Rand Paul on Energy and the Environment

Last Updated : Jul 15, 2010

Summary

Rand Paul does not believe in man-made global warming. He is opposed to cap-and-trade and called the it a scam conceived by "petty dictators" such as Hugo Chavez to end capitalism (as stated by Chavez). He supports coal mining in Kentucky and opposes using the EPA to enforce greenhouse emissions. 

 

Climate Change about ending capitalism

In the victory speech for the 2010 Senate primary, Dr. Paul spoke about his belief that the global warming scare is really about ending capitalism as Hugo Chavez and others have stated (about 3:30 into clip). He states that by going to Copenhagen to attend a climate change conference, President Obama lends credence to the idea of global warming.

 

Opposition to cap and trade

In a November 2009 press release, Dr. Paul states his opposition to cap and trade.

In a 2010 discussion with the Courier-journal, Rand Paul was asked about cap-and-trade and responded as follows:

 

Support for coal

In an August 2009 press release, Dr. Paul stated his support for coal.

In a March 2010 press release, Dr. Paul reasserted his support for coal and controlling the involvement of the EPA.

 

Opposition to EPA regulation

In a campaign speech in Grayson county (7:00 into speech), Dr. Paul stated the unconstitutionality of an unelected government agency (EPA) enforcing a law that doesn't exist by stating that it would regulate greenhouse gases without a law.

 

Campaign 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. Rand Paul voted against the legislationt to end oil subsidies.

Rand Paul voted against the legislationt to end 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. Rand Paul voted in favor of approving the Keystone Pipeline project.

Rand Paul voted in favor of 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. Rand Paul voted against approving presidential waiver to the Keystone pipeline.

Rand Paul voted against approving presidential waiver to the Keystone pipeline.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

This representative has not been identified as sponsoring or cosponsoring significant legislation related to this title.

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