Michael Bennet on Energy and the Environment

Last Updated : Sep 08, 2010

Summary

Senator Bennet believes in man-made global-warming and called it one of the most significant threats in the 21st century. He has stated that he is still deciding on whether a carbon tax or a cap-and-trade system would be better, but that one of those programs should indeed be implemented.

He has stated that the stimulus bill was a good start to spurring energy development but that America needs to "be bold" and begin to fund projects to create a "clean energy economy" by doing the following:

  • A national requirement to draw 25% of our electricity from renewable energy sources by 2025;
  • Permanent tax incentives to spur renewable energy growth;
  • A substantial and continued federal investment in renewable energy development;
  • Construction of an updated electrical grid, including transmission lines that carry renewable energy;
  • Incentives for producing and purchasing alternative fuel vehicles.

 

No Opinion on Cap-and-Trade vs Carbon Tax

When asked about his opinion on a carbon tax, Senator Bennet stated that he had not decide whether to support a carbon tax or a cap-and-trade system, but stated that one of those should be implemented.

 

2010 Re-Election Campaign Website Statements

 

 

Official Website Statements

 

 

Voting Record

Oil Company and Alternative Energy Subsidies

On March 29, 2012 the Senate voted on a cloture motion on legislation to end subsidies to oil companies and to continue subsidies in alternative energy that are scheduled to end. Specifically, the bill would have ended or limited subsidies to oil and natural gas companies while extending subsides for wind companies and biofuel companies. The legislation failed to pass a cloture motion through a mostly party line vote. Michael Bennet voted in favor of ending oil subsidies.

Michael Bennet voted in favor of ending oil subsidies.

Keystone Pipeline Approval

In March of 2012, the Senate voted on an amendment proposed by Senator Hoeven to approve the Keystone pipeline project. The amendment passed 56-42 with the support of all Republicans and 1/5 of the Democrats. Michael Bennet voted against approving the Keystone Pipeline project.

Michael Bennet voted against approving the Keystone Pipeline project.

Keystone Pipeline - Presidential Waiver

In March of 2012, the Senate voted on an amendment proposed by Senator Wyden to prohibit oil produced in Canada and transported in any part of the Keystone pipeline from being exported unless the President waived the provision. The amendment failed 33-65 with the opposition of all Republicans and 2/5 of the Democrats. Michael Bennet voted against approving presidential waiver to the Keystone pipeline.

Michael Bennet voted against approving presidential waiver to the Keystone pipeline.

Cap and Trade

Cap and Trade is the name given to a government program to issue carbon credits to all companies. The company is limited to using only the amount of carbon issued to them by the government (the cap). If a company uses more, it can purchase additional carbon offsets from a company that has not used all their credits, or it can purchase credits from compainies which perform carbon offsets such as planting trees (the trade). The legislation passed the house but not enough senators supported the legislation to end a filibuster in the Senate. To prevent Senate Democrats from using a reconciliation technique to pass the bill with only 50 votes, Senate Republicans introduced an amendment stating oppositon to the use of reconciliation for cap and trade. The amendment passed with the support of all Republicans and about 2/3 of the Democrats. Michael Bennet voted in favor of the amendment and thus opposed using reconciliation to pass cap-and-trade.

Michael Bennet voted in favor of the amendment and thus opposed using reconciliation to pass cap-and-trade.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-112; Bill Number-S 33; A bill to designate a portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as wilderness - Cosponsor

Amends the National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 1966 to designate a portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) in Alaska as a component of the National Wilderness Preservation System under the Wilderness Act.

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