Richard Burr on Energy and the Environment

Last Updated : Jul 16, 2010

Summary

Senator Burr has not stated whether or not he believes in man made global warming. He has stated that he opposes the cap-and-trade legislation which passed the House because it will do nothing to stop pollution as long as China, India, and other countries are still polluting. This seems to show a belief in the idea of man-made global warming. He has expressed both support and opposition to expanded offshore exploration and drilling. He supports and has introduced legislation to expand nuclear power as a means of reducing carbon emissions.

 

Opposition to cap-and-trade

In July of 2009, Senator Burr released a statement which (in part) noted his opposition to cap-and-trade. He does not express his views on global warming. He authored an article appearing in the hill stating the same viewpoint that the cap-and-trade legislation does nothing to address global warming as long as India, China, and other countries are not following the same principles.

 

Opposition to offshore drilling

In february of 2005, Senator Burr joined with Senator Dole in opposition to expanded offshore exploration and drilling due to concerns over the possible impacts on the North Carolina shoreline. He released the following press statement:

 

Support for offshore drilling

In July of 2008, Senator Burr released a press statement noting his support for President Bush's expansion of offshore oil drilling.

In March of 2010, Senator Burr released a press statement citing his support for President Obama's expansion of drilling.

 

Support for nuclear energy

In July of 2010, Senator Burr sponsored legislation to increase nuclear energy as a means of meeting our energy demands and lowering greenhouse emissions. 

 

Support for alternative energy

In June of 2010, Senator Burr published a press release in support of a bill for alternative energy put forth by him and Senator Chambliss of Georgia. That press release is shown below.

 

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. Richard Burr voted against the legislationt to end oil subsidies.

Richard Burr 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. Richard Burr voted in favor of approving the Keystone Pipeline project.

Richard Burr 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. Richard Burr voted against approving presidential waiver to the Keystone pipeline.

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

Richard Burr 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. Richard Burr voted in favor of the Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008.

Richard Burr 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. Richard Burr voted against the Renewable Fuels, Consumer Protection, and Energy Efficiency Act of 2007.

Richard Burr voted against the Renewable Fuels, Consumer Protection, and Energy Efficiency Act of 2007.

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. Richard Burr voted in favor of the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006.

Richard Burr voted in favor of 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. Richard Burr voted against the amendment.

Richard Burr voted against the amendment.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-111; Bill Number-S J Res 26; Disapproving of the finding that greenhouse gases are an endangerment - Cosponsor

Disapproves the rule submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on December 15, 2009, relating to the endangerment finding and the cause or contribute findings for greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act.

Session-112; Bill Number-S 871; Ethanol Subsidy and Tariff Repeal Act - Cosponsor

Amends the Internal Revenue Code to advance the termination date of the income and excise tax credits for alcohol fuel mixtures (ethanol) from December 31, 2011, to the later of June 30, 2011, or the enactment of this Act. Amends the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States to allow, on or after June 30, 2011, duty-free treatment for ethyl alcohol or any mixture containing ethyl alcohol (ethanol).

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