Pete Buttigieg on Energy & Oil
Democratic Presidential Challenger; IN Mayor
Pete Buttigieg on Fossil Fuels vs. Renewable Energy: Ban fracking. 11 CANDIDATES HAVE SIMILAR VIEWS: Cory Booker; Bill de Blasio; Tulsi Gabbard; Kirsten Gillibrand; Jay Inslee; Wayne Messam; Bernard Sanders; Thomas Steyer; Eric Swalwell;
Elizabeth Warren; Marianne Williamson.
The rise of fracking has enabled energy companies to produce vast amounts of oil and gas from shale rock formations, but the process remains controversial because of the use of chemicals to crack the rock.
Source: Politico "2020Dems on the Issues"
, Jul 17, 2019
Pittsburgh Summit instead of Paris Summit
Rural America can be part of the solution instead of being told they're part of the problem. With the right kind of soil management and investments, rural America could be a huge part of how we get this done.
We've got to look to the leadership of those networks of mayors in cities from around the world. We should have a Pittsburgh summit where we bring them together, as well as rejoining the Paris [accords].
Source: June Democratic Primary debate (second night in Miami)
, Jun 27, 2019
Money from carbon tax should go to American families
Buttigieg said he supports a [carbon] tax but advocates for returning the money generated by the fee to
American families--a scheme favored by some Republicans.
Source: Mother Jones magazine on "2020 Dems on Climate Change"
, Apr 20, 2019
Institute carbon tax, to capture the true cost of things
Q: As president, would you keep the U.S. in the Paris Agreement and commit to more ambitious targets in 2020?
Q: Do you support a federal carbon tax?
A: "We're going to have to contemplate a carbon tax. And there are ways to do it that
most Americans would be better off fiscally, because we could return it right back to the American people, but in so doing would help capture the true cost of things that are happening right now, because it's in your and my lifetime that that cost is
going to be paid one way or the other." At a rally in Iowa, he said definitively, "We're going to have to have a carbon tax."
Q: Would you restore Obama-era climate change regulations that the Trump administration has reversed, like the Clean Power
Plan, methane limits and vehicle emissions standards?
Q: Do you support increasing federal funding for clean-energy research?
Source: 2019 "Meet the Candidates" (NY Times.com)
, Apr 18, 2019
Timetable on climate set by reality, not by Congress
I'm thinking about what the world's going to look like in 2054 when I get to the current age of the current president. And if we don't act aggressively and immediately on climate, it's not going to be a pretty picture.
If we can't do carbon free, then we'll do net carbon free, which means that we're taking out as much as we're putting in. The bottom line is, scientifically, the right year to do that was yesterday. We have got to do this.
This timetable isn't being set in Congress. It's being set by reality. It's being set by science. And it's going to hit. Those deadlines are going to hit in our climate with or without us.
What the green new deal gets right is it recognizes there's also a lot of economic opportunity in this. Retrofitting building means a huge amount of jobs for the building trades in this country.
Source: Fox News Sunday 2019 interviews for 2020 Democratic primary
, Mar 19, 2019
Climate security is priority, invest in renewables
We need our expectations of 21st century security to include the concept of climate security. We've got to make sure we are reducing carbon levels at least to the kinds of commitments that were in the Paris Accord, which we should
rejoin immediately when the new president takes office. More investments in renewables are going to be needed. We're going to have to contemplate a carbon tax. There are ways to do it that most Americans would be better off fiscally.
Source: CNN Town Hall: back-to-back 2020 presidential hopefuls
, Mar 10, 2019
Supports Paris climate accord and Green New Deal
Buttigieg considers climate change˙a national security threat and a problem that will impact younger Americans and future generations. He supports every U.S. house˙becoming "net zero" consumer of energy, and is in favor of the government subsidizing
solar panels. Buttigieg was one of 407 U.S. mayors who˙signed a pact˙to adhere to the Paris climate accord after President Donald Trump pulled out of the international agreement 2017. He supports the "Green New Deal."
Source: PBS Newshour on 2020 Democratic primary
, Feb 15, 2019
Green New Deal is a framework addressing climate & jobs
I think the elegance from a policy perspective of the concept of the
Green New Deal is, it matches a sense of urgency about that problem of climate change with a sense of opportunity around what the solutions might represent.
Obviously, the Green New Deal is more of a plan than it is a fully articulated set of policies. But the idea that we need to race toward that goal and that we
should do it in a way that enhances the economic justice and the level of economic opportunity in our country, I believe that's exactly the right direction to be going in.
Source: CNN 2019 "State of the Union" on 2020 Presidential hopefuls
, Feb 10, 2019
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