A: We don't live in an ideal world. We live in a country where we have the Second Amendment, which I support.
John Delaney: "I would re-enter the Paris Agreement and make the U.S. a global leader in climate policy and new energy technology. With a carbon tax and an investment in negative emissions technology, we can reduce emissions by 40 percent by 2030 and can be at net-zero carbon by 2050."
Delaney: "Yes, I have called for a fivefold increase in clean-energy research and am the only candidate calling for a massive new investment in negative emissions technology. We won't be able to get all the way to net-zero carbon without negative emissions technology taking greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere."
Delaney: "Yes, I was a lead co-sponsor of a carbon tax bill in the Congress and have made a revenue-neutral carbon tax a centerpiece of my campaign. My plan would be to tax carbon beginning at a rate of $15 per metric ton of CO2 (or equivalent) and increasing $10 each year, and return 100 percent to the taxpayers with an option to invest the dividend into a tax-advantaged savings account like a 529 or retirement account."
John Delaney: "I support vehicle emissions standards and methane limits and other measures as a backstop. Over all, the most important thing we need to do is implement a carbon tax. Based on economic/climate modeling, a carbon tax would be more effective at reducing greenhouse gas emissions than regulations. This would harness the power of the free market but have regulations as a backstop."
Q: Do you support new regulations to cut greenhouse gas emissions beyond what was in place under President Obama?
John Delaney: "I would implement a carbon tax and primarily use market forces, rather than regulations, as the way to change behavior."
Delaney: "Nuclear energy should be part of our portfolio, and I believe we need to support new development of advanced nuclear technology, but not at the expense of developing renewables."
The above quotations are from 2019 "Meet the Candidates" presidential series on NYTimes.com.
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