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OUT OF ENERGY -- Kerry's Energy Plan Independent Of Reality
Republican National Committee ^ | October 11, 2004 | RNC Research

Posted on 10/11/2004 6:25:43 PM PDT by PhiKapMom

Monday, October 11, 2004
Out Of Energy



Kerry's Energy Plan
Independent Of Reality


Kerry Energy Advisers Believe Kerry's Energy Plan Is "Unrealistic And Misleading."  "The idea of a United States independent of Middle East oil is a touchstone of Senator John Kerry's campaign and a huge crowd pleaser, but has divided and exasperated many of his most experienced energy advisers.  Some advisers say they worry that Mr. Kerry's focus on freeing the United States from reliance on oil from the Persian Gulf, the linchpin of the energy plan he released on Thursday, is unrealistic and misleading and that hammering away at it would erode Mr. Kerry's credibility with business, the news media and other countries." (Neela Banerjee, "Kerry Goal Of Independence From Middle East Oil Divides Advisers," The New York Times, 8/7/04)


Kerry Vowed "We Can No Longer Tolerate A Dependence On Foreign Oil" But Criticizes Bush Administration For Proposing Drilling In ANWR. "The Bush Administration thinks we can drill our way out of our energy problems. And their solution is to drill in one of our precious national treasures - the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. That's not an energy policy, that's simply the needless pursuit of profit."(Sen. John Kerry, Remarks At John F. Kennedy Library, Boston, MA, 2/9/03)

However, Teamsters And Other Labor Groups Support Oil Exploration In ANWR. "The Teamsters and other labor groups support the inclusion of oil and gas leasing on the coastal plain of the ANWR in the National Energy Security Act of 2001. More than 735,000 new jobs would be created by the legislation."(International Brotherhood Of Teamsters, "Teamsters Lead Grassroots ANWR Support," Press Release, 4/17/01)

ü      Teamsters' President James Hoffa Called The Vote Against ANWR A "Betrayal Of Working Americans."  (Richard Simon, "Senate Blocks Oil Drilling In Arctic Reserve," Los Angeles Times, 4/19/02)

ü      Teamsters Ran Ads Against Kerry In Florida.  "Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., has become a target of Teamsters ads because he has vowed to mount a filibuster, an extended procedural delay, to try to kill Arctic oil drilling. Kerry is a potential 2004 presidential candidate. The Teamsters are running ads against Kerry in Florida, a state with the one of the biggest Democratic fund-raising bases and a crucial Southern presidential primary. The union also is set to run anti-Kerry radio ads in Iowa, which holds an early presidential caucus."  (James Kuhnhenn, "Unions, Environmentalists Clash," Monterey County Herald, 2/27/02)

ANWR Could Replace Saudi Arabian Oil. "Indeed, the United States is sitting on an untapped oil supply that could replace 30 years worth of U.S. oil imports from Saudi Arabia, the world's biggest oil producer, according to the National Center for Policy Analysis. But because of hysterical opposition from environmental activists, Kerry and his fellow Democrats in Congress have absolutely refused to allow any oil development whatsoever in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in northeastern Alaska. … Yet, candidate Kerry continues to oppose opening up the Arctic refuge to oil development, no matter how many billions of barrels of oil lie beneath its 19.5 million acres."  (Joseph Perkins, Op-Ed, "One Sure Way To Lower Gasoline Prices," The San Diego Union-Tribune, 4/2/04)


Kerry Missed Votes On Ethanol, CAFE Standards, Initial Passage Of The Energy Bill And Helped Kill The President's Energy Plan By Missing Vote On Cloture. (S. 14, CQ Vote #203: Rejected 35-60: R 19-31; D 16-28; I 0-1, 6/3/03, Kerry Did Not Vote; S. 14, CQ Vote #204: Rejected 34-62: R 21-30; D 13-31; I 0-1, 6/3/03, Kerry Did Not Vote; S. 14, CQ Vote #206: Rejected 34-62: R 21-30; D 13-31; I 0-1, 6/4/03, Kerry Did Not Vote; S. 14, CQ Vote #218: Motion Agreed To 55-44: R 47-4; D 8-39; I 0-1, 6/11/03, Kerry Did Not Vote; S. 14, CQ Vote #219: Motion Agreed To 52-47: R 51-0; D 1-46; I 0-1, 6/11/03, Kerry Did Not Vote; S. 14, CQ Vote #309: Rejected 32-65: R 4-47; D 27-18; I 1-0, 7/29/03, Kerry Did Not Vote; S. 14, CQ Vote #310: Adopted 66-30: R 45-6; D 21-23; I 0-1, 7/29/03, Kerry Did Not Vote; S. 14, CQ Vote #311: Rejected 48-50: R 4-47; D 43-3; I 1-0, 7/30/03, Kerry Did Not Vote; S. 14, CQ Vote #313: Motion Agreed To 53-44: R 48-3; D 5-40; I 0-1, 7/30/03, Kerry Did Not Vote; S. 14, CQ Vote #314: Motion Agreed To 54-44: R 47-4; D 7-39; I 0-1, 7/30/03, Kerry Did Not Vote; S. 14, CQ Vote #315: Motion Agreed To 50-48: R 42-8; D 8-39; I 0-1, 7/30/03, Kerry Did Not Vote; H.R. 6, CQ Vote #317: Passed 84-14: R 48-3; D 35-11; I 1-0, 7/31/03, Kerry Did Not Vote; H.R. 6, CQ Vote #456: Motion Rejected 57-40: R 44-7; D 13-32; I 0-1, 11/21/03, Kerry Did Not Vote; S. 150, CQ Vote #74: Motion Rejected 55-43: R 39-12; D 16-30; I 0-1, 4/29/04, Kerry Did Not Vote)


Kerry's Support For Climate Stewardship Act Hurts Coal Industry. "By 2025, average delivered prices to covered entities increase … 485 percent for coal. … The costs of the allowances add to the effective price of fossil fuels delivered to the covered sectors. The large percentage increase in the cost of coal reflects both its high carbon content and its relatively low initial price. On a dollar-per-Btu basis, coal remains the lowest cost fossil fuel under the bill, but its use is expected to be greatly reduced as a direct consequence of the allowance program." ("Analysis Of S.139, The Climate Stewardship Act Of 2003," Energy Information Administration, 6/03)

ü      Even Though He Missed 64% Of Votes In 2003, Kerry Skipped New Hampshire Campaign Events To Vote On Climate Stewardship Act. "Sen. Kerry has been fighting throughout his public career to reduce greenhouse gases and hold corporate polluters accountable, so he wanted to be there to cast his vote," said Kerry spokesman Mark Kornblau. (Jordan Carleo-Evangelist, "NH's Senators Split On Bill To Cut Greenhouse Gases," The [Manchester, NH] Union Leader, 10/31/03; All Voting Data From CQ Floor Votes. Kerry Missed 292 Of 459 Votes In The First Session Of The 108th Congress.)

Unions For Jobs And The Environment, Which Includes United Mine Workers Of America, Against Climate Stewardship Act. "Mandatory emission requirements for carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases would create much higher energy prices for consumers and put the economy at risk, while providing little or no tangible benefit for the global environment. … Voluntary programs and innovative ideas for market-based incentives offer a way to find more creative and sustainable means to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to perfect new technologies as they come on line." (Unions For Jobs And The Environment, Letter To United States Senators, 9/9/03)

Kerry Press Release Referred To Coal As "Dirty Energy" Source"Support for dirty energy sources, not renewables.  Bush's energy plan supports more than twice as many direct subsidies for dirty energy sources such as coal, oil and gas, and nuclear as for clean renewable energy such as wind, solar and geothermal."  (John Kerry For President, "Kerry Takes On The Top Ten Bush Polluter Pleasers," 11/13/03)


Kerry Says He Wants Alternative Energy Sources, But Won't Weigh In On Cape Wind Farm Project In His Own Backyard. "Kerry insisted it's proper to let the environmental review continue and not to short-circuit public comment. 'I don't think it is appropriate for me (to weigh in). I think the most appropriate thing to do is listen to the people on the Cape, listen to the people who have concerns, weigh the arguments,' he said." (Kevin Landrigan, "Kerry Offers Ways To Fight Pollution," The [Nashua, NH] Telegraph, 4/23/03)

In September 2004, Kerry Reaffirmed His Refusal To Endorse Cape Wind. "So far, Kerry has balked at endorsing the project, saying he is waiting to review an Army Corps of Engineers draft report expected to be released later this fall. 'I believe that wind energy can, and should play an important role in supplying a portion of our future energy needs,' Kerry said in a written response to The Seattle Times. 'The Cape Wind project is the first of its kind in the nation. And like ... major environmental groups, I will wait until the Environmental Impact Study is complete before making a final decision on the project.' … [E]veryone is waiting to see if the plan passes muster with the Army Corps of Engineers, and the junior Democratic senator from Massachusetts." (Hal Bernton, "Kerry Yet To Take A Position On Giant Wind-Power Project," The Seattle Times, 9/30/04)

Multiple Environmental Groups Are For Project. "In addition to Greenpeace, the Natural Resource Defense Council, the World Wildlife Fund, the Conservation Law Foundation and Friends of the Earth have spoken favorably of the project."(Sam Dealey, "Wind Farm Is An Issue For Kerry," The Hill, 6/18/03)

Kerry Advisers Say Kerry's Attacks On Saudi Arabia Are "Irresponsible, Asinine."  "The advisers, who include independent analysts, former staff members from Congress and the Clinton administration, and a few industry executives, contend that Mr. Kerry's regular jabs at Saudi Arabia in particular could be construed by many in the Middle East as anti-Arab, at a time when the United States may need the help of other Arab nations to improve the situation in Iraq.   'It goes down well in Omaha, so they use it,' said one expert from the oil sector who advises the campaign and who, like other advisers, spoke on condition of anonymity. 'Though there are people who say that this is irresponsible, asinine so don't use it.'  He added: 'I'm concerned and frustrated. It's been around for months.'"  (Neela Banerjee, "Kerry Goal Of Independence From Middle East Oil Divides Advisers," The New York Times, 8/7/04)

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