Brian Schweitzer on Energy & Oil

Democratic MT Governor


Construct Keystone pipeline; and mine more coal

As governor, Schweitzer wasn't always a doctrinaire liberal. He deviated from his party on energy and guns, understandable given Montana's economic reliance on mining and energy production and its rural landscape. He strongly supported the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, referring to those debating the project in Washington as "jackasses," and pushed for more development of coal.
Source: Michael Warren in The Weekly Standard magazine , Dec 23, 2013

Promotes clean coal in Montana

Montana has a third of the nation's coal. If the emerging technology was used to treat the coal in an environmentally friendly way, sequestering the carbon dioxide underground, we could produce more than 2 billion barrels of relatively clean fuel a year. The technology is there to sequester carbon dioxide safely, but the disincentives aren't in place yet to keep coal plants from pumping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
Source: Blue Man in a Red State, by Greg Lemon, p.114-115 , Jun 25, 2008

America should cut energy consumption and produce biofuels

His energy plan is global. In a nutshell it stands on three legs: conservation, clean and green energy, and clean coal. With smart conservation, such as more efficient cars and less driving, Americans could cut consumption by a billion barrels of oil a year. With regard to biofuels, we could produce a billion barrels. The key would be in not reducing the food supply. The crops planned for biofuel would need to be on those acres currently not in use for domestic food production.
Source: Blue Man in a Red State, by Greg Lemon, p.113-114 , Jun 25, 2008

We can reduce our carbon footprint and also consume energy

We have agreed that we will decrease our carbon footprint substantially. And we have agreed that we will find ways of producing and consuming energy all the while decreasing our carbon footprint.
Source: Blue Man in a Red State, by Greg Lemon, p.117 , Jun 25, 2008

Create new domestic energy and cut reliance on foreign oil

That our greatest challenge is to create new energy systems in this country, in both the way we consume & the way we produce, so that we're able to produce a clean, green domestic energy system, so that we no longer will be reliant on foreign dictators. That we will no longer have to send both the blood of our young people and the treasure from our coffers to defend their energy systems.
Source: Blue Man in a Red State, by Greg Lemon, p.118 , Jun 25, 2008

Develop renewable energy: ethanol, wind and hydrogen

Q: What principles do you support regarding the environment and energy?

A: I support responsible development of Montana’s natural resources while protecting our clean air, water and wildlands. I have also proposed developing new, renewable energy sources, such as clean-burning ethanol fuel, wind and hydrogen, to create jobs and reduce dependence on foreign oil.

Source: 2004 Montana Gubernatorial National Political Awareness Test , Nov 1, 2004

Supports spending resources to stop Global Warming

Brian brings a new approach to conservation issues, the perspective of a scientist...With a background in sustainable agriculture, Brian has worked for decades to conserve and sustain our natural resources.
Source: www.brianschweitzer.com , Sep 27, 2000

Letter to Congress supporting renewable energy tax credit.

Schweitzer signed American Renewable Energy Production Tax Credit Extension

Congressional Summary:Amends the Internal Revenue Code to extend through 2016 the tax credit for electricity produced from wind, biomass, geothermal or solar energy, landfill gas, trash, hydropower, and marine and hydrokinetic renewable energy facilities.

Proponent's Comments (Governor's Wind Energy Coalition letter of Nov. 15, 2011 signed by 23 governors):Although the tax credit for wind energy has long enjoyed bipartisan support, it is scheduled to expire on Dec. 31, 2012. Wind-related manufacturing is beginning to slow in our states because the credit has not yet been extended. If Congress pursues a last minute approach to the extension, the anticipated interruption of the credit's benefits will result in a significant loss of high-paying jobs in a growing sector of the economy. We strongly urge Congress to adopt a more consistent and longer-term federal tax policy to support wind energy development, such as H.R. 3307.

The leading wind project developers and manufacturers are slowing their plans for 2013 and beyond due to the current uncertainty. The ripple effect of this slow down means reduced orders for turbines and decreased business for the hundreds of manufacturers who have entered the wind industry in our states. When Congress allowed the tax credit to expire in 1999, 2001, and 2003, the development of new wind installations dropped significantly, between 73% and 93%, and thousands of jobs were lost. Providing renewable energy tax credits in order to provide consistency with conventional energy tax credits is the right policy to move the nation forward in an energy sector that offers global export opportunities and the ability to modernize a segment of our electric production infrastructure.

Source: H.R.3307 11-H3307 on Nov 2, 2011

Set goal of 25% renewable energy by 2025.

Schweitzer endorsed setting goal of 25% renewable energy by 2025

A resolution that it is the goal of the United States that, not later than January 1, 2025, the agricultural, forestry, and working land of the US should provide from renewable resources not less than 25% of the total energy consumed and continue to produce safe, abundant, and affordable food, feed, and fiber. [Governors also signed letters of endorsement at www.25x25.org]

Rep. SALAZAR: "Our resolution establishes a national goal of producing 25% of America's energy from renewable sources--like solar, wind and biofuels--by 2025. The "25x'25" vision is widely endorsed, bold, and fully attainable. If implemented, it would dramatically improve our energy security, our economy, and our ability to protect the environment.

"I am pleased that more than 20 of my colleagues in the Senate, from both sides of the aisle, are cosponsoring this resolution. In addition, the "25x'25" vision has been endorsed by 22 current and former governors and several State legislatures across the country. The Big Three automobile manufacturers--Ford, Chrysler, and General Motors--are all behind "25x'25" So are many agricultural organizations, environmental groups, scientists, and businesses, ranging from the Natural Resources Defense Council to John Deere.

"These Americans understand that we cannot continue to import 60% of our oil from foreign countries, many of which are hostile to the US, if we aim to be strong and secure in the world. They know that we will have to build a clean energy economy if we are to reduce our dependence on foreign oil. It is time for Congress to take a more active role in our clean energy future. Establishing a national goal--"25x'25" is the first step."

Source: 25x'25 Act (S.CON.RES.3 / H.CON.RES.25) 2007-SC03 on Jan 17, 2007

Other governors on Energy & Oil: Brian Schweitzer on other issues:
MT Gubernatorial:
Steve Bullock
MT Senatorial:
Amanda Curtis
Champ Edmunds
Corey Stapleton
John Bohlinger
John Walsh
Jon Tester
Sam Rankin
Steve Daines

Gubernatorial Debates 2014:
AL: Bentley(R) vs.Griffith(D)
AR: Ross(D) vs.Hutchinson(R) vs.Griffin(R,Lt.Gov.)
AZ: Ducey(R) vs.DuVal(D) vs.Mealer(AE) vs.Gilbert(L) vs.Riggs(R)
CA: Brown(D) vs.Kashkari(R)
CO: Hickenlooper(D) vs.Beauprez(R) vs.Tancredo(R) vs.Hess(L)
CT: Malloy(D) vs.Foley(R) vs.Walker(R,Lt.Gov.)
FL: Scott(R) vs.Crist(D) vs.Snitker(L,Lt.Gov.)
GA: Deal(R) vs.Carter(D) vs.Hunt(L)
HI: Ige(D) vs.Aiona(R) vs.Abercrombie(D)
IA: Branstad(R) vs.Hatch(D) vs.Hoefling(R)
MA: Coakley(D) vs.Baker(R) &Polito(R,Lt.Gov.) vs.Grossman(D) vs.Berwick(D)
ME: LePage(R) vs.Michaud(D) vs.Cutler(I)
MI: Snyder(R) vs.Schauer(D)
NM: Martinez(R) vs.King(D)
NY: Cuomo(D) &Hochul(D,Lt.Gov.) vs.Astorino(R) vs.Hawkins(G) vs.Teachout(D)
OK: Fallin(R) vs.Dorman(D)
PA: Corbett(R) vs.Wolf(D) vs.Schwartz(D,lost primary) vs.Critz(D,Lt.Gov.,lost primary)
Up for re-election 2014:
AK-R: Sean Parnell
AL-R: Robert Bentley
CA-D: Jerry Brown
CO-D: John Hickenlooper
CT-D: Dan Malloy
FL-R: Rick Scott
GA-R: Nathan Deal
HI-D: Neil Abercrombie
IA-R: Terry Branstad
ID-R: Butch Otter
IL-D: Pat Quinn
KS-R: Sam Brownback
ME-R: Paul LePage
MI-R: Rick Snyder
MN-D: Mark Dayton
NH-D: Maggie Hassan
NM-R: Susana Martinez
NV-R: Brian Sandoval
NY-D: Andrew Cuomo
OH-R: John Kasich
OK-R: Mary Fallin
OR-D: John Kitzhaber
PA-R: Tom Corbett
SC-R: Nikki Haley
SD-R: Dennis Daugaard
TN-R: Bill Haslam
VT-D: Peter Shumlin
WI-R: Scott Walker
WY-R: Matt Mead

Term-Limited or Retiring 2014:
AR-D: Mike Beebe
AZ-R: Jan Brewer
MA-D: Deval Patrick
MD-D: Martin O'Malley
RI-I: Linc Chafee
TX-R: Rick Perry
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Election 2013:
New Jersey:
NJ-R: Chris Christie (won)
NJ-D: Barbara Buono (lost)
VA-R: Bob McDonnell(Retiring)
VA-R: Ken Cuccinelli (lost)
VA-D: Terry McAuliffe (won)

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