source: Fox Business/WSJ Second Tier debate , Nov 10, 2015

Create a North American energy strategy

Q: Governor, you're coming out with a new energy plan this next week. How about a headline?

BUSH:ˇI think we ought to be all in on energy. We need to create a North American energy strategy, which means approve the XL Pipeline, allow for the export of crude oil and dramatically improve the licensing of LNG plants (liquefied natural gas).ˇ But it's more difficult to do.ˇExpand the possibilities of leasing on federal lands and waters, particularly where states have an interest in doing so. There's a lot that we can do to create high growth for our economy, lower utility prices and I'm total

Source: Fox News Sunday 2015 Coverage of 2016 presidential hopefuls , Sep 27, 2015

Why is State Department in permit business for XL pipeline?

Bush said it was time to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, and that he was not sure how a reluctant State Department "got into the pipeline permitting business."

The crowd capitalized on the conservative theory of why Obama had been elected president: Republicans only lost when they went easy on Democrats. "Jeb Bush is always apologizing," said one attendee. "Just recently it was over him saying that we didn't need $500 million for women's health. Hillary went after him, so he 'clarified'"

Source: Washington Post on 2015 GOP candidate RedState Gathering , Aug 8, 2015

Embrace the energy revolution and build the XL pipeline

A 4% growth strategy means you fix a convoluted tax code. You get in and you change every aspect of regulations that are job killers. You get rid of ObamaCare and replace it with something that doesn't suppress wages and kill jobs. You embrace the energy revolution in our country. This president and Hillary Clinton, who can't even say she's for the XL pipeline even after she's left? Give me a break. Of course we're for it. We should be for these things to create high sustained economic growth.
Source: Fox News/Facebook Top Ten First Tier debate transcript , Aug 6, 2015

On global warming: I'm a skeptic; I'm not a scientist

Bush, like most prominent members of the Republican Party, won't accept the science of climate change. When asked if he believed that global warming was primarily man-made, Bush claimed, "I'm a skeptic. I'm not a scientist." But as elected officials, we aren't expected to be experts on every issue. However, we are responsible for making decisions based on the best available information.

It's also not how a functioning adult acts. When I was told by my doctor that I had breast cancer, I didn't reject their diagnosis because I wasn't an oncologist myself. I listened to the advice of people who knew more than I did and started immediately on a course of action that would solve the problem. Republicans like Jeb Bush may not be scientists. But do you know who are? The more than 300 experts who compiled the third U.S. National Climate Assessment, which found that man-made climate change is detrimental to our environment. (Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Editorial, 7/2/2014)

Source: Mass IEPAC p.230, editorial by DNC Chair , Jul 2, 2014

Replace crony capitalism with free-market strategy

Bush laid out ways conservatives can advance the "American idea" that the dinner's namesake advocated. Bush advocated free market principles, especially in energy policy.

"We should let market forces, not crony capitalism, decide where to invest and how to incentivize citizens to conserve," Bush said, advocating approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, "rational" regulations on fracking, and opening federal lands to drilling. "A real energy strategy could add an additional 1% growth over the long haul.

Source: Tal Kopan on Politico.com, "Crony Capitalism" , Oct 29, 2013

A "patriotic energy policy" will yield far more revenue

Q: Would you support some kind of increase in revenues as part of a reform package?

BUSH: I wouldn't say "no, heck, no," and that's it. What I would do is advocate policies that would create high growth because the revenue collected by government when you're growing at 3.5% instead of 1.5% is exponentially more. And high growth over a sustained period of time by having a patriotic energy policy, bringing regulation to the 21st Century, immigration reform would be a good one, reforming our education system, tax policy--all those things would yield, I think, far more revenue. That should be where there's the common ground. And in return, there should be some give and take as it relates to entitlement reform. You could get to a place where our fiscal house would be in order if we achieved that. The president has not been willing to discuss that but in the last week, he's begun to at least reach out to Republicans which is quite encouraging.

Source: CBS Face the Nation 2013 series: 2016 presidential hopefuls , Mar 10, 2013

I'm a skeptic about global warming

Q: Do you believe global warming is primarily man-made?

A: I'm a skeptic. I'm not a scientist. I think the science has been politicized. I would be very wary of hollowing out our industrial base even further. It may be only partially man-made. It may not be warming by the way. The last six years we've actually had mean temperatures that are cooler. I think we need to be very cautious before we dramatically alter who we are as a nation because of it.

Source: Tucker Carlson interview of Jeb Bush in Esquire , Aug 1, 2009

We're vulnerable because we don't control our energy sources

Q: You have said that conservatives need to be involved in the discussion about alternative fuels?

A: We don't have control over our energy sources, and it puts us in a vulnerable position. We're the only country in the world that would consider it appropriate policy not to take advantage of our own natural resources to provide stable, low-cost sources of energy.

Source: Tucker Carlson interview of Jeb Bush in Esquire , Aug 1, 2009

During hurricanes, prosecutes gas stations for price gouging

In that unprecedented 2004 autumn, when 4 powerful storms slammed the state within 6 weeks, Jeb's government first immersed itself into the gasoline distribution market. One hand reached out, requesting that shipments to certain areas be given priority-- even as the other closed into a fist, threatening gas station owners who price gouged with prosecution.

When asked how it could be defined as price gouging if the hurricane in question had not struck anywhere near the service station with the higher- priced gas: "I would consider it price gouging even if it's in Alaska. It's price gouging if you are raising your price, irrespective of cost, beyond a certain threshold. The same commodity, if you buy it at X and you sell if at Y for a profit, that's great. But when you take advantage of the situation and raise prices even more, I think that's price gouging."

Just to make sure I was hearing this right, I asked what a reasonable profit would be on a gallon of gasoline. His answer: "2 or 3 cents."

Source: America's Next Bush, by S.V. Date, p.168-169 , Feb 15, 2007

2005: 125-mile no-drill zone; then 75 miles ok for drilling

In 2001, Jeb trumpeted the deal he had won to back off federal plans to permit drilling in the Eastern Gulf. In a press release, Jeb touted a new drilling moratorium that he proclaimed would protect Florida's beaches, a major source of the state's top industry, tourism: "As a result, there will be no new drilling in the Lease Sale 181 Area off the coast of Florida under my watch," Jeb announced.

In 2005, Jeb was ready to deal away half of that protected water. Instead of preventing drilling anywhere in a 200-mile-wide strip around Florida--the entire extent of the US's economic zone--Jeb was ready to give up the outer 75 miles of that in exchange for a permanent 125-mile zone that would be under state control.

Jeb argued that higher oil & gas prices made Florida's outright ban untenable--Jeb suggested acidly that he could take up such an idea with his fairy godmother--and that a permanent ban of any kind was better than a series of moratoria that could eventually end.

Source: America's Next Bush, by S.V. Date, p.365-366 , Feb 15, 2007

Eliminate automobile emissions testing

Source: Approval notification on Senate Bill 772 , Jun 14, 2000

Voluntary partnerships reduce greenhouse gases economically.

Bush 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.

Bush 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

More funding to develop domestic energy supplies.

Bush signed the Southern Governors' Association resolution:

Source: Resolution of Southern Governor's Assn. on Energy Policy 01-SGA11 on Sep 9, 2001

Use federal funds for nuclear cleanup, with state input.

Bush signed the Southern Governors' Association resolution:

Source: Resolution of Southern Governor's Assn. on Energy Policy 01-SGA13 on Sep 9, 2001

Share offshore oil development revenue with states.

Bush signed the Southern Governors' Association resolution:

Source: Resolution of Southern Governor's Association on OCS 01-SGA2 on Sep 9, 2001

Set goal of 25% renewable energy by 2025.

Bush 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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