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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?
Keith EllisonKeith Ellison ANSWER OPTION: I supported a Renewable Electricity Standard, requiring electric utilities to produce at least 15 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2020. The same piece of legislation eliminated or reduced $13 billion in giveaways to oil companies and other energy giants. I oppose drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
CANDIDATE'S POSITION: Ellison campaign (More Info)

Barb WhiteBarb White ANSWER OPTION: We need to encourage environmentally responsible exploration of domestic energy supplies; limit red tape on domestic refineries, encourage alternative energy such as nuclear power and natural gas.
CANDIDATE'S POSITION: The goal of a Federal Energy Policy should be to enhance national energy security within the context of the global market. Therefore, we need to increase supply; change or diversify demand and allow for governmental incentives to both existing and emerging technologies in the form of tax breaks and research and development aid. We need to repeal the $18 billion dollar ethanol subsidies. One quarter of American corn is turned into fuel. Fuel and food prices are now linked in the form of biofuels and have wreaked havoc on the world's food markets and people are going hungry. The World Bank estimates the amount of corn needed to fill one SUV's tank with biofuel is enough to feed 1 person for an entire year. We need to boost supply and enhance productivity. The US is the only oil producing country which restricts development of a substantial amount of its energy production. We need to encourage environmentally responsible exploration of domestic energy supplies; limit red tape on domestic refineries, encourage alternative energy such as nuclear power and natural gas. (More Info)