Rick Santorum on Energy and the Environment

Last Updated : Dec 13, 2011

Summary

Senator Santorum does not believe in man-made global warming. In 2011, he referred to the notion that man was changing the climate as patently absurd. He opposes cap-and-trade legislation, stating that it would destroy a state like Pennsylvania.

Senator Santorum supports all manners of energy production. He is a strong advocate for increased oil and gas exploration and increased drilling for oil and natural gas. This includes drilling in ANWR and the outer continental shelf. He opposes the viewpoint that government should chose which resources the people are allowed to use.

 

All Right Magazine Interview

On January 8, 2010 Senator Santorum was interviewed by All Right Magazine and asked about cap-and-trade. He stated that the legislation would destroy a coal state like Pennsylvania.

 

Campaign Event

In an undated campaign event, Senator Santorum outlines his views on energy production, regulation, drilling, and reducing the cost of gas.

 

Fox News Appearance

In June of 2011, Senator Santorum appeared on Fox News with Greta Van Susteran. When discussing energy, he is asked about a recent article where he is quoted as supporting the end of ethanol subsidies.

 

Rush Limbaugh Appearance

In June of 2011, Senator Santorum appeared on the Rush Limbaugh radio show and discussed global warming and energy policy. He stated that the idea of man-made global warming was patently absurd.

 

New Hampshire Debate

In June of 2011, Senator Santorum participated in the Presidential debate in New Hampshire. He was asked about ethanol subsidies and stated that he opposed such subsidies.

 

Iowa Campaign Event - Subsidies

In June of 2011, Senator Santorum told a group of Iowa farmers that he opposed ethanol subsidies and that the industry had come far enough to stand on it's own.

 

Des Moines Register Interview

In August of 2011, Senator Santorum was interviewed by the Des Moines Register. He was asked about drilling and states that there is no place that drilling shoulld be outlawed, including ANWR. He states that the current administration views the government's role as determining what resources people are allowed to use.

 

Michigan Economic Debate

On November 10, 2011 Senator Santorum participated in the Michigan Economic Debate. He was asked about subsidies for energy and states that he opposes all subsidies.

 

2012 Presidential Campaign Website Statements

 

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. Rick Santorum voted in favor of the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006.

Rick Santorum 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. Rick Santorum voted against the amendment.

Rick Santorum voted against 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. Rick Santorum voted against the amendment and thus supported ANWR drilling.

Rick Santorum voted against the amendment and thus supported 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. Rick Santorum voted in favor of the amendment to open up ANWR to drilling.

Rick Santorum voted in favor of the amendment to open up ANWR to drilling.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

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

References

[1] Website: All Right Magazine Article: 10 Questions for Rick Santorum: An Exclusive Interview Author: NA Accessed on: 05/11/2011

[2] Website: Des Moines Register Article: Santorum tells Iowa farmers he would end ethanol subsidies Author: William Petroski Accessed on: 09/21/2011

[3] Website: Philadelphia Weekly Article: Rick Santorum: Champion of Alternative Fuels Author: Randy LoBasso Accessed on: 09/21/2011

[4] Website: Right Wing Watch Article: Santorum: Global Warming Is "Patently Absurd" Author: Brian Tashman Accessed on: 09/21/2011

[5] Website: Fox News - Greta Van Susteran Article: How Rick Santorum Plans to Win the White House Author: NA Accessed on: 09/21/2011

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