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Candidate Positions on Energy policy

Read the full responses from candidates below. “Answer option” is the choice given in the quiz, and “Candidate’s position” shows the candidate’s response to MPR News.

Question: What is your plan for meeting future energy needs?
David DillonDavid Dillon ANSWER OPTION: A policy of investing in solar and wind energy through tax incentives and production credits will help these renewable sources compete in a marketplace massively distorted by subsidies.
CANDIDATE'S POSITION: Short-term next election focused thinking is preventing a coordinated US energy policy that will reduce costs for consumers while protecting the environment. A policy of BOTH encouraging conservation of oil (through tax incentives and regulation) and allowing for greater production will bring both lower costs and environmental benefits. A policy of investing in solar and wind energy through tax incentives and production credits will help these renewable sources compete in a marketplace massively distorted by subsidies. Incentives for corn ethanol should be scaled back and focused on Research and Development. A massive federal program such as the former Manhattan project should be created to bring Fusion power to the marketplace. (More Info)

Ashwin MadiaAshwin Madia ANSWER OPTION: Expanding the use of homegrown energy and funding for sustainable energy programs like wind, biomass, and biofuels.
CANDIDATE'S POSITION: Expanding the use of homegrown energy offers incredible economic opportunity for states like Minnesota, and for our nation as a whole. I support the use of a mandatory cap and trade system for carbon dioxide emissions. I also support expanded federal incentives for sustainable energy programs like wind, biomass, and biofuels. Developing the innovative solutions to global climate change are a central component of our emerging green economy. (More Info)

Erik PaulsenErik Paulsen ANSWER OPTION: We must reduce our dependence on foreign oil and seek public-private partnerships that pursue market-based alternatives, from nuclear to solar to wind to other renewables. This also includes exploring domestic oil and natural-gas resources.
CANDIDATE'S POSITION: America's dependence on foreign oil is a national security issue. We must reduce our dependence on foreign oil and seek public-private partnerships that pursue market-based alternatives, from nuclear to solar to wind to other renewables. With the proper incentives, we can jump-start an entirely new job-creating industry of green innovation and technology for the future. (More Info)