Michele Bachmann on Energy and the Environment

Last Updated : Dec 10, 2011

Summary

Congresswoman Bachmann does not believe in man-made global warming. She has referred to global warming as a hoax, called for more investigation, and noted that the gases being pointed at as contributing to global warming are natural byproducts. 

In 2006, Congresswoman Bachmann stated during a debate that in the 1970's the concern among scientists was global cooling and it has not been established that global warmin is occuring. She stated that we needed to focus more on the science and less on policy. By 2008, Congresswoman Bachmann was calling global warming an outright hoax. She has co-sponsored legislation to prohibit US contributions to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and the Free Industry Act to remove carbon dioxide, water vapor, and other items from the definition of air pollutant.

Congresswoman Bachmann strongly opposes cap-and-trade programs, which she refers to as "cap-and-tax." She has stated that cap-and-trade is an energy tax that will not only cripple the US manufacturing sector and destroy our economic recovery, but it will harm families, small businesses, family farms, and individuals alike. Congresswoman Bachmann has asserted that placing the cap-and-trade restrictions on US businesses would raise costs and drive business overseas, amounting to a stimulus plan for China and India without any environmental benefits.

In addition to cap-and-trade programs, Congresswomam Bachmann also opposes attempts by the EPA to regulate carbon dioxide emissions through a finding that carbon dioxide represents a danger. She referred to such efforts as a backdoor energy tax.

To address the energy needs of the US, Congresswoman Bachmann is an advocate for the use of all types of energy. This includes wind, solar, nuclear, coal, and oil. Congresswoman Bachmann is a strong advocate for expanded drilling, drilling in ANWR, and drilling offshore. Congresswoman Bachmann has co-sponsored and advocated for the No Cost Stimulus Act of 2009. This legislaiton would open up the outer continental shelf and ANWR to drilling and exploration. She has also co-sponsored legislation to require the President to designate portions of no less that three military institutions to be used as refineries.

While in office, Congresswoman Bachmann has voted against the cap-and-trade program and against most energy legislation. She has co-sponsored legislation to increase the area availble for drilling, and to increase refining ability.

During her 2012 Presidential campaign, Congresswoman Bachmann stated that if elected, her Presidency would see gas come below $2 per gallon. This may have been alluding to the numerous pieces of legislation that she has co-sponsored to increase energy exploration and drilling, but no specific plan has been offered. Congresswoman Bachmann's 2012 presidential campaign website states that she will end the moratorium on drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, expand energy exploration, reign in the EPA, and ensure that additional tax burden is not placed on explorers and producers.

 

Look at the Science

In June of 2006, Congresswoman Bachmann responded to a quesiton on global warming in an interview and stated that global warming had not been established as fact, and that we needed to look at the science. To illustrate this fact, Congresswoman Bachmann discusses the concern of the 1970s of a global ice age. 

 

Combating Energy Concerns

In May of 2008, Congresswoman Bachmann released a video noting her support for increased oil drilling and exploration and her support for nuclear energy.

 

Global Warming is a Hoax

In March of 2008, Congresswoman Bachmann participated in a town hall event and stated that global warming was a hoax.

 

Support for Expanded Drilling

In June of 2008, Congresswoman Bachmann released a statement noting her position that Congress should open up more land to drilling to decrease the cost of gas.

 

Floor Speech on Energy

In June of 2008, Congresswoman Bachmann spoke on the House floor about the need to open more areas for drilling for oil and natural gas.

 

Cut the Red Tape Act

In July of 2008, Congresswoman Bachmann released a statement noting her Emergency Energy Cut-the-Red-Tape Now Act.

 

Support for Drilling in ANWR

In August of 2008, Congresswoman Bachmann appeared on CNN and spoke about the need to drill in ANWR. This followed an op-ed discussing a recent trip to ANWR to generate attention and support for drilling there.

 

A Sham Energy Bill

In July of 2008, Congresswoman Bachmann wrote an op-ed discussing her opposition to the DRILL Act, and citing critical misperceptions that the bill was written on.

 

Support for all-of-the-above

In August of 2008, Congresswoman Bachmann released a statement noting her opposition to a plan put forth by the Democrats to force oil companies to use their leased land or lose it.

 

Fast Track Shale Act

In August of 2008, Congresswoman Bachmann released a statement noting legislation that she was putting forth called the Fast Track Shale Act.

 

Promoting New American Energy Act

In July of 2008, Congresswoman Bachmann released a statement noting her legislation to bolster renewable energy.

 

American Energy Independence and Price Reduction Act

In July of 2008, Congresswoman Bachmann released a statement noting her support for the American Energy Independence and Price Reduction Act.

 

Support for Shale Exploration

In August of 2008, Congresswoman Bachmann released a statement noting her support for legislation to promote shale oil exploration.

 

Opposition to Democratic Energy Proposal

In September of 2008, Congresswoman Bachmann released a statement noting her opposition to Democratic proposals for energy.

 

Cap-and-Trade Forums

In April of 2009, Congresswoman Bachmann released a press statement and noted forums that she held on cap-and-trade programs.

 

Fox Business Appearance

In March of 2009, Congresswoman Bachmann appeared on Fox Business and spoke about cap-and-trade legislation.

 

Package of Energy Legislation

In March of 2009, Congresswoman Bachmann released a statement noting the numerous pieces of legislation that she had introduced to make changes to the US energy policy.

 

Discussion of Carbon Dioxide

On Earth Day in 2009, Congresswoman Bachmann spoke about the idea that carbon dioxide was a pollutant. She notes that carbon dioxide is essential to life on earth and fundamental to the life cycle here. She mocks the idea that the US standard of living should be reduced to reduce a natural part of earth's atmosphere.

 

Opposition to Cap-and-Trade

In May of 2009, Congresswoman Bachmann released a press statement noting her opposition to the Democratic cap-and-trade legislation.

 

Floor Speech - Cap-and-Trade

In June of 2009, Congresswoman Bachmann spoke on the House floor on the upcoming vote on cap-and-trade legislation.

 

Cap-and-Trade is a Tax

In June of 2009, Congresswoman Bachmann wrote an op-ed discussing the cap-and-trade program being proposed by the Democratic majority in Congress. She states that the scheme is nothing more than a tax.

 

Ideology Over Science

In July of 2009, Congresswoman Bachmann wrote an op-ed discussing the EPA's desire to implement restrictions on carbon-dioxide over the objections of scientists.

 

Lockup Our Energy Resources

In July of 2009, Congresswoman Bachmann wrote an op-ed noting her desire to see US oil resources locked up for US use.

 

EPA and Carbon Regulation

In December of 2009, Congresswoman Bachmann wrote an op-ed discussing the regulation of carbon dioxide through the EPA.

 

The Back Door Energy Tax

In March of 2010, Congresswoman Bachmann wrote an op-ed discussing EPA movements to establish a national energy tax without legislation dictating such a tax.

 

Keep Offshore Drilling Afloat

In July of 2010, Congresswoman Bachmann wrote an op-ed discussing the movement of offshore drilling platforms away from the Gulf of Mexico and towards overseas locations.

 

$2 a Gallon Gas

At a campaign event, Congresswoman Bachmann promised that if elected, she would bring down the cost of gas to less than 2$ dollars a barrel. She offered no plan to achieve this goal.

 

Reagan Debate

In September of 2011, Congresswoman Bachmann participated in the Republican debate at the Reagan library. She notes her opposition to the EPA involvement.

 

Huckabee Forum

In December of 2011, Congresswoman Bachmann participated in a forum that was hosted by Mike Huckabee. She speaks about the need to get rid of the EPA.

 

Official Website Statements

 

Campaign Website Statements

 

2012 Presidential Campaign Website Statements

 

Voting Record

Restarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act

The Restarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act would have hastened the sale of drilling permits in the Gulf of Mexico and off the coast of Virginia. It passed the House 266-149, but was never brought up for a vote in the Senate. Michele Bachmann voted in favor of the Restarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act.

Michele Bachmann voted in favor of the Restarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act.

Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011

The Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011 would have prevented the EPA from passing any tax on greenhouse gases and excluded GHGs from the definition of air pollutants. Michele Bachmann voted in favor of the Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011.

Michele Bachmann voted in favor of the Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011.

American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (Cap-and-Trade)

Also known as Cap and Trade, the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 sought to create a system of carbon credits which would be issued to each business, and dictated the amount of carbon each business was allowed to put into the evironment through the creation of goods or the use of energy. When a company exceed the amount of carbon allocated to it (exceeded it\'s cap), it could then trade or purchase carbon credits from businesses below their allocated level. The bill passed the house in a 219-212 vote, but was never brought up for a vote in the Senate. Michele Bachmann voted against the Cap and Trade Program.

Michele Bachmann voted against the Cap and Trade Program.

Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Tax Act of 2008

In February of 2008, the US House passed the Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Tax Act of 2008. Among other things, the bill created tax incentives for renewable energy. The bill was widely supported by Democrats and mostly opposed by Republicans. It never came '); echo('up for a vote in the US Senate, but passed the US House in a 236-182 vote. Michele Bachmann voted against the Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Tax Act of 2008.

Michele Bachmann voted against the Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Tax Act of 2008.

Renewable Energy and Job Creation Tax Act of 2008

In September of 2008, the House passed what was called the Renewable Energy and Job Creation Tax Act of 2008. Among other things, the Renewable Energy and Job Creation Tax Act of 2008 created tax credits for renewable electricity, and paid for those credits with PAYGO offsets. The bill had widespread Democratic support and Republican opposition, but passed with a vote of 257-166. Michele Bachmann voted against the Renewable Energy and Job Creation Tax Act of 2008.

Michele Bachmann voted against the Renewable Energy and Job Creation Tax Act of 2008.

Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008

In May of 2008, The US House passed the Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008. The Act created tax incentives for energy production and conservation. The bill was largely supported by the Democrats and largely opposed by the Republicans. The bill passed the House in a 263-160 vote. Michele Bachmann voted against the Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008.

Michele Bachmann voted against the Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008.

Renewable Fuels, Consumer Protection, and Energy Efficiency Act of 2007

Among other things, the Renewable Fuels, Consumer Protection, and Energy Efficiency Act of 2007 removed oil & gas exploration subsidies. The bill passed the House in January '); echo('and passed the Senate in June. In the House, the bill was supported by almost all Democrats and opposed by a majority of Republicans. It passed with a 264-163 vote Michele Bachmann voted against the Renewable Fuels, Consumer Protection, and Energy Efficiency Act of 2007.

Michele Bachmann voted against the Renewable Fuels, Consumer Protection, and Energy Efficiency Act of 2007.

No Oil Producing and Exporting Cartels Act of 2007 or NOPEC

The No Oil Producing and Exporting Cartels Act of 2007 or NOPEC. The bill Amends the Sherman Act to declare it to be illegal and a violation of the Act for any foreign state or instrumentality thereof to act collectively or in combination with any other foreign state or any other person, whether by cartel or any other association or form of cooperation or joint action, to limit the production or distribution of oil, natural gas, or any other petroleum product (petroleum), to set or maintain the price of petroleum, or to otherwise take any action in restraint of trade for petroleum, when such action has a direct, substantial, and reasonably foreseeable effect on the market, supply, price, or distribution of petroleum in the United States. The bill was not brought up in the US Senate, but passed the House in a 345-72 vote. Michele Bachmann voted in favor of the NOPEC Act.

Michele Bachmann voted in favor of the NOPEC Act.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-112; Bill Number-H R 680; To prohibit United States contributions to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change - Cosponsor

Prohibits the President from making contributions on behalf of the United States to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Session-111; Bill Number-H R 1431; No Cost Stimulus Act of 2009 - Cosponsor

To stimulate the economy and create jobs at no cost to the taxpayers, and without borrowing money from foreign governments for which our children and grandchildren will be responsible, and for other purposes.

Session-110; Bill Number-H R 2784; National Environment and Energy Development Act - Cosponsor

To greatly enhance the Nation's environmental, energy, economic, and national security by terminating long-standing Federal prohibitions on the domestic production of abundant offshore supplies of natural gas, to dedicate fixed percentages of the resultant royalties for environmental restoration projects, renewable energy and carbon sequestration research, and weatherization and energy assistance for those in need, and to share a portion of such royalties with producing States, and for other purposes.

Session-110; Bill Number-H R 5656; To repeal a requirement with respect to the procurement and acquisition of alternative fuels. - Cosponsor

Amends the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 to repeal provisions prohibiting any federal agency from entering into a contract for procurement of an alternative or synthetic fuel for any mobility-related use, other than for research or testing, unless the contract specifies that the lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions associated with the production and combustion of the fuel must be less than or equal to such emissions from the equivalent conventional fuel.

Session-110; Bill Number-H R 6108; Deep Ocean Energy Resources Act of 2008 - Cosponsor

To provide for exploration, development, and production activities for mineral resources on the outer Continental Shelf, and for other purposes.

Session-110; Bill Number-H R 2279; Increasing Refinery Capability - Cosponsor

Requires the President to designate not less than three closed military installations or portions thereof that are appropriate for siting a refinery for gasoline or other fuel. Designates the Department of Energy as the lead agency for coordinating applicable federal refinery authorizations and related environmental reviews with respect to a designated refinery.

Session-112; Bill Number-H R 97; Free Industry Act - Cosponsor

Amends the Clean Air Act to: (1) exclude from the definition of the term "air pollutant" carbon dioxide, water vapor, methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons, or sulfur hexafluoride; and (2) declare that nothing in the Act shall be treated as authorizing or requiring the regulation of climate change or global warming.

Session-110; Bill Number-H R 5656; To repeal a requirement with respect to the procurement and acquisition of alternative fuels. - Cosponsor

Amends the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 to repeal provisions prohibiting any federal agency from entering into a contract for procurement of an alternative or synthetic fuel for any mobility-related use, other than for research or testing, unless the contract specifies that the lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions associated with the production and combustion of the fuel must be less than or equal to such emissions from the equivalent conventional fuel.

Session-110; Bill Number-H R 6132; Budgeting Nuclear Waste Funds - Cosponsor

Amends the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982 to authorize the Secretary of Energy to use amounts in the Nuclear Waste Fund to make competitive grants to enter into long-term contracts with private sector entities for the recycling of spent nuclear fuel. Directs the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to complete a rulemaking establishing a process for licensing by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), under the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, of facilities for the recycling of spent nuclear fuel. Amends the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982 to provide that the receipt and disbursements of the Nuclear Waste Fund shall not be counted as new budget authority, outlays, receipts, or deficits or surplus for purposes of the executive budget, the congressional budget, or the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 (Gramm-Rudman-Hollings Act) (thereby moving the Fund off-budget).

Session-110; Bill Number-H R 6138; Shale Oil Reserves - Cosponsor

Amends the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2008 to repeal the prohibition on using certain funds to issue regulations for: (1) a commercial leasing program for oil shale resources on public lands; or (2) an oil shale lease sale.

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