Oct
25
2011

Jon Huntsman's Positions and Statements

Huntsman Warned The Obama Administration Was At War With Coal, Which Would Cost Jobs And Cause Blackouts This Summer.

Quote: Today coal is under siege from government regulations and litigation. There are even efforts to halt the export of our coal, which would destroy American jobs when we now need them most. This summer, in fact, we will likely see blackouts as a result of the administration’s assault on coal, which will take 8 percent of U.S. generating capacity offline.”

(David Anderson, “Jon Huntsmans Resorts To Fear Mongering On EPA, Coal Fired Power Plants,” New Hampshire Primary 2012, 12/5/11)


Huntsman Called For Eliminating All Energy Subsidies As President.

“Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman (R) outlined his energy policy at a speech at the University of New Hampshire today, vowing to “systematically” eliminate energy subsidies if elected president.”

(Jennifer Yachnin, “Huntsman Decries Subsidies, Backs Keystone Pipeline In Energy Speech,” E&E News PM, 11/1/11)

Huntsman Called to Redirect Funds From Subsidies To Research At Universities.

“Huntsman vowed that if elected, he would move to eliminate all energy subsidies — for both renewable and traditional fuels — and said the funds should instead be used for “basic research” at universities, rather than in industry. “We will stop using limited federal resources to prop up individual companies,” Huntsman said.”

(Jennifer Yachnin, “Huntsman Decries Subsidies, Backs Keystone Pipeline In Energy Speech,” E&E News PM, 11/1/11)

“American Is Drowning In Energy Resources, So We Must Remove The Regulatory Constraints On The Production Of Domestic Energy,” Huntsman Said.

(Jennifer Yachnin, “Huntsman Decries Subsidies, Backs Keystone Pipeline In Energy Speech,” E&E News PM, 11/1/11)


Calls for Investigation of Oil ‘Monopoly’

“Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman says federal officials must investigate what he calls a monopoly of the oil industry.”

(Associated Press, “In Energy Speech, Huntsman Calls for Investigation of Oil ‘Monopoly,’ Washington Post, 11/1/11)


Plan For President Includes Dramatically Reining In The EPA.

“Dramatically Rein In The EPA. While the nation struggles to recover from economic turmoil, EPA has imposed vast new rules on the nation’s energy producers, crippling one of the most critically important components of economic recovery: energy supply.”

(Jon Huntsman For President, http://www.jon2012.com/, Accessed 10/12/11)


Opposes New Ozone Standard

“Among The Rules Gov. Huntsman Will Oppose Is A New Ozone Rule That Would Effectively Halt New Construction.”

(Jon Huntsman For President, http://www.jon2012.com/, Accessed 10/12/11)

Quote: “We Need Serious Regulatory Reform. Not Just Repealing Obamacare But Ending The EPA’s Regulatory Reign Of Terror.”

(Fox News Network’s Special Report, 8/12/11)


Blamed EPA Regulations For U.S. Being Paralyzed From Building New Refineries And New Nuclear Power, Which He Called Critical

Quote: “Right now, federal EPA regulations make it almost impossible to build a refinery or a new nuclear power plant. Nuclear power must be part of our mix if we’re going to achieve great energy independence, so we will need new nuclear power plants. It’s not that we need to jettison the EPA altogether, but let it stick to the priorities of ensuring clean air and clean water.”

(Paul Brinkmann, “Jon Huntsman Talks Regulation, Tax Loopholes,” South Florida Business Journal, 9/21/11)


Supports Natural Gas as a Way of Creating Energy Independence

Quote: “I believe we can wean ourselves from that imported oil simply by converting to natural gas. Everyone knows where the sensitive areas are that shouldn’t be drilled in. The Everglades are one of those areas. We can rely more on domestic supplies of natural gas, oil and the Tar Sands.”

(Paul Brinkmann, “Jon Huntsman Talks Regulation, Tax Loopholes,” South Florida Business Journal, 9/21/11)


Touted Carbon Capture And Sequestration As “Huge Boost” To Clean Coal.

“Huntsman pointed to CCS research efforts at the University of Utah, where “we found the best research talent we could” on the issue, and said CCS would be a “huge boost” for clean coal. Huntsman also touted research on biofuels and efforts to upgrade the power grid in rural Utah to enable renewable energy, in what could be harbingers of more detailed pronouncements on energy policy from his campaign.”

(“Huntsman Walks Fine Line On Climate Change, Touts Natural Gas,” EnergyWashington Week, 8/10/11)


Touted Utah’s Push To Become The Nation’s Leader In Renewable Energy

Quote: “Utah’s attempt to become the nation’s leader in renewable energy is happening because the people are insisting that it get done. Yes, our base load has been, very reliably, coal from the very beginning, but the world is a changing place. And it always will be coal in terms of a very large percentage of what we rely upon. But on the other end, you’ve got to do something a little different. We’re going to make it happen here.”

(Brice Wallace, “Huntsman Says People Are Pushing New Energy,” Desert Morning News, 2/28/09)