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How Missouri Voters Can Make Their Vote Green

February 12, 2012

By: Megan Noe

Last week’s primary may have failed to pull many Missouri voters to the polls.

But next month, Missouri voters have another shot. At caucuses around the state on March 17, they’ll actually determine Missouri’s Republican delegates.

We’ve heard about immigration. Abortion. Taxes. Healthcare.

But where do the top GOP candidates stand on environmental issues?

Here are some of the highlights:

Rick Stantorum

President Obama, you may remember, tried to pass cap-and-trade and tried to get control not only of the health care system but of the energy industry… using this facade of man-made global warming. I stood up and fought against those things. Why? because they will destroy the very foundation of prosperity in our country.

–       Dismisses man-made global warming as a “façade”

–       Supports removing bans on drilling onshore and off

–       Supports the construction of the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline

–       Wants to repeal the EPA’s greenhouse gas regulations

–       Wants to restructure the Department of Energy, saying it spends too much money on technologies to reduce CO2 emissions and alternative-energy vehicles

Source: Rick Santorum Campaign Site

Mitt Romney

I don’t speak for the scientific community, of course, but I believe the world’s getting warmer. I can’t prove that, but I believe based on what I read that the world is getting warmer. And number two, I believe that humans contribute to that. I don’t know how much our contribution is to that, because I know that there have been periods of greater heat and warmth in the past, but I believe we contribute to that.

–       Believes humans contribute to climate change

–       Supports a free market approach to handling environmental issues

–       As governor, supported creation of a regional cap-and-trade system for power plants but backed off before program launched

–       Supports amending Clean Air Act to exclude carbon dioxide

–       Wants to concentrate alternative energy funding on basic research and not steer investment

Source: Mitt Romney Campaign Site

Newt Gingrich

Contrary to popular belief, America has more energy than any nation on earth. All that’s keeping us from becoming energy independent is a lack of political will to do so.”

–       Has never stood with conservatives who dismiss evidence of human causation of climate change as a hoax

–       Has at times advocated cap and trade legislation when combined with other approaches

–       Wants to replace the EPA with an Environmental Solutions Agency that would use incentives and work with local government and industry

–       Supports financing cleaner energy research and projects with new oil and gas royalties

–       Wrote book on his views of the environment called “A Contract With the Earth” in 2007

Source: Newt Gingrich Campaign Site

Ron Paul

You know, the greatest hoax I think that has been around in many, many years if not hundreds of years has been this hoax on the environment and global warming. You notice they don’t call it global warming anymore. It’s weather control.” 

–       Supports eliminating the EPA, calling it ineffective. Says polluters should answer directly to property owners in court for damages they create.

–       Supports the free market as the solution to America’s energy needs

–       Wants to remove restrictions on oil drilling and lift government roadblocks to the use of coal and nuclear power

–       Supports tax credits for the purchase and production of alternative fuel technologies

Source: Ron Paul Campaign Site

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