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Andrew Gillum on Energy & Oil

 

 


Withdrawal from Paris Climate accord is reckless

Q: Consider climate change a serious threat?

Ron DeSantis (R): Mixed. "I don't know if it's because of my activity, your activity, but.we've got to deal with it."

Andrew Gillum (D): Climate change is a real & urgent threat. Transition Florida to clean energy. "We're going to put science first & work together to not only save our planet but create clean energy jobs along the way."

Q: Limit or tax production of greenhouse gases?

DeSantis: No. Voted against any potential carbon tax as negatively impacting economy.

Gillum: Yes. Sees Trump withdrawal from Paris Climate accord as "disturbingly reckless." Join Climate Alliance of states committed to fighting climate change.

Q: Government support for renewable energy?

DeSantis: No. Opposed continued wind energy subsidy, calling it "anti-competitive & economically harmful."

Gillum: Yes. "Transition Florida to clean energy as rapidly as possible." Supported renewables as Tallahassee mayor.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Florida Governor race , Oct 9, 2018

Make Florida world leader in rooftop solar energy production

Question: How would you revise the state's energy policy, including goals for renewable energy?

GILLUM: Rick Scott has been an unmitigated disaster for Florida's environment and energy innovation. Florida is the Sunshine State--that means we should be the world leader in solar energy production. Unfortunately, while our state ranks third among U.S. states for rooftop solar potential, we're only 12th for cumulative installed solar capacity. As Governor, I'll establish a renewable energy portfolio standard that harnesses all of our potential energy sources, including biomass, wind, solar, and other technologies. I'll reinvest in the solar energy rebate program that incentivized residential solar installation and created good, clean energy jobs that can't be outsourced.

Source: Miami Herald on 2018 Florida Gubernatorial race , Aug 12, 2018

Transition Florida to clean energy as rapidly as possible

Q: Would you prioritize green energy?

A: Strongly Support--Andrew believes that the best way to address the impacts of climate change is to embrace a plan to transition Florida to clean energy as rapidly as possible. Andrew believes that climate change is a real and urgent threat and that politicians, like Donald Trump, who call it a "hoax," and Governor Rick Scott, who banned the words "climate change" and "global warming," are putting us and future generations of Floridians at risk. These politicians have failed take climate change action, even as Florida has the most property at-risk in the nation. Not only does lack of action threaten the future of the planet, it also ignores an enormous economic opportunity to make the U.S. the world's leader in clean energy and to put people to work at every rung of the income ladder.

Source: OnTheIssues interview of 2018 Florida Governor candidate , Jun 15, 2018

Climate change is a real; transition to clean energy

Andrew believes that climate change is a real and urgent threat and that politicians, like Governor Rick Scott, who banned the words "climate change," are putting us and future generations of Floridians at risk.

Tallahassee has reduced its carbon emission intensity by 40%, and under Mayor Gillum's leadership, has reduced the carbon footprint of electricity users in the city by 20%. The Mayor has worked to implement and improve programs like free residential and commercial audits, low interest energy loans, and community outreach programs, as well breaking ground on the new 120 acre solar farm that will triple the City's solar energy capacity.

Andrew believes that the best way to address the impacts of climate change is to embrace a plan to transition Florida to clean energy as rapidly as possible. Achieving this goal will put us on a path to a completely clean energy economy, create thousands of new jobs in Florida, and create cleaner air and healthier families.

Source: 2018 Florida Governor campaign website AndrewGillum.com , Mar 21, 2018

Observe Paris Climate Agreement in city, if not federally.

Gillum signed the Letter from ClimateMayors.org

Statement from the Climate Mayors in Response to President Trump's Withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement: As 407 US Mayors representing 70 million Americans, we will adopt, honor, and uphold the commitments to the goals enshrined in the Paris Agreement. We will push for new action to meet the 1.5 degrees Celsius target, and work together to create a 21st century clean energy economy.

We will continue to lead. We are increasing investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency. We will buy and create more demand for electric cars and trucks. We will increase our efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions, create a clean energy economy, and stand for environmental justice. And if the President wants to break the promises made to our allies enshrined in the historic Paris Agreement, we'll build and strengthen relationships around the world to protect the planet from devastating climate risks.

Opposing argument from the Heritage Foundation, 6/1/2017: President Donald Trump has fulfilled a key campaign pledge. The Paris Agreement, which committed the U.S. to drastically reducing greenhouse gas emissions, was a truly bad deal. Here are four reasons Trump was right to withdraw.

  1. The Paris Agreement was costly and ineffective--$2.5 trillion in gross domestic product by the year 2035.
  2. The agreement wasted taxpayer money. The Obama administration ended up shipping $1 billion in taxpayer dollars to corrupt governments, not those who actually need it.
  3. Withdrawal is a demonstration of leadership. The media is making a big to-do about the fact that the only countries not participating in the Paris Agreement are Syria and Nicaragua. But misery loves company, including North Korea and Iran, who are signatories of the deal.
  4. Withdrawal is good for American energy competitiveness. The best way for American energy companies to be competitive is to be innovative, not build their business models around international agreements.
    Source: Statement from 407 US Mayors on ClimateMayors.org 19-LTR-CM on Apr 15, 2019

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