Rick Santorum on Energy and the Environment
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.
ALL RIGHT MAGAZINE: What would Cap-and-Trade do to a coal and steel state like Pennsylvania? Might it have electoral implications?
SENATOR SANTORUM: Absolutely. That bill would destroy a coal state like Pennsylvania. Over tens of thousands of Pennsylvania families are directly or indirectly impacted by the coal industry. It is frightening just how focused the President and Congress are on destroying this industry. Rather than focusing on energy technology, this Congress is trying to recklessly eliminate an entire source of energy. There’s a reason why the United States is called the Saudi Arabia of coal, and it’s because we have decades of coal reserves that can be utilized for electricity generation and coal-to-liquid fuel technology. Not only is this an energy issue, but it is an economic and national security issue.
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.
VAN SUSTEREN: We have 30 seconds left. You are quoted in this article as saying Iowa is critical. You think you should phase out the ethanol subsidies in five years, a major stink bomb in the state.
SANTORUM: The people here, ethanol has gotten a bad rap in the sense people say it can't be competitive. I've learned a lot about the industry. They've made tremendous strides. It is a very efficient way of producing fuel. I know people say you are crazy subsidies it would go away. Watch, the subsidies are going to go away. Ethanol has turned the corner technologically, and they are going to survive this and do well. I think what Tim Pawlenty and I propose will in my case more so put them on a path to make them sustainable over the long term.
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.
My position is that we should phase out all energy subsidies and create a level playing field.
This is an industry that has come a long way and has not done a very good job of telling its story about how competitive ethanol actually is in the energy mix.
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
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.
 Website: All Right Magazine Article: 10 Questions for Rick Santorum: An Exclusive Interview Author: NA Accessed on: 05/11/2011
 Website: Des Moines Register Article: Santorum tells Iowa farmers he would end ethanol subsidies Author: William Petroski Accessed on: 09/21/2011
 Website: Philadelphia Weekly Article: Rick Santorum: Champion of Alternative Fuels Author: Randy LoBasso Accessed on: 09/21/2011
 Website: Right Wing Watch Article: Santorum: Global Warming Is "Patently Absurd" Author: Brian Tashman Accessed on: 09/21/2011
 Website: Fox News - Greta Van Susteran Article: How Rick Santorum Plans to Win the White House Author: NA Accessed on: 09/21/2011