Jon Tester on Energy and the Environment

Last Updated : May 28, 2011

Global Warming Number 1 Issue Facing the World

In October of 2006, Candidate Tester stated that global warming was not arguable anymore and that it was the number one issue facing the world.

 

Oil Company Profits

In April of 2007, Senator Tester released a press statement noting his opposition to high gas prices and oil company profits.

 

National Geothermal Initiative Act of 2007

In June of 2007, Senator Tester released a press statement noting his cosponsorship of the National Geothermal Initiative Act of 2007.

 

Coal Funding

In June of 2007, Senator Tester released a press statement noting a loan program to develop technologies to burn coal cleaner.

 

CAFE Standards

In June of 2007, Senator Tester released a press statement noting his support for increasing CAFE standards.

 

2007 Energy Bill

In June of 2007, Senator Tester released a press statement noting his support for the recently passed 2007 Energy Bill.

 

Wildfires and Climate Change

In September of 2007, Senator Tester released a press statement noting that the cause of the wildfires in Montana was global warming. He called for more funding to address the issue.

The following day, Senator Tester released another statement noting the same sentiments. He asserts that the fires are the consequences of global warming.

 

Iceland Visits

In September of 2007, Senator Tester released a press statement noting a recent visit by Icelandic authorities to push a geothermal energy bill.

 

Achieving Energy Independence

In June of 2008, Senator Tester released a press statement noting objectives he would pursue in achieving energy independence.

 

Consumer First Energy Act

In June of 2008, Senator Tester released a press statement noting his support for the Consumer First Energy Act.

 

 

Speculators and Oil Prices

In July of 2008, Senator Tester released a press statement noting his opinions on oil speculation and pricing.

 

Overall Energy Policy

In August of 2008, Senator Tester released a press statement noting his opinions on energy policy.

 

Support for Expanded Renewable Energy

In May of 2010, Senator Tester released a press statement noting his support for legislation that create more renewable energy infrastructure.

 

Wind Solar Leasing Act, and the 

In August of 2010, Senator Tester released a press statement noting two pieces of legislation that he was introducing called the WInd Solar Leasing Act and the Geothermal Exploration Act.

 

American Security and Freedom Fuels Act of 2010

In September of 2010, Senator Tester released a press statement noting legislation that he was introducing called the American Security and Freedom Fuels Act of 2010.

 

Creating American Jobs and Ending Offshoring Act

In September of 2010, Senator Tester released a press statement noting his vote against the Creating American Jobs and Ending Offshoring Act. He stated that he voted against it because it wasn't paid for.

 

American Security and Freedom Fuels Act of 2011

In January of 2011, Senator Tester released a press statement noting his introduction of the American Security and Freedom Fuels Act of 2011. 

 

2012 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. Jon Tester voted in favor of ending oil subsidies.

Jon Tester 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. Jon Tester voted in favor of approving the Keystone Pipeline project.

Jon Tester 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. Jon Tester voted in favor of approving presidential waiver to the Keystone pipeline.

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

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

Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008

In September of 2008, The US Senate 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'); echo(' in May of 2008, and passed the Senate with widespread support in a 93-2 vote. Jon Tester voted in favor of the Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008.

Jon Tester voted in favor of 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 and passed the Senate in June. In the House, the bill was supported by almost all Democrats and opposed by a majority of Republicans. After passing the House, the bill got the support of most Democrats and roughly half of the Republicans, passing in a 65-27 vote. Jon Tester voted in favor of the Renewable Fuels, Consumer Protection, and Energy Efficiency Act of 2007.

Jon Tester voted in favor of the Renewable Fuels, Consumer Protection, and Energy Efficiency Act of 2007.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-111; Bill Number-S 271; Fuel Reduction using Electrons to End Dependence on the Mid-East (FREEDOM) Act of 2009 - Cosponsor

Amends the Internal Revenue Code to: (1) allow an election to expense the cost of manufacturing property for producing plug-in electric drive motor vehicles and components; (2) increase the number of such vehicles eligible for a tax credit; (3) allow a five-year recovery period for the depreciation of smart meters and smart grid systems; and (4) increase the rate of the tax credit for alternative fuel vehicle refueling property and the maximum credit amount for commercial refueling property.

Session-111; Bill Number-S 3973; Diesel Emissions Reduction Act of 2010 - Cosponsor

Amends the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to reauthorize and extend funding for FY2012-FY2016 a grant program for reducing diesel emissions. Authorizes the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to: (1) provide contracts and rebates to eligible entities to achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions; and (2) support rebate programs administered by states that are designed to achieve such reductions.

Session-110; Bill Number-S Res 30; Climate Change and International Commitments - Cosponsor

A resolution expressing the sense of the Senate regarding the need for the United States to address global climate change through the negotiation of fair and effective international commitments.

Session-112; Bill Number-S 940; Close Big Oil Tax Loopholes Act - Cosponsor

Expresses the sense of the Senate that: (1) the President and Administration should be commended for recognizing the severity of high gas prices and for taking appropriate actions to help reduce gas prices; (2) Congress should take additional actions to complement the efforts of the President; (3) the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) should contribute to the stabilization of world oil markets and prices and reduce the burden of high gasoline prices by using existing idle oil production capacity to compensate for any supply shortages; and (4) U.S. economic, environmental, and national security depend on a sustained effort to reduce and eventually eliminate the dependence of the United States on oil. Amends the Internal Revenue Code to deny to oil companies with gross receipts in excess of $1 billion in a taxable year and an average daily worldwide production of crude oil of at least 500,000 barrels a year: (1) a foreign tax credit if such company is a dual capacity taxpayer, as defined by this Act; (2) the tax deduction for income attributable to domestic production of oil, natural gas, or primary products thereof; (3) the tax deduction for intangible drilling and development costs; (4) the percentage depletion allowance for oil and gas wells; and (5) the tax deduction for qualified tertiary injectant expenses. Amends the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to repeal the authority of the Secretary of the Interior to grant royalty relief (suspension of royalties) for natural gas production from deep wells and deep water oil and gas production in the Outer Continental Shelf. Dedicates any increased revenue generated by this Act to the reduction of a federal budget deficit or the public debt. Provides for compliance of the budgetary effects of this Act with the Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2010.

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