Bill Weld on Energy & Oil

Libertarian Party nominee for Vice President; former Republican Massachusetts Governor


Would rejoin Paris accords

Weld supports rejoining the Paris climate agreement, according to Boston.com.
Source: Axios.com "What you need to know about 2020" , Apr 15, 2019

Climate change is real, must be addressed

Q: What about the Paris climate agreement?

A: I think we should rejoin the Paris climate accords and adopt percentages that are consonant with our responsibility. On the issue of climate, there is a divide between the developed nations and lesser- develop, because we've got ours." Again, that's an unattractive point of view.

Q: And the Green New Deal?

A:I've got to study that more than I have. It sounds pretty expensive, and I think some of what's coming out of the left hand of the Democratic Party is probably more than I could sit still for. But I do think that, at bottom, Europe has its monuments and its cathedrals, and we've got our mountains and our valleys and our rivers and our streams, and we better damn well take care of them.

Source: Common Dreams e-zine on 2019 CPAC, "Run Against Trump" , Mar 5, 2019

Climate change dangers are real; rejoin Paris Accords

Whether as protection of a fragile ecosystem or as stewardship of God's creation, there is a pressing need to act on climate change. The United States must rejoin the Paris climate accords, and adopt targets consonant with those of other industrialized nations. We must protect our economy, yes, but we must also recognize that increased natural disasters and unfamiliar weather patterns threaten to strip the snow from our White Mountains, and to melt all the mountain glaciers worldwide upon which hundreds of millions of people depend for their only source of water. Europe has its cathedrals and monuments; we have our mountains, canyons, valleys, rivers and streams--and we had damn well better take care of them. Our borders are safe in New Hampshire, but it is not a stretch to say that if climate change is not addressed, our coastlines and those of all other countries will over time be obliterated by storm surge and the melting of the polar ice cap.
Source: Speech in New Hampshire by 2020 presidential hopefuls , Feb 15, 2019

Carbon capture & sequestration technology for global warming

Q: Do you accept that the planet is warming, that humans have greatly contributed to the warming?

JOHNSON: Yeah, I do. But I think that the free market has really addressed this in a big way, that we as consumers are demanding less carbon emission. Coal has been bankrupted. There are just no new coal facilities that are going to be built.

Q: You can certainly do a lot by eliminating coal use, but scientists warn you have to do a lot more than that. Eventually you have to stop burning oil & natural gas-

WELD: Five years ago natural gas was everybody's darling because it wasn't oil and it wasn't coal. I'm kind of skeptical that renewables are going to be 75% of the base in terms of electricity by the year 2045. But I think there's a lot we could do. Technology could get us out of this. The missing piece was carbon capture and sequestration: if somebody figured out a way to sequester CO2 in the ocean in a way that was safe and that it wouldn't come back, that would be a breakthrough.

Source: Washington Post interview of Johnson & Weld on 2016 election , Jul 7, 2016

Carbon trading credits but no carbon tax

Q: Do you favor a carbon tax?

JOHNSON: No, I think it's an interesting idea, but I'm so indelibly a no-new-taxes guy.

Q: So how would the U.S. government meet its Paris obligations [on carbon emissions via the international conference]?

WELD: It could be trading, trading credits.

Q: Which requires setting a price on carbon, right?

WELD: Yeah, but not through a tax.

Source: Washington Post interview of Johnson & Weld on 2016 election , Jul 7, 2016

As governor, supported hybrid electric cars and natural gas

During his term as Governor, Bill deregulated the electric industry, setting a model for other US states to introduce competition and market mechanisms. He mandated the use of natural gas as fuel for government bus fleets, and was an early proponent of the development of hybrid electric vehicles.
Source: Mintz-Levin Law Firm personnel listings , Jun 6, 2016

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