Mike Lee on Energy and the Environment

Last Updated : Jul 22, 2010

Summary

Mike Lee has not stated whether or not he believes in man-made global warming. He has signed the "Contract with America" to reject cap-and-trade. He supports drilling in ANWR and he supports drilling for shale oil in other federal lands.

 

Deseret News Survey

In June of 2010, Mike Lee responded to a Deseret News survey and answered question on the BP oil spill and Nuclear testing.

 

Under what circumstances would you support the resumption of nuclear testing?

Response:

I do not see a need for current underground detonation testing. My father died of complications incurred from Downwinder's syndrome. Any nuclear testing conducted in the U.S., if any, must be done under the strictest safeguards and underground. We must not take the option of testing off the table as we need to continue to maintain a nuclear deterrent to protect our national interests.

 

Contract with America

Mike Lee has signed the "Contract with America" which lists 10 principles that candidates agree to abide by. One of those principles is a rejection of cap-and-trade.

 

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. Mike Lee voted against the legislationt to end oil subsidies.

Mike Lee 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. Mike Lee voted in favor of approving the Keystone Pipeline project.

Mike Lee 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. Mike Lee voted against approving presidential waiver to the Keystone pipeline.

Mike Lee voted against approving presidential waiver to the Keystone pipeline.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

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

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