Ken Salazar on Energy & Oil

Democratic Jr Senator (CO)


Allowed Arctic oil exploration; defends fracking

His decision to grant permits to the oil company Shell for exploitation in the Arctic sparked an outcry from various environmental organizations, who accused him of having strong ties to the mining and agribusiness business sector, although he left well spared. He is a defender of the fracking method to achieve the extraction of natural gas. He is also remembered for his role in Colorado River water management negotiations to ensure responsible use on both sides of the border.
Source: Excelsior (Mexico) on Ambassadorial Confirmation Hearing , Jun 27, 2021

Dealt with oil spill in Gulf of Mexico as Sec'y of Interior

He has devoted much of his life to public service and brings a significant portfolio of relevant experiences to the job, including working with fellow senators to craft immigration policy when he was first elected to the US Senate, being on the front line of a crisis as when he was Secretary of the Interior dealing with the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and, also in that position, previous experience negotiating with Mexico related to conservation issues along the US--Mexico border.
Source: Alamosa News on 2021 Ambassadorial Confirmation Hearing , Jun 17, 2021

Opposed Colorado initiative increasing drilling setbacks

Salazar predicted the courts would throw out a ballot initiative to increase the setback on new oil and gas wells if it won. "It is fundamentally unconstitutional," Salazar said. The measure would require new oil or gas wells be 2,500 feet or more away from homes, other buildings and bodies of water. Drillers currently must keep a distance of 500 feet from homes and 1,000 feet from schools. Salazar said the measure would represent a "takings" and greatly harm the industry.
Source: Denver Post on 2021 Ambassadorial Confirmation Hearing , Jul 26, 2018

Voted YES on tax incentives for energy production and conservation.

OnTheIssues.org Explanation:A "Cloture Motion" would end debate on the bill, and then allow a vote on passage. This motion failed (3/5ths of the Senators must vote YEA), based on objections of how the new incentives would be paid for.

Congressional Summary:A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide Tax incentives for energy production and conservation, to extend certain expiring provisions, and to provide individual income tax relief.