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DEB FISCHER BLASTS BOB KERREY’S SUPPORT OF CAP AND TRADE

March 13, 2012

DEB FISCHER BLASTS BOB KERREY’S SUPPORT OF CAP AND TRADE

With energy costs rising, Kerrey supports job-killing policy harmful to Nebraska

March 13, 2012 – Today, Senator Deb Fischer, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, blasted Bob Kerrey’s strong support for Cap and Trade legislation.

“With the price of gas approaching $4.00 a gallon in Nebraska, Congress needs to develop a comprehensive energy plan that lowers costs,” Senator Fischer said.   “However, implementing Cap and Trade would be devastating to Nebraska’s economy and drive up costs for consumers.   It will raise energy prices by 30%, increase taxes by over $1 trillion, and eliminate thousands of American jobs.  Bob Kerrey’s support of cap and trade is completely irresponsible.  A more productive approach to lowering energy costs is eliminating needless regulations and increasing domestic production of energy, which I detailed in my plan to reduce energy costs.”

In a recent Omaha World-Herald article, Kerrey cited climate change as one of the reasons he entered the U.S. Senate Race.

            “Kerrey said climate change is among the compelling problems facing the country that prompted him to enter the race to succeed retiring Sen. Ben Nelson,    also a Democrat. ‘Whether you solve it with cap and trade or some alternative, if   you don’t solve it, I think it’s one that in short order we’re going to regret not doing,’ Kerrey said.”

            -Omaha World-Herald, March 12, 2012, Click here for full article

During his many years in New York, Kerrey has been an outspoken advocate for a federal cap and trade program.  According to video from a recent Kerrey speech to New School, he was recently lobbying U.S. Senators to vote for cap and trade.

            “I’m on the board of National Resources Defense Council, and climate change legislation is the top of their agenda.  And uh, I have the uh, I would say unenviable task of trying to persuade 8 to 10 Senators to vote in the affirmative.” 

            -Bob Kerrey Speech to New School, Click here for full video

“While Bob Kerrey’s been on the East Coast, he’s been attempting to appease liberal activists by giving speeches boasting about his lobbying efforts for cap and trade.  Meanwhile, in Nebraska, energy costs skyrocket on Nebraska families, seniors and businesses. Bob Kerrey is completely out-of-touch with Nebraska on his support for Cap and Trade,” said Senator Fischer.

Even Ben Nelson opposed Cap and Trade, citing in a May 2010 column that such legislation would “adversely impact states like Nebraska.”

At this point, it’s difficult to see how the cap and trade system could avoid hurting states like Nebraska.  I am skeptical that putting a ‘cap’ on greenhouse gas emissions and then having a system for power plants and others to ‘trade’  allowances for emissions they produce will work without adversely impacting states like Nebraska.”

            -Ben Nelson Column, Click here for full column

“I disagree with Ben Nelson on many issues, but I agree with his assessment that cap and trade would seriously damage Nebraska,” Senator Fischer said.  “If elected to the U.S. Senate, I will put Nebraska’s interests first and fight against cap and trade.  If Bob Kerrey is elected to the U.S. Senate, he will fight for a cap and trade program that is devastating to Nebraska.”

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Senator Deb Fischer’s Plan to Reduce Energy Costs

March 8, 2012

Senator Deb Fischer’s Plan to Reduce Energy Costs

Our Country Must Reduce Its Reliance On Foreign Oil

Washington has failed to reduce America’s dependency on oil from overseas.  Our country’s reliance on foreign oil emboldens undemocratic regimes, creates national security risks and costs U.S. jobs.  Moreover, the costs of transporting energy from overseas are passed onto consumers.

We are blessed to have an abundance of natural resources in this country; and if managed correctly, we can become energy independent, while preserving our country’s landscape for our children.

Our energy policy needs to be market-based with energy producers participating in the market freely, without excessive and burdensome regulations.  Energy independence is a matter of national security and as a U.S. Senator, a top priority will be by setting a legislative agenda to reduce our need for foreign oil.

My priorities include eliminating excessive government regulations, supporting more domestic production of oil, promoting nuclear and coal power, and encouraging private-sector exploration of alternative energy.

1.  Reduce Burdensome Regulations

One of the biggest challenges facing energy policy in the U.S. is overregulation and overreach by federal agencies, especially by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).   The liberal bureaucrats are out of touch with Americans and seek to make excessive protection of the environment a priority over the welfare of U.S. citizens, as illustrated by their attempt to limit farm dust.  I oppose such a regulation.  The only way to stop our reliance on foreign oil is to remove the bureaucratic obstacles and crippling regulations that prevent energy independence and job creation.

  • The EPA must be reformed and possibly eliminated.  Congress needs to use the mechanisms at its disposal to reduce the size and scope of the agency.  As a U.S. Senator, I will limit funding, eliminate excessive bureaucracy and block any EPA appointment where the candidate has a record of implementing onerous regulations.
  • I support making the EPA’s current greenhouse gas regulations less restrictive, allowing businesses the flexibility to respond to market forces without stifling competition.
  • As a U.S. Senator, I would make it a priority to enact a system that requires Congressional approval of any regulation with a significant economic impact.  Congress needs to exercise its oversight authority of these out of control agencies.
  • I strongly oppose a Cap and Trade policy in any form, unlike Bob Kerrey.  Cap and trade would be devastating to small businesses and families.  Estimates show that cap and trade would raise energy prices by 30%, increase taxes by over $1 trillion, and eliminate thousands of American jobs.

2.  Encourage More Domestic Oil Production

The Obama Administration’s frequent denial of offshore drilling permits is having a tremendous negative impact on our economy—just look at our rising gas prices.  At the beginning of President Obama’s term, gas prices were $1.85, today the average is $3.70.  Building refineries increases our domestic production capacity and as a U.S. Senator I would work to eliminate burdensome regulations and provide an environment to encourage the building of new refineries in the U.S.

  • I support off-shore and domestic drilling in order to increase our domestic production and lessen our dependence on foreign oil.
  • I also support drilling in ANWR, which would be another step towards energy independence. Only 8% of ANWR would be considered for exploration, approximately 1.5 million acres.  According to a U.S. Geological Survey, drilling in ANWR could yield 16 billion barrels of oil, which is close to 30 years of oil imports from Saudi Arabia.  Opening ANWR is predicted to bring in $2.5 billion of net federal revenue over the next decade through leasing fees if Congress allows drilling to begin, according to the CBO.
  • Federal lands should also be opened for oil shale development.  Oil shale in the U.S. could produce up to three times the oil as Saudi Arabia and create thousands of American jobs.
  • After leaders in the Nebraska Legislature worked with TransCanada to find a reasonable route for the Keystone XL Pipeline, President Obama and Congress are continuing to play politics as usual with this issue.  Construction of the pipeline has now been delayed until after the 2012 elections.  I support construction of the Keystone XL pipeline in order to lower gas prices and create thousands of American jobs.

3.  Expand Nuclear and Coal Power

For our nation to meet rising energy needs, expanding nuclear and coal power at home should be part of our long-term energy plan.

  • I support the promotion of nuclear power and clean coal technology, which will lower energy costs, make the U.S. energy independent and create jobs.
  • According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, America currently possesses 27.5% of the world’s coal.  We must expand coal power plants, whether it is our current coal-fired plants or newer clean coal technology.
  • Nuclear energy accounts for less then 20% of the electricity produced in the U.S.  I support reducing onerous, excessive regulations, making it easier to obtain permits to build nuclear power plants. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission did not approve the creation of a nuclear power plant from 1978 to February 2012—this is completely unacceptable.

4.  Further the Development of Alternative Energy

Alternative energy must also be a player in our country’s energy policy.  I support efforts to explore new sources of energy from wind to solar power, including the use of ethanol, which is important to the economy in Nebraska.  We need to advance those technologies so they can be competitive with fossil fuels without placing undue regulations on businesses.

  • I believe the private sector should lead the development of alternative energy.
  • I support encouraging our universities, colleges and research institutions to study energy conservation and alternative energy solutions.
  • The federal government needs to let market forces drive the development of alternative energy.  The government should not be able to pick winners and losers in the race for alternative energy production.  Innovators should be free to create, and hopefully, we will have safe, cost-effective alternatives to oil in the near future.

 


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Deb Fischer Statement on Bob Kerrey’s Entry into U.S. Senate Race

February 29, 2012

Deb Fischer Statement on Bob Kerrey’s Entry into U.S. Senate Race

“I welcome Bob Kerrey to the U.S. Senate race. Mr. Kerrey’s candidacy will certainly provide voters with a stark contrast between my conservative positions on issues and his liberal views,” Senator Deb Fischer said. “His statements in support of government-run health care, cap and trade, tax increases and partial-birth abortion are just a few of the issues where I believe it’s evident how out of touch Mr. Kerrey is with Nebraskans.”

“I’m glad that Nebraskans will have a real choice in this campaign. I’m a lifelong Nebraskan, wife, mother, small business owner, rancher and conservative, while Mr. Kerrey has become even more liberal during his years living in New York City, removed from the core values of Nebraskans,” Fischer said.

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