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Compare the Candidates
on Environment
Candidates' Positions and Views
for: U.S. President & Vice President, U.S. President
April 3, 2012 Maryland Republican Primary
Candidates positions and views on other Issues where information is available:
The report below lists the candidate responses to Environment issue questions. The responses were provided by Newt Gingrich, Jon M. Huntsman, Jr., Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Buddy Roemer, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum or were obtained from their websites. The candidates select the issues and questions for which they want to provide a response. The first link is a report of all the issues and questions made available to the candidates. Many issues and questions had no responses - links are only provided where we have information. If there are many candidates for this office, you may have to scroll down to compare all responses.
Environment Newt Gingrich - R



Website

No Running Mate Selected
Environment, a General Statement

Gingrich: Replace the Environmental Protection Agency, which has become a job-killing regulatory engine of higher energy prices, with an Environmental Solutions Agency that would use incentives and work cooperatively with local government and industry to achieve better environmental outcomes while considering the impact of federal environmental policies on job creation and the cost of energy.

Source: www.newt.org/solutions/american-energy-plan (10/31/2011)

 
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Gingrich: Replace the Environmental Protection Agency, which has become a job-killing regulatory engine of higher energy prices, with an Environmental Solutions Agency that would use incentives and work cooperatively with local government and industry to achieve better environmental outcomes while considering the impact of federal environmental policies on job creation and the cost of energy.

Source: www.newt.org/solutions/american-energy-plan (10/31/2011)

 
These are available issue topics for which there were no responses.
Global Warming, Climate Change
ANWR (Arctic National Wildlife Refuge) Oil Drilling
Environmental Regulation
Clean Air Act & Clear Skies Initiative
Clean Air Technologies
Carbon Tax
Greenhouse Gas Emission Limits
Developing World Greenhouse Emissions
Developing World and Climate Change
Environment Technology for Developing World
Tropical Deforestation
Cap-and-Trade System to Reduce Carbon Emissions
Free Market Incentives
Power Plant Emissions
Higher Gasoline Tax
Kyoto Protocol
U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
Clean Water Act and Water Quality
Clean Drinking Water
Toxic Waste
Polluter-Pays Superfund Fees
Interior Department
National Parks
National Forests and Healthy Forests Initiative
National Forest Roadless Area Conservation Act
Land, Rivers and Lakes
Factory Farms
Oceans
Tropical Rainforests
Wetlands
Invasive Species
Endangered Species
Cruelty to Animals
Recycling and Trash
Environment Jon M. Huntsman, Jr. - R



Website

No Running Mate Selected
Environment, a General Statement

Huntsman: End the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Gross Regulatory Overreach

The EPA has overplayed its hand. While the nation struggles to recover from economic turmoil, the EPA has imposed vast new rules on the nation's energy producers, crippling one of the most critically important components of economic recovery: energy supply. The following are examples of the many rules Gov. Huntsman will oppose and/or roll-back:

Ozone Standard Revision - This rule promises no clear benefits yet threatens to hinder job growth in the form of what is effectively a nationwide construction ban that benefits no one more than China.

Joint Fuel-Efficiency Rules - This rule, approved by the EPA and Department of Transportation, will bar heavy-duty vehicles from converting to natural gas, which America has an abundance of. Astonishingly, this was enacted even after the agencies concluded that "more alternative-fueled vehicles on the road would arguably displace petroleum-fueled vehicles, and thereby increase both U.S. energy and national security by reducing the nation's dependence on foreign oil."

Expedite the Environmental Permitting Process

Gov. Huntsman is committed to streamlining the process for developing new energy supplies and bringing them to market.

Source: jon2012.com/
issues/jobs-economy-regulatory-reform
(11/05/2011)

 
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Huntsman: End the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Gross Regulatory Overreach

The EPA has overplayed its hand. While the nation struggles to recover from economic turmoil, the EPA has imposed vast new rules on the nation's energy producers, crippling one of the most critically important components of economic recovery: energy supply. The following are examples of the many rules Gov. Huntsman will oppose and/or roll-back:

Ozone Standard Revision - This rule promises no clear benefits yet threatens to hinder job growth in the form of what is effectively a nationwide construction ban that benefits no one more than China.

Joint Fuel-Efficiency Rules - This rule, approved by the EPA and Department of Transportation, will bar heavy-duty vehicles from converting to natural gas, which America has an abundance of. Astonishingly, this was enacted even after the agencies concluded that "more alternative-fueled vehicles on the road would arguably displace petroleum-fueled vehicles, and thereby increase both U.S. energy and national security by reducing the nation's dependence on foreign oil."

Source: jon2012.com/
issues/jobs-economy-regulatory-reform
(11/05/2011)

 
These are available issue topics for which there were no responses.
Global Warming, Climate Change
ANWR (Arctic National Wildlife Refuge) Oil Drilling
Environmental Regulation
Clean Air Act & Clear Skies Initiative
Clean Air Technologies
Carbon Tax
Greenhouse Gas Emission Limits
Developing World Greenhouse Emissions
Developing World and Climate Change
Environment Technology for Developing World
Tropical Deforestation
Cap-and-Trade System to Reduce Carbon Emissions
Free Market Incentives
Power Plant Emissions
Higher Gasoline Tax
Kyoto Protocol
U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
Clean Water Act and Water Quality
Clean Drinking Water
Toxic Waste
Polluter-Pays Superfund Fees
Interior Department
National Parks
National Forests and Healthy Forests Initiative
National Forest Roadless Area Conservation Act
Land, Rivers and Lakes
Factory Farms
Oceans
Tropical Rainforests
Wetlands
Invasive Species
Endangered Species
Cruelty to Animals
Recycling and Trash
Environment Ron Paul - R



Website

No Running Mate Selected
Environment, a General Statement

Paul: The federal government has proven itself untrustworthy with environmental policy by facilitating polluters, subsidizing logging in the National Forests, and instituting one-size-fits-all approaches that too often discriminate against those they are intended to help.

The key to sound environmental policy is respect for private property rights. The strict enforcement of property rights corrects environmental wrongs while increasing the cost of polluting.

In a free market, no one is allowed to pollute his neighbor's land, air, or water. If your property is being damaged, you have every right to sue the polluter, and government should protect that right. After paying damages, the polluter's production and sale costs rise, making it unprofitable to continue doing business the same way. Currently, preemptive regulations and pay-to-pollute schemes favor those wealthy enough to perform the regulatory tap dance, while those who own the polluted land rarely receive a quick or just resolution to their problems.

Source: www.ronpaul2008.com (12/02/2007)

 
Global Warming, Climate Change

Paul: After additional consideration and analysis and shortly before the release of the Climategate emails in late 2009, Ron Paul identified the artificial panic around Global Warming as an elaborate hoax:

"The greatest hoax I think that has been around for many, many years if not hundreds of years has been this hoax on [...] global warming." - Ron Paul on Fox Business, Nov. 4, 2009

"[The Copenhagen treaty on climate change] can't help the economy. It has to hurt the economy and it can't possibly help the environment because they're totally off track on that. It might turn out to be one of the biggest hoaxes of all history, this whole global warming terrorism that they've been using, but we'll have to just wait and see, but it cannot be helpful. It's going to hurt everybody." - Ron Paul on the Alex Jones Show, Nov. 5, 2009

Source: www.ronpaul.com/on-the-issues/global-warming (10/31/2011)

 
National Forests and Healthy Forests Initiative

Paul: I consistently vote against using tax dollars to subsidize logging in National Forests.

Source: www.ronpaul2008.com (12/02/2007)

 
These are available issue topics for which there were no responses.
ANWR (Arctic National Wildlife Refuge) Oil Drilling
Environmental Regulation
Clean Air Act & Clear Skies Initiative
Clean Air Technologies
Carbon Tax
Greenhouse Gas Emission Limits
Developing World Greenhouse Emissions
Developing World and Climate Change
Environment Technology for Developing World
Tropical Deforestation
Cap-and-Trade System to Reduce Carbon Emissions
Free Market Incentives
Power Plant Emissions
Higher Gasoline Tax
Kyoto Protocol
U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
Clean Water Act and Water Quality
Clean Drinking Water
Toxic Waste
Polluter-Pays Superfund Fees
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Interior Department
National Parks
National Forest Roadless Area Conservation Act
Land, Rivers and Lakes
Factory Farms
Oceans
Tropical Rainforests
Wetlands
Invasive Species
Endangered Species
Cruelty to Animals
Recycling and Trash
Environment Rick Perry - R



Website

No Running Mate Selected
These are available issue topics for which there were no responses.
Environment, a General Statement
Global Warming, Climate Change
ANWR (Arctic National Wildlife Refuge) Oil Drilling
Environmental Regulation
Clean Air Act & Clear Skies Initiative
Clean Air Technologies
Carbon Tax
Greenhouse Gas Emission Limits
Developing World Greenhouse Emissions
Developing World and Climate Change
Environment Technology for Developing World
Tropical Deforestation
Cap-and-Trade System to Reduce Carbon Emissions
Free Market Incentives
Power Plant Emissions
Higher Gasoline Tax
Kyoto Protocol
U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
Clean Water Act and Water Quality
Clean Drinking Water
Toxic Waste
Polluter-Pays Superfund Fees
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Interior Department
National Parks
National Forests and Healthy Forests Initiative
National Forest Roadless Area Conservation Act
Land, Rivers and Lakes
Factory Farms
Oceans
Tropical Rainforests
Wetlands
Invasive Species
Endangered Species
Cruelty to Animals
Recycling and Trash
Environment Buddy Roemer - R



Website

No Running Mate Selected
These are available issue topics for which there were no responses.
Environment, a General Statement
Global Warming, Climate Change
ANWR (Arctic National Wildlife Refuge) Oil Drilling
Environmental Regulation
Clean Air Act & Clear Skies Initiative
Clean Air Technologies
Carbon Tax
Greenhouse Gas Emission Limits
Developing World Greenhouse Emissions
Developing World and Climate Change
Environment Technology for Developing World
Tropical Deforestation
Cap-and-Trade System to Reduce Carbon Emissions
Free Market Incentives
Power Plant Emissions
Higher Gasoline Tax
Kyoto Protocol
U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
Clean Water Act and Water Quality
Clean Drinking Water
Toxic Waste
Polluter-Pays Superfund Fees
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Interior Department
National Parks
National Forests and Healthy Forests Initiative
National Forest Roadless Area Conservation Act
Land, Rivers and Lakes
Factory Farms
Oceans
Tropical Rainforests
Wetlands
Invasive Species
Endangered Species
Cruelty to Animals
Recycling and Trash
Environment Mitt Romney - R



Website

No Running Mate Selected
Global Warming, Climate Change

Romney: I believe that climate change is occurring - the reduction in the size of global ice caps is hard to ignore. I also believe that human activity is a contributing factor. I am uncertain how much of the warming, however, is attributable to man and how much is attributable to factors out of our control... Internationally, we should work to limit the increase in emissions in global greenhouse gases, but in doing so we shouldn't put ourselves in a disadvantageous position that penalizes American jobs and economic growth.

Source: 2010 book No Apology (10/12/2012)

 
ANWR (Arctic National Wildlife Refuge) Oil Drilling

Romney: "I understand the Alaska pipeline is running less than one-third full. As president, I would push to open new opportunities for America’s energy security, onshore and offshore, especially in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. I would not have dragged my feet on exploration and development of major prospects onshore and offshore as this Administration has.

In a Romney Administration, you will find permitting reform that will help Alaska unlock its potential, statewide. The federal government should be an ally in the effort to develop more of our nation's resources, not an obstacle. We will respect the rights Alaska gained with Statehood -- including control of Alaska lands, waters, and wildlife."

Source: mittromney.com (10/12/2012)

 
Environmental Regulation

Romney: As president, Mitt Romney will eliminate the regulations promulgated in pursuit of the Obama administration's costly and ineffective anti-carbon agenda. Romney will also press Congress to reform our environmental laws to ensure that they allow for a proper assessment of their costs.

Ensure that environmental laws properly account for cost in regulatory process

Provide multi-year lead times before companies must come into compliance with onerous new environmental regulations

Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/regulation (08/07/2012)

 
Clean Air Act & Clear Skies Initiative

Romney: "I believe we should keep our air and our water clean. And that we don’t want to have pollutants that are interfering with our health and damaging the ability of our children to enjoy good health...

I think we may have made a mistake, we have made a mistake is what I believe, in saying that the EPA should regulate carbon emissions. I don’t think that was the intent of the original legislation [Clean Air Act], and I don’t think carbon is a pollutant in the sense of harming our bodies. We can agree to disagree...

My view is that the EPA getting into carbon and regulating carbon has gone beyond the original intent of the legislation. I do believe we should reduce the pollutants that harm our health."

Source: town hall event in Derry, New Hampshire (10/12/2012)

 
Clean Air Technologies

Romney: Mitt Romney is proud of the environmental progress that we have made to improve our nation’s air and water quality and supports continued progress. However, while our air and water laws have served us well over the years, he recognizes that they are significantly out of date and in need of reform.

Source: www.vote411.org (10/14/2012)

 
These are available issue topics for which there were no responses.
Environment, a General Statement
Carbon Tax
Greenhouse Gas Emission Limits
Developing World Greenhouse Emissions
Developing World and Climate Change
Environment Technology for Developing World
Tropical Deforestation
Cap-and-Trade System to Reduce Carbon Emissions
Free Market Incentives
Power Plant Emissions
Higher Gasoline Tax
Kyoto Protocol
U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
Clean Water Act and Water Quality
Clean Drinking Water
Toxic Waste
Polluter-Pays Superfund Fees
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Interior Department
National Parks
National Forests and Healthy Forests Initiative
National Forest Roadless Area Conservation Act
Land, Rivers and Lakes
Factory Farms
Oceans
Tropical Rainforests
Wetlands
Invasive Species
Endangered Species
Cruelty to Animals
Recycling and Trash
Environment Rick Santorum - R



Website

No Running Mate Selected
Environment, a General Statement

Santorum: I have supported numerous initiatives that help right the environmental wrongs of the past and preserve our natural environment. Among these initiatives is the Abandoned Mine Reclamation Program, which grants federal funds to help mining states like Pennsylvania recover land that was damaged through the mining process. I have also cosponsored several bipartisan bills to help preserve the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem. To help the industrial centers of the Commonwealth, I am proud to support legislation that provides financial assistance for brownfields revitalization. These projects have been especially beneficial to areas like Reading, Bethlehem, and Pittsburgh that have been damaged by soil and water contamination left by industrial development. Protecting our natural resources and preserving the beauty of the American wilderness for all generations to enjoy are among my priorities as your Senator.

Source: Candidate Website (10/07/2006)

 
These are available issue topics for which there were no responses.
Global Warming, Climate Change
ANWR (Arctic National Wildlife Refuge) Oil Drilling
Environmental Regulation
Clean Air Act & Clear Skies Initiative
Clean Air Technologies
Carbon Tax
Greenhouse Gas Emission Limits
Developing World Greenhouse Emissions
Developing World and Climate Change
Environment Technology for Developing World
Tropical Deforestation
Cap-and-Trade System to Reduce Carbon Emissions
Free Market Incentives
Power Plant Emissions
Higher Gasoline Tax
Kyoto Protocol
U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
Clean Water Act and Water Quality
Clean Drinking Water
Toxic Waste
Polluter-Pays Superfund Fees
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Interior Department
National Parks
National Forests and Healthy Forests Initiative
National Forest Roadless Area Conservation Act
Land, Rivers and Lakes
Factory Farms
Oceans
Tropical Rainforests
Wetlands
Invasive Species
Endangered Species
Cruelty to Animals
Recycling and Trash
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