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"We must become independent from foreign sources of oil. This will mean a combination of efforts related to conservation and efficiency measures, developing alternative sources of energy like ]biodiesel], ethanol, nuclear, and coal gasification, and finding more domestic sources of oil such as in ANWR or the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS)." - Governor Mitt Romney

 

 

Governor Mitt Romney on the Current Environmental Debate

Friday, Feb 23, 2007

 

Boston, MA – Today, Governor Mitt Romney issued the following statement on the current environmental debate:

 

"Governor Mark Sanford is right. Unfortunately, some in the Republican Party are embracing the radical environmental ideas of the liberal left. As governor, I found that thoughtful environmentalism need not be anti-growth and anti-jobs. But Kyoto-style sweeping mandates, imposed unilaterally in the United States, would kill jobs, depress growth and shift manufacturing to the dirtiest developing nations."

 

"Republicans should never abandon pro-growth conservative principles in an effort to embrace the ideas of Al Gore. Instead of sweeping mandates, we must use America's power of innovation to develop alternative sources of energy and new technologies that use energy more efficiently."

 

Governor Mitt Romney and the Environment

 

Subcategories

 

ANWR

Business and the Environment

Smart Growth

 

Quotes from Governor Mitt Romney on the "environment"

  1. He said, “Summer is right around the corner, and so our thoughts naturally turn to the outdoors and, most especially for those of us in Massachusetts, long days spent at the beach and on the water,” said Romney. “It’s also a reminder to all of us that we have a special obligation to our children and future generations to be active stewards in protecting our beaches, waters and coastline,” he added. (Taken from a 06-13-2003 Press Release)
  2. “Massachusetts has been a national leader in the effort to clean up our oldest and dirtiest power plants,” said Romney. “The implementation of these new mercury standards, coupled with major reductions in other air pollutants now underway, will ensure that the citizens of the Commonwealth will breathe the cleanest air possible.” (Taken from a 09-19-2003 Press Release)
  3. “Economic success and environmental protection go hand in hand,” said Romney. “The steps we are taking today will ensure a cleaner environment and a brighter future for generations to come.” (Taken from a 05-06-2004 Press Release)
  4. “Last year’s oil spill in Buzzards Bay was a black menace on the sea. It was an insult to our environment, damaging habitats for endangered species, jeopardizing the livelihood of citizens employed in the local fisheries and interrupting our tourism and recreation industries,” Romney said. “We must do everything in our power to reduce the likelihood of a future spill. This legislation is our best defense,” he added. (Taken from a 08-04-2004 Press Release)
  5. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts cracked down on environmental violators at a record pace in the last fiscal year, hiking enforcement actions by 54 percent and assessed penalties by 49 percent. These results were achieved even as costs were reduced by nearly one-third at the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). "Innovative programs and cutting-edge technologies are being used today to protect our environment,” Governor Mitt Romney said. “Massachusetts will continue to be a national leader in environmental protection by utilizing these new tools to target environmental scofflaws.” (Taken from a 09-27-2004 Press Release)
  6. “Combining affordable housing and environmentally-friendly smart growth isn’t just about dollars and cents. It’s about promoting common sense,” said Romney. “By simultaneously investing in affordable housing and smart growth, Green Communities will help support our economy while maintaining the kind of diversity and healthy environment that makes Massachusetts such a great place to work, live and raise a family.”(Taken from a 07-07-2005 Press Release)
  7. “The Buzzards Bay oil spill had a profound impact on the environment and quality of life here on the South Coast, and we vowed at that time to do all we could to prevent such disasters from happening again,” Romney said. “We have delivered on that promise. Our vessel safety requirements are stronger, financial penalties have been significantly increased, and now Buzzards Bay coastal communities have the emergency equipment they need if disaster strikes again.” (Taken from a 11-04-2005 Press Release)
  8. “Massachusetts continues to be committed to improving air quality for all our citizens. These carbon emission limits will provide real and immediate progress in the battle to improve our environment,” Romney said. “They help us accomplish our environmental goals while protecting jobs and the economy.” Massachusetts is the first and only state to set CO2 emissions limits on power plants. The limits, which target the six largest and oldest power plants in the state, are the toughest in the nation and are designed to lower emissions of nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide and mercury from power plant smokestacks. (Taken from a 12-07-2005 Press Release)

 

Governor Mitt Romney Environmental Press Releases

2003

01-22-2003, ROMNEY TIES JOB GROWTH TO CLEANER ENVIRONMENT

02-06-2003, ROMNEY, HEALEY ENFORCE POWER PLANT REGULATIONS

03-25-2003, ROMNEY ANNOUNCES OCEAN MANAGEMENT TASK FORCE

05-20-2003, ROMNEY PROPOSES TOUGHER PENALTIES FOR OIL SPILLS

06-13-2003, ROMNEY TEAMS UP WITH EPA TO PROTECT MASS COASTLINE

09-19-2003, ROMNEY ANNOUNCES NEW MERCURY EMISSION REGULATIONS

10-31-2003, ROMNEY SIGNS BILL TO RESTORE INLAND FISH AND GAME FUND

 

2004

05-06-2004, ROMNEY UNVEILS CLIMATE PROTECTION PLAN FOR MASSACHUSETTS

08-04-2004, ROMNEY SIGNS LEGISLATION TO PREVENT OIL SPILLS

08-20-2004, ROMNEY ADMINISTRATION SIGNS ANIMAL CRUELTY LEGISLATION

09-27-2004, COSTS ARE DOWN, BUT ENVIRONMENTAL ENFORCEMENT IS UP

12-20-2004, ROMNEY REACHES AGREEMENT TO CLEAN UP CAPE COD POWER PLANT

 

2005

02-10-2005, ROMNEY AWARDS SMART GROWTH ASSISTANCE GRANTS TO 12 CITIES

03-18-2005, ROMNEY FILES LEGISLATION TO PROTECT STATE'S OCEAN WATERS

03-16-2006, ROMNEY ANNOUNCES $516.5 MILLION TO SUPPORT SMART GROWTH IN MASSACHUSETTS

07-07-2005, ROMNEY ANNOUNCES MASSACHUSETTS GREEN COMMUNITIES INITIATIVE

10-07-2005, ROMNEY AND U.S. ENERGY SECRETARY BODMAN JOIN TO PRESENT EASY WAYS TO SAVE ENERGY THIS WINTER

11-04-2005, ROMNEY DELIVERS OIL SPILL EMERGENCY RESPONSE TRAILERS TO BUZZARDS BAY COMMUNITIES

11-04-2005-, ROMNEY SIGNS NICOLE'S LAW

12-07-2005, ROMNEY ANNOUNCES STRICT NEW CLEAN AIR REGULATIONS TO TAKE EFFECT JANUARY 1

 

2006

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2007

 

This is what the current Wikipedia article says:

 

Romney supports regulation of greenhouse gas emissions, primarily through voluntary measures68 He issued a 72-point Climate Protection Plan. His staffers spent more than $500,000 negotiating the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI--pronounced "Reggie"), which Romney praised in November 2005, saying "I'm convinced it is good business."67 As plan details were being worked out, Romney pushed for a cap on fees charged to businesses who exceed emission limits citing concerns of increased consumer energy costs. He stated: "New England has the highest energy rates in the country, and RGGI would cost us more." This ongoing disagreement eventually led Romney, in December, 2005, to pull out of RGGI and Rhode Island Governor Donald Carcieri quickly followed suit.

 

In 2003, Romney appointed environmental advocate Douglas I. Foy (former president of the Conservation Law Foundation) to head the state development office.69. Foy resigned in February of 2006 after Romney announced he would not seek re-election.70

 

Romney opposes the controversial Cape Wind offshore wind farm proposal because of its visual detriment to Nantucket, saying that Nantucket "is a critical location for the state, and placing wind turbines there would be detrimental."

 

I tried adding the following, but it was removed:

 

Governor Mitt Romney supports drilling in ANWR. He said this on Chris Mathews' Hardball; “I think we ought to have more oil. We ought to develop more sources of oil so that we can increase our supply. But the last thing I want to do is suck it all dry as quickly as we can. I want use less of it.” He also answered "yes" when asked specifically asked if he supported drilling in ANWR.

 

I don't know why that would be removed, but I think the Wikipedia Environment section needs lots of work! I don't think they want to go too in-depth into the issue, so lets make this website the comprehensive place for his environmental policy.

 

Governor Mitt Romney's Environmental Advisor:

Stephen R Pritchard

Secretary, Executive Office of Environmental Affairs

Environment in paragraph form

http://grist.org/

http://sanity.blog-city.com/read/environment.htm

 

Environmental Debate

There are lots of things that we can do to improve the environment.

He should support the Cape Wind project.

He should joing RGGI the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

Mitt Romney is an advocate of common sense ways to save energy.

Reasons to agree:

  1. “As a state, Massachusetts and its people have led the way in pursuing energy efficient programs for our homes and businesses,” said Romney. “This year, it’s especially important for consumers to know that winter doesn't have to burn a hole in their wallet. Families can save hundreds of dollars by following some common sense tips.” (Taken from a 10-07-2005 Press Release)

 

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Debate

  1. Lawns are bad for the environment.

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