Mike Rawlings on Energy & Oil



Never support drilling that creates safety hazard

[Rawlings] showed up at a screening of the powerful anti-drilling film Gasland, where he promised residents he would never vote for anything that made them unsafe. Anti-drilling activist Raymond Crawford said he had reservations about Rawlings during the campaign but is being won over. "It appeared that he was a candidate that was pre-selected by the Dallas Citizens Council. I think he's dispelled those impressions pretty easily," Crawford said.
Source: By Rudolph Bush in Dallas News, "Nuanced" , Oct 1, 2011

Moratorium on gas drilling; no fracking until proven safe

At a campaign forum in far western Oak Cliff's Mountain Creek neighborhood last night, David Kunkle and Mike Rawlings each said that if elected mayor, they'd push for a moratorium on gas drilling. Rawlings too said it was at least too soon to know if gas drilling would be safe in Dallas, and said he'd call for a moratorium. He's particularly worried about what happens to the spent fracking water once it's trucked away from the drill sites, and said he would never have supported leasing city land to gas drillers in the first place.

"As mayor, if I need to go and sell gas rights to make the budget, I'm not a very good mayor. You need a mayor that is able to grow the pie in a clean and productive way," he said, not necessarily referring to pizza, but maybe.

Source: Patrick Michels in Dallas Observer , May 4, 2011

Observe Paris Climate Agreement in city, if not federally.

Rawlings signed the Letter from ClimateMayors.org

Statement from the Climate Mayors in Response to President Trump's Withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement: As 407 US Mayors representing 70 million Americans, we will adopt, honor, and uphold the commitments to the goals enshrined in the Paris Agreement. We will push for new action to meet the 1.5 degrees Celsius target, and work together to create a 21st century clean energy economy.

We will continue to lead. We are increasing investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency. We will buy and create more demand for electric cars and trucks. We will increase our efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions, create a clean energy economy, and stand for environmental justice. And if the President wants to break the promises made to our allies enshrined in the historic Paris Agreement, we'll build and strengthen relationships around the world to protect the planet from devastating climate risks.

Opposing argument from the Heritage Foundation, 6/1/2017: President Donald Trump has fulfilled a key campaign pledge. The Paris Agreement, which committed the U.S. to drastically reducing greenhouse gas emissions, was a truly bad deal. Here are four reasons Trump was right to withdraw.

  1. The Paris Agreement was costly and ineffective--$2.5 trillion in gross domestic product by the year 2035.
  2. The agreement wasted taxpayer money. The Obama administration ended up shipping $1 billion in taxpayer dollars to corrupt governments, not those who actually need it.
  3. Withdrawal is a demonstration of leadership. The media is making a big to-do about the fact that the only countries not participating in the Paris Agreement are Syria and Nicaragua. But misery loves company, including North Korea and Iran, who are signatories of the deal.
  4. Withdrawal is good for American energy competitiveness. The best way for American energy companies to be competitive is to be innovative, not build their business models around international agreements.
    Source: Statement from 407 US Mayors on ClimateMayors.org 19-LTR-CM on Apr 15, 2019

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