Ned Lamont on Energy & Oil

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Focus on incentives & conservation to reduce oil dependence

Q: Energy cost increases averaged 6.3% in the Northeast this season. What should we do?

LIEBERMAN: This is an outrage. People are being cheated. Last December, in the midst of the heating oil season, I submitted legislation that would impose a 50% Excess Profits Tax on oil companies for really undeserved profits and return that money to low- and middle-income consumers to help them pay bills.

SCHLESINGER: With all due respect, Joe, been there, done that. The last time we did, interest rates was to 14%, you couldn’t get a mortgage, oil prices skyrocketed, and it just didn’t work. Pres. Reagan repealed that Excess Profits Tax, and immediately oil prices fell to a 20-year low, and stayed therefore about 20 years. So that’s not the solution.

LAMONT: Front and center to deal with energy prices is that we’ve got to deal with our dependence on oil, with incentives and conservation to allow that to happen.

Source: CT 2006 Debate with Al Terzi, moderator (X-ref Lieberman) , Oct 19, 2006

Cheney Energy Bill lost chance for comprehensive energy plan

LAMONT: After 9/11, there was a sense that people were ready to do the right thing for energy independence. Instead Dick Cheney invited 100 of his favorite energy CEOs and lobbyists behind closed doors, and they passed the Energy Bill. It provided billions of dollars in subsidies to Exxon-Mobil, but did nothing in terms of weaning us from foreign oil; did nothing in terms of fuel economy standards; nothing in terms of conservation that would reduce our need. Sen. Lieberman was one of the only New England Senators to sign onto that bill. It was a bad bill.

LIEBERMAN: The Energy Bill has the most substantial incentives for energy conservation and alternative energy that Congress has ever adopted.

LAMONT: The real problem with that energy bill was along with production incentives, that was the time to put efficiency standards, to put together a comprehensive energy plan that would have meant real energy independence. For Sen. Lieberman to sign onto that bill we lost that opportunity.

Source: CT 2006 Debate with Al Terzi, moderator , Oct 19, 2006

Cheney energy bill keeps us dependent on foreign oil

After 9/11, our country would have done just about anything our government asked us to do, and there was nothing more important than energy conservation to free us from this dependence upon foreign oil. Instead, V.P. Cheney invited 50 of his favorite lobbyists behind closed doors and passed the energy bill nicknamed “no lobbyist left behind.” It was a bad bill. It was loaded with tax subsidies for big oil and did little for conservation and freeing us from a horrible dependence upon Middle East oil. Since that bill has passed, look at what’s happened to the price of gasoline.

Look what Jimmy Carter did 20 years ago. We doubled the fuel mileage standards of our automobiles. We greatly increased the fuel efficiency of our appliances, and the price of gasoline went down for the next 20 years. We got a little fat and happy and we started driving SUV’s again. But now is the time to deal with conservation in a serious way. And Sen. Lieberman’s support of the Dick Cheney energy bill was a mistake.

Source: 2006 Connecticut Democratic Senate Primary debate , Jul 6, 2006

Overarching plan for clean energy and energy independence

Following the tragedy of 9/11, America had a unique opportunity to begin liberating itself from dependence upon foreign oil, which would not only strengthen our position in the war on terror but also reduce CO2 emissions & their disastrous environmental effects. Instead, Congress passed the 2005 Energy Bill, which featured billions in subsidies to big oil and did little for conservation and energy efficiency.

Clean energy is not only important to our economic and national security, but the future of the planet hangs in the balance. By 2025, China & India will double their oil consumption.

I support an overarching plan for clean energy and energy independence: basic research, higher mileage per gallon standards, disincentives for high polluting and gas guzzling users and incentives for high mileage, and clean energy alternatives. Energy independence and the environment must be an integral part of every public policy decision.

Source: 2006 Senate campaign website, www.NedLamont.com , May 2, 2006

Bush energy bill loaded with tax giveaways to oil lobby

Q: What is your perspective on what we need to be doing in terms of our energy situation?

A: 9/11 was a terrible tragedy, but also it was a new start for this country, and we missed an opportunity to get serious about energy independence, energy conservation and global warming-they’re all tied together. Instead, Bush passed the energy bill. It was a terrible piece of legislation loaded with tax giveaways to the oil producers and the nuclear lobby. This bad piece of legislation was overwhelmingly opposed by the environmentalists out there and supported by Sen. Lieberman. First and foremost, we ought to be looking at conservation, we ought to have tax incentives for conservation and we ought to make that a national priority. Secondly, we ought to have tax incentives for renewables. That’s how we’re going to free ourselves from, as Tom Friedman said, paying for both sides of the war on terror with our addiction to foreign oil.

Source: Sam Seder interview on “The Randi Rhodes Show” , Mar 10, 2006

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