Environment

“I will work to remove government barriers to replacing coal burning and oil burning powerplants in the United States with safe, non-polluting, high-tech nuclear powerplants and allowing off-grid use of solar power. Worldwide, I believe we need to consider all scientific and economic knowledge to care for our environment and not cherry-pick data to support a pre-determined outcome. Most pollution is generated in developing countries, so reducing pollution worldwide requires cost-efficient, zero-emission energy sources like nuclear.”

I believe we need to consider all scientific and economic knowledge to care for our environment. I implore our best and brightest across the nation to develop the best ideas.

Scientists, entrepreneurs, and inventors are guaranteed to discover the answers to our questions, and are even more likely to do so without government involvement impeding their progress. Those same individuals in the marketplace of ideas can better decide which energy sources should be a priority, rather than Washington bureaucrats.

Some in our government wish to impose a “Green New Deal” which would cost taxpayers nearly $100 trillion and would cripple our workers and consumers through top-down initiatives that offer little in the way of realistic results. This kind of legislation is neither rational nor workable. We cannot leave as important a priority as our environment to a government that can’t even deliver mail on time.

The President and Congress should provide a roadmap and not a mandate upon our economy, allowing innovators to brainstorm and prosper.

Perhaps the most important aspect of a Libertarian environmental solution is not being in the business of picking winners and losers.

The federal government gives about $15 billion annually to oil and coal companies. And this doesn’t even include the cheap public land leases that disproportionately go to these companies. This is nothing but corporate welfare.

I will work with Congress to end all energy subsidies and level the playing field. Additionally, we must reduce barriers and red tape that entrench existing energy sources like fossil fuels and prevent competition and innovation, which can help to create cleaner energy.

The most promising source of energy is nuclear, whose carbon footprint is vastly outmatched by its efficiency. France derives about 75% of its electricity from nuclear energy. Because of this, it is the world’s largest net exporter of electricity, taking in $3 billion annually.

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) should streamline its regulations to allow for more plants to be constructed and put into use. In the U.S., no new nuclear plants have come online in the last 30 years. Long delays have prevented new plants from being built. In China, it takes only four years.

We have seen firsthand how competition improves our environment. The proliferation of the internet and technology has saved trees and reduced the amount of paper in our homes and offices. The introduction of ride-sharing services like Lyft and Uber has increased the prevalence of carpooling and allows more people to live without vehicles of their own.

Whether it is trains, planes, automobiles, or energy, the federal government should not play favorites in any sector, let alone determine how we and our families get to work and school and then back to our homes every day. 

As President, I will return to each state some of the many responsibilities that have been entrusted to the federal government. Local communities and individuals are nearly always better equipped to decide upon what will work for their economy while preserving the environment.

My White House will bridge the divide that we currently see between fiscal responsibility and environmental conservation. I will show Americans who are deeply concerned about the environment that protecting it does not require taking on crippling debt. We can have both a thriving economy and an environment that is clean and safe.