Alternative energy hates Ted Cruz, and particularly in Iowa. Is this a one-time thing? Or do green energy environmentalists have it out for the Republican Senator from Texas and presidential candidate in the long term. What was found is interesting.
- Opposition to the Renewable Fuel Standard – As part of the Obama administration’s push to add renewable fuels to the general supply, the administration has created the Renewable Fuel Standard. This requires 18 billion gallons of ethanol and other biofuels to be incorporated into the fuel supply this year no matter the cost to the already over-stressed energy industry and food supply. Ted Cruz has opposed this regulation (even though it has hurt him in the crucial state of Iowa) and called for a free energy marketplace and for the nation to “embrace all of the energy resources with which God has blessed America: oil and gas, nuclear, wind, solar, and biofuels and ethanol. But Washington shouldn’t be picking winners and losers.”
- Opposition to Clean Power Plan – The Clean Power Plan is the EPA’s attempt to reduce CO2 emissions by 30% by the year 2030. Ted Cruz and others have argued that the regulation would add extra burden to struggling farmers and small businesses, as well as give the government the authority to limit the usage of electricity in homes and businesses.
- Highest Ranked Conservative on Environment – Cruz scored an 87 out of 100 on the Bing Political Index on environmental issues, making him the leading presidential conservative on the issue, with Donald Trump coming in at second. The most liberal of presidential candidates was Bernie Sanders with a score of 70 out of 100 on environmental issues and Hillary Clinton a close second with 69.
- The Energy Renaissance – As stated on Cruz’s official site, he wants to being a new era in the U.S. with an all of the above approach to the issue of energy. This includes building the Keystone Pipeline and other similar structures, empowering the private sector to create jobs, removing federal restrictions on energy exploration and development, and allowing for the export of U.S. energy.
- Ted Cruz’s Self Declared War on Energy Bureaucrats – As part of his Five for Freedom plan, Senator Cruz would like to shrink the power of the federal government by eventually eliminating five large departments, including the Department of Energy. The goal for elimination of the DOE is to “cut off the Washington Cartel, stop picking winners and losers, and unleash the energy renaissance.” The other major five agencies he would eliminate also include the Department of Education, Department of Commerce, Department of Housing and Urban Development, and probably to most people’s delight: the IRS.
Other energy-related departments he woiuld eliminated include:
- Climate Ready Water Utilities Initiative
- Climate Resilience Evaluation Awareness Tool
- Climate Research Funding for the Office of Research and Development
- Global Methane Initiative
- Green Infrastructure Program
- Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program
- Regulation of Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Vehicles
- Regulation of CO2 Emissions from Power Plants and all Sources
- Renewable Fuel Standard Federal Mandates
- and many others.
To learn more on Ted Cruz and the issues, visit his official site.
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