State of Arizona Archives: on Energy & Oil

David Garcia: Make solar a priority

Garcia called for attention to renewable energy and climate. He said Arizona must make solar a priority as its economic energy driver and re-train those working in the coal industry for solar jobs.
Source: Fountain Hills Times on 2018 Arizona gubernatorial race Nov 18, 2017

Steve Farley: Navajo solar grid a model for the state

The Navajo Tribal Utility Authority is now generating clean solar power to the grid at its first solar facility, in Kayenta. More solar means more jobs and less pollution for the entire state, and I'm hoping that our state's other utilities follow the lead of the Navajo Nation. There's no reason we couldn't work toward supplying the entire West with Arizona-generated energy. Forget Texas oil, it's time to power our country on Arizona sunshine.
Source: 2018 Arizona Gubernatorial website Sep 1, 2017

Ann Kirkpatrick: Some government action for climate change

Q: On Climate Change: Believe that human activity is the major factor driving climate change?

Kirkpatrick: Yes

McCain: Clear acknowledgement in the past, but more recently has questioned. Also voted against amendment stating that human activity causes climate change.

Q: On Climate Change: Should government limit the levels of greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere?

Kirkpatrick: Mixed. Supported some, but opposed Obama's Clean Power Plan and sought to delay new ozone standards. Acknowledges need to fight climate change and reduce carbon footprint, but environmental record mixed--wary of efforts she says could harm local economies or keep us dependent on foreign oil.

McCain: Previously yes, currently no. Voted to overturn Obama's Clean Power Plan, delay ozone standard, and prohibit carbon tax.

Source: CampusElect Voter Guide to 2016 Arizona Senate race Oct 9, 2016

John McCain: Dramatic Arctic changes might be man-made; might be natural

Q: On Climate Change: Believe that human activity is the major factor driving climate change?

Kirkpatrick: Yes

McCain: Clear acknowledgement in the past, but more recently has questioned. Historically strong support for addressing man-made climate change, but recently raised doubts, saying "There are dramatic environmental changes happening in the Arctic region--whether one believes they are man-made or natural." Also voted against amendment stating that human activity causes climate change.

Q: On Climate Change: Should government limit the levels of greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere?

Kirkpatrick: Mixed. Supported some, but opposed Obama's Clean Power Plan and sought to delay new ozone standards.

Source: CampusElect Voter Guide to 2016 Arizona Senate race Oct 9, 2016

Doug Ducey: Moratorium on new regulations; and review all existing ones

Last week, I signed an order placing a moratorium on new regulations in the executive branch. It was a good beginning, but only a beginning.

There is also the matter of many state regulations already in place, often for reasons that nobody even remembers. Our small businesses have to deal with all these little rules all the time, just because they're on the books and nobody's bothered to change them.

I'm instructing the directors of every agency to conduct a top-to-bottom review of regulations, and then to send me a list of all the ones we can do without. It's likely to be a long list. Wherever we find any regulation that is outdated, irrational, unfair, or destructive to free and honest enterprise in Arizona--that regulation will be gone.

While they're at it, agency directors will also be reducing timeframes for permits and licenses. Our government needs to operate at the speed of business. And we have a Regulatory Review Council that's stacked with lobbyists?

Source: State of the State address to 2015 Arizona Legislature Jan 12, 2015

Martha McSally: Take advantage of newly discovered oil & gas in America

I support a real "all of the above" energy strategy that takes advantage of the newly discovered oil and gas in America, puts us on a real path to energy independence, and brings the price of gas and electricity down.
Source: 2014 Arizona House campaign website, Nov 4, 2014

Fred DuVal: Capitalize on the growth of solar energy

Arizona has the perfect conditions to capitalize on the growth of solar energy. We have started to make the right policy decisions to take advantage of these opportunities, but they need to be pursued fully. We will retrofit state facilities with solar panels and wind turbines, and utilize compressed natural gas in state vehicles. We will bring clean energy technology up to scale by creating private-public partnerships including with the U.S. Department of Energy.
Source: 2014 Arizona gubernatorial campaign website, Jul 2, 2014

Ruben Gallego: Climate change is biggest long-term issue our world faces

My generation of leaders, both in the United States and throughout the world, will be judged by what we do to curb climate change. It is the single biggest long-term issue our world faces, and we are very quickly losing our opportunity to prevent the disastrous results that will come from inaction. Climate change requires that level commitment if we're going to preserve our planet for future generations.

In the House, I will support cap and trade legislation as well as a carbon tax to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. I will also support expanded investments in clean and renewable technology, such as solar and wind power.

I know some in the business community will criticize this approach. But until we make it cheaper for businesses to reduce their carbon emissions than continue to pollute the environment, we won't be able to make the dramatic changes needed. For this reason, I am against building the Keystone XL pipeline.

Source: 2014 Arizona House campaign website, May 31, 2014

Kelli Ward: Research sustainable energy, but current energy sources too

Dr. Wards believes it is crucial for Arizona's long term viability to develop alternative energy sources while keeping current energy sources affordable.
Source: 2012 Arizona State Senate campaign website, Nov 1, 2012

Jeff Flake: Opposes EPA coal plant emission rule changes

Queried about what they would do for rural Arizona, Flake blasted the emission rule changes proposed by the EPA intended to reduce haze at national parks, which would force coal plants to install new emissions controls costing more than $1.1 billion. The changes could result in the closure of the coal-fired power plant, Flake said. "Shutting down the Navajo Generating Station will be devastating" and cost thousands of jobs, he said, noting that he urged the EPA to "slow down, let's talk about this."
Source: Yuma Sun on 2012 Arizona "Rural Issues" Senate debate Oct 25, 2012

Richard Carmona: Make Arizona the solar energy capital of the world

Arizona, where we have plenty of solar resources. We should do everything we can to harness solar, wind, and other forms of clean energy. We need to refocus on technology and alternative energy. Right now, there is a $2.3 trillion global clean energy market emerging--one that can help reduce our energy dependency and create jobs right here in Arizona has shown consistent growth in these sectors in recent decades, but we need to do more. With our natural advantages, we should be the solar capital of the world--in terms of energy production, as well as innovation and manufacturing, of solar technology while decreasing our dependence on Middle East oil.
Source: 2012 Senate campaign website, Mar 15, 2012

Ann Marie Buerkle: Cap-and-trade is a national energy tax & destroys jobs

Energy policy is a national priority. The solution was not, is not, and never will be "cap and trade" legislation. Cap and trade is not a new idea. It has been around for decades and has been practiced in Europe to the detriment of their economies. On paper, cap and trade sounds to some like a great way to improve the environment, but its passage would have real world consequences. Cap and trade would create a new national energy tax, destroy jobs, and further damage the economy for decades to come
Source: 2008 House campaign website, Nov 2, 2010

Jan Brewer: Bring top solar manufacturers to Arizona with tax incentives

We celebrate significant progress in establishing our foothold in the solar industry, and in advancing our competitive position in the national and global economy. Our goal is to land the top solar manufacturers in the world and we are well on our way.

I have been meeting with other large-scale manufacturers who want to come to Arizona. We can leverage our natural assets like our plentiful sunshine and land, as well as our employee base and educational community, to attract new and better jobs every day. Just as we see here today, material suppliers want to locate near-by such large manufacturers. That is sure to draw additional companies--and jobs--to Arizona.

Source: Arizona 2010 State of the State Address Jan 11, 2010

Ann Kirkpatrick: Drill on public lands; drill offshore; keep oil in US

We need a new, comprehensive energy strategy that includes drilling for American oil.

Right now, oil companies have more than 68 million acres of public land already available to be drilled. If oil companies began drilling on these 68 million acres today, they would nearly double U.S. oil production and cut oil imports from overseas by one-third.

I support drilling in new offshore regions as long as we guarantee that every drop of oil stays in the United States and is not shipped off to China.

Source: 2008 House campaign website, Nov 4, 2008

Tom O`Halleran: Property tax incentives for small business using renewables

Senator Tom O`Halleran introduced HB 2613: AN ACT [adding to the eligibility for property tax incentives for] small manufacturing or small commercial printing businesses:
Source: Arizona legislative voting records: HB 2613 Jan 31, 2008

Jane Dee Hull: Supports cleaner burning fuels

We must do something to address cleaner burning fuels, particularly diesel. I know many in the transport industry are opposed to new fuel standards. I have a challenge for that industry: join with us to find a cheaper, cleaner and more effective solution. The health of our citizens depends on it.
Source: 2001 State of the State address to the Arizona legislature Jan 8, 2001

George W. Bush: Encourage oil exploration and more natural gas

Q: What would you do to get the price of oil down again? A: I would encourage exploration. It’s a matter of supply & demand. I would keep plans in place to say to our drillers we want you to continue exploring. I also have got great hope for the natural gas business, which is immune to OPEC and hemispheric in nature. The natural gas business is finally recovering from the foolish ways of the Jimmy Carter era when they tried to nationalize in essence the natural gas business with price fixing and demand.
Source: Phoenix Arizona GOP Debate Dec 7, 1999

George W. Bush: Wean from oil, via electric deregulation & natural gas

I did something in Texas and that’s decontrol our electricity system, to invite a different type of demand into the equation into Texas. In other words, you’re focusing on the supply side, I think we need to wean ourselves off of foreign oil and rely upon other products and in my state of Texas we’re doing that. We’ve got a huge demand for natural gas, which as you know is immune from OPEC and immune from overseas pricing controls.
Source: Phoenix Arizona GOP Debate Dec 7, 1999

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