Nikki Haley on Energy & Oil



Climate change is real, but no extreme transitions

Q: In the first debate, you were the only candidate who acknowledged the reality of climate change.

HALEY: You know, it's interesting, because I think that this has been made to be a partisan issue. And it shouldn't be. We all want clean air. We all want clean water. We all want a world for our kids that we know is going to be strong and healthy for them. And so, if you look at that, then it's, how do we get there, right? I do think climate change is real. I think that's acknowledging a fact. We need to acknowledge our facts to know where we go. The problem is, we have seen extremes. So we have seen some people who say, "oh, climate change doesn't exist." And then we see others who say, like Biden, "everybody's got to drive an electric car by 2033." You don't live in extremes. But you also look at, what's the transition? Rather than demonizing producers, partner with the producers, because you will find a lot of the energy producers want to do innovation.

Source: CNN Town Hall: interviews of 2024 presidential candidates , Jan 18, 2024

Not smart to mandate electric cars too by 2035

Q: Would you do anything to cut carbon emissions?

HALEY: Everybody wants to have clean air, clean water. But how do we do that? The first thing is, you don't deal in extremes. The second thing is, we'll roll back all of Biden's green subsidies because they're misplaced. Rather than putting anything towards innovation--nuclear fusion and other things that reduce emissions--[Democrats want] everybody to drive an electric car by 2035. That's not even smart. By the way, Ron [DeSantis] took Biden's stimulus money and did charging stations all throughout Florida. I wouldn't have taken the stimulus money. But what that does is basically, we don't have the infrastructure. Not just charging stations--electric vehicles are heavy. Our roads and bridges wouldn't be able to handle that if we did that because they're heavy in weight. Not to mention 70% of the batteries in electric cars are made in China. If we're going to do it, innovate it, transition and do it the right way, not in extremes.

Source: CNN 2024 pre-Iowa caucus one-on-one debate , Jan 10, 2024

Ask China and India to lower their emissions

Vivek RAMASWAMY: I can say this: the climate change agenda is a hoax. And the reality is the anti-carbon agenda is the wet blanket on our economy.

Gov. Nikki HALEY: Is climate change real? Yes, it is. But if you want to really change the environment, then we need to start telling China and India that they have to lower their emissions. That's where our problem is. And these green subsidies that Biden has put in, all he's done is help China because he doesn't understand all these electric vehicles that he's done, half of the batteries for electric vehicles are made in China. And so, that's not helping the environment. You're putting money in China's pocket. And Biden did that. We need to acknowledge the truth, which is these subsidies are not working. We also need to take on the international world and say, 'okay, India and China, you've got to stop polluting.' And that's when we'll start to deal with the planet.

Source: Fox News 2023 Republican primary debate in Milwaukee , Aug 23, 2023

There can be solar and wind, but you can't do it tomorrow

Let's talk about what we want to do if we want to focus on energy. What we don't want to do is go hat in hand to Saudi Arabia or get dirty oil from Iran or Venezuela. What we do want to do is look at what does transitioning look like. You can't do it tomorrow, but what you can do is transition and that's where we say that let's do an all-of-the-above energy approach. Yes, there can be solar. Yes, there can be wind, but you can't do it tomorrow.
Source: CBS Face the Nation on 2023 Presidential primary hopefuls , Jul 30, 2023

We're not the problem; China and India are the problem

The reason I pulled us out of the Paris Climate Agreement was not because I don't want us to have a good environment. It was because the Obama administration had put so many regulations on our businesses that we were suffering. And that was the promise in the Paris Climate Agreement. You know what China's promise was? That they would deal with it in 10 years. And I dealt with the Chinese enough to know 10 years never comes. We're not the problem. The Chinese and Indians are the problem.
Source: CNN Town Hall: interviews of 2024 presidential candidates , Jun 4, 2023

Strongly advocated for withdrawing from Paris climate accord

Nikki turned up the heat on China after decades of soft-on-China U.S. policies. Nikki was a strong advocate of withdrawing the U.S. from the Paris climate accord, arguing that it was a flawed agreement that gave China a free pass and would destroy American jobs. She regularly slams China for committing genocide. She also called for bringing manufacturing back to America from China and argued for strengthening our relationship with Taiwan and other Asian allies.
Source: 2024 Presidential campaign website NikkiHaley.com , May 7, 2023

Socialist Democrats want to ban gas powered cars, gas stoves

The Socialist Democrats don't just want to spend their money, they want to take our freedom. They think they have a right to order us around from light bulbs we use to the words we speak and now they want to ban gas powered cars and gas stoves. When it comes to destroying our freedom, the Socialist Democrats will never stop. It's time for the American people to stop them.
Source: Speech at the 2023 CPAC Conference in Maryland , Mar 2, 2023

Paris climate agreement cost US too many jobs

Q: 194 countries have signed the Paris climate agreement. Only three nations are not signatories to it, the United States, Nicaragua, which thought the emissions standards were not tough enough, and Syria. So on the one issue that unites the world, essentially, the US is now isolated, the proverbial skunk at the garden party.

HALEY: Well, I don't think we're the skunk at the party. I think that we watched out for our country. When I was a governor in South Carolina, I know how tough those regulations President Obama put on us, because of the Paris agreement, were on our businesses and on our industries. It directly hit our jobs. We're going to make sure we're looking out for the U.S. first. We will always be a leader in the environment. That's what we do, that's who we are. But we're going to make sure that we're not hurting our companies in the process. And there is a balance. There is clearly a difference between us and Nicaragua, and us and Syria. The world knows that.

Source: CNN 2017 interviews of 2020 hopefuls , Jun 4, 2017

Open the Savannah River Site nuclear reactor fuel project

Two of the Democrats seeking to challenge Sen. Tim Scott pledged to work toward completing & keeping open a multibillion-dollar nuclear reactor fuel project at Savannah River Site, saying they wouldn't support the Obama administration's plans to shutter the facility.

That stance is the same as one taken by many Republicans in South Carolina, including Gov. Haley. Earlier this year, Haley mounted a lawsuit against the federal government after the administration said it planned to halt construction on the facility, citing escalating costs and delays. South Carolina ultimately dropped its challenge after the government said it would continue to fund the program through the end of the current fiscal year.

Part of a US-Russia nonproliferation agreement to dispose of weapons-grade plutonium, the plant has been slow to attract customers for the commercial reactor fuel it will produce. It is more than three years behind its 2016 completion deadline and is billions of dollars over budget.

Source: Augusta Chronicle on 2014 South Carolina governor's race , May 29, 2014

Not now, not ever, support raising the gas tax

I will not--not now, not ever--support raising the gas tax. The answer to our infrastructure problems is not to tax our people more, it's to spend their money smarter. Why would we raise the gas tax to improve infrastructure when all the gas tax dollars we currently collect don't go to improving our infrastructure?

Millions of dollars each year in gas tax revenue are being diverted away from our bridges and our highways. Let's invest more of the money we already have into this vital area.

Source: 2013 State of the State address to S. C. Legislature , Jan 16, 2013

Supports off-shore drilling near South Carolina coast

South Carolina Republican gubernatorial hopeful Nikki Haley said she would support oil drilling off her state's coast as governor. "But before we go forward I think we need to be very careful going forward that we know exactly what we're walking into and how we're going to do that."
Source: Political Ticker, CNN, "Off'shore drilling" , Jun 21, 2010

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