Mark Dayton on Energy and the Environment

Last Updated : Sep 10, 2010

Summary

Senator Dayton believes in man-made global-warming and states that he will create a new Pollution Reduction Agency to address the problem. He also states that he opposes building new nuclear power plants.

 

Campaign Website Statements

“Green” technologies mean cleaner energy, a safer environment, and new jobs. As Governor, I will lead the way to that future, and develop incentives that will bring green energy industries to Minnesota.

 

I will transform the present Minnesota Pollution Cooperation Agency into a new Pollution Reduction Agency, by appointing a Commissioner and Board Members who will enforce environmental regulations and reduce pollution. All state environmental protection agencies and boards will again put people before polluters. I also support the current law, which prohibits the building of new nuclear power plants in Minnesota.

Voting Record

Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006

The Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006 was an attempt to open up more areas of the Gulf of Mexico for oil drilling. It passed the Senate with broad support in a 72-25 vote. However, it was not raised in the House. Mark Dayton voted against the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006.

Mark Dayton voted against the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006.

Amendment - Reduction of Oil Dependence

In June of 2005, the Senate voted on an amendment to reduce oil importation in the US by 40% by 2025. The would have raised the original goals set in the bill form a 1 million barrel per day reduction to a 7.6 million barrel per day reduction. This would most likely be achieved through increased CAFE standards of 78 miles per gallon in cars and a 185-percent increase in light trucks. The voted failed 47-53. Mark Dayton voted in favor of the amendment.

Mark Dayton voted in favor of the amendment.

Amendment - ANWR Fast Track

In March of 2003, the US Senate voted on an amendment to prevent fast-tracking of drilling in ANWR. The amendment passed 52-48. Mark Dayton voted in favor of the amendment and thus opposed ANWR drilling.

Mark Dayton voted in favor of the amendment and thus opposed ANWR drilling.

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge amendment

In April of 2002, the Senate voted on an amendment to allow ANWR to be opened up for drilling. The full amendment was a separate piece of legislation that dictated the amount of land to be leased, the amount to be reimbursed to native Alaskans, an amount to be traded with Israel, and numerous other provisions. The amendmnent failed to pass the Senate 46-54. Mark Dayton voted against the amendment to open up ANWR to drilling.

Mark Dayton voted against the amendment to open up ANWR to drilling.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-109; Bill Number-S 555; No Oil Producing and Exporting Cartels Act of 2005 or NOPEC - Cosponsor

A bill to amend the Sherman Act to make oil-producing and exporting cartels illegal.

Session-109; Bill Number-S 342; Climate Stewardship Act of 2005 - Cosponsor

A bill to provide for a program of scientific research on abrupt climate change, to accelerate the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States by establishing a market-driven system of greenhouse gas tradeable allowances, to limit greenhouse gas emissions in the United States and reduce dependence upon foreign oil, and ensure benefits to consumers from the trading in such allowances.

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